the hallway: upgraded

15th August 2012

Back in October, I painted our hallway a light gray and hung some of our favourite travel photos in cheap-o clip frames that we already owned (see that post here). I had said at the time that I’d like to update it with better frames down the road, and well, the time has arrived. We switched up some artwork elsewhere in the house (more on that later), so a bunch of our white IKEA ribba frames became available.

As per my usual method, I cut pieces of newspaper/gift wrap to the sizes of my frames and taped them up onto the wall until I got the placement just right.

Then it was just a matter of hanging all the pics. I actually nail right through the paper so that I can get the placement exactly right, and then rip the paper down afterwards, before my photo goes up.

Here’s the after. So much brighter and happier, right?

I love how it fills up so much of the wall. It definitely makes the space feel way bigger, and there is just so much to look at. We switched up some of the photos for posters, prints, and paintings. Since the frames are all the same, it’s nice to mix up the content to keep it fresh and fun.

This sweet little painting was one that had been in my grandmother’s sketch book. I got all of her painting stuff when she passed away, and had been holding onto this little guy until I found the perfect spot. The scene is of the park across the street from the retirement home where she lived in the last few years of her life (and also happened to be down the road from the home I grew up in). It’s so nice to have a little piece of her in the house.

Now that I have this side done, I can’t wait to work on the opposite blank wall of the hallway. I also need to do something about the light fixture (it’s of the boob variety, like the one in the front hallway). One step at a time!

How about you guys? Hung any art arrangements around your pad lately? Any DIY artwork to share? I’m always looking for good ideas! 

  • http://ramblingrenovators.blogspot.com Jen @ RamblingRenovators

    The gallery wall looks great! Your grandmother’s drawing has to be my favourite thought. She was very talented!

    • gemma

      Thanks Jen – it’s definitely my favourite too. She was an artist that specialized in painted china and florals (she illustrated some books). It’s so nice to have little pieces of her around the house.

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://chicnsavvyreviews.net Kelsey Apley

    Looks lovely!! great re-do!!

  • http://house-pretty.blogspot.com Amelia @ House Pretty

    It looks fantastic! I really like all the art you’ve chosen.

    • gemma

      Thanks Amelia! Luckily they were all pieces/photos I already had floating around the house!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.puffshouse.blogspot.com jackie

    Hey Gemma,

    How timely! We are about to paint our new old house and I was thinking of doing a really deep charcoal on the entry way up the stairs and then popping it with tons of white frames. But my little brain was like “hmm…can you get good white frames?” and here was my answer this morning! The bridge made my heart skip when you said it was your grandmas. What a beautiful gift to inherit.

    • gemma

      Oooh I love the sound of your charcoal wall and white frame combo. It’ll look fab!! I love the IKEA Ribba frames – totally classic and budget friendly.

      Good luck!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com Olga@StardustDecorStyle

    This looks way better! Indeed it makes the wall look bigger, brighter and may I say classy!

    • gemma

      Thanks Olga! I couldn’t agree more :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.modernjanedesign.blogspot.com modern jane

    Love this! I think all white frames are perfect for hallways as they aren’t too imposing in small spaces! Great arrangement too:)

    • gemma

      I totally agree – the white sort of blends into the wall and doesn’t pop too much. Thanks!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

    This looks awesome! Did you purchase all the frames from IKEA? Love the painting that you grandma did….shes a great artist!

    • gemma

      Yep absolutely. They are all the IKEA Ribba frame – classic and budget friendly!

      xo,
      gemma

  • Sarah Logan

    Gem, I love this! I was thinking of doing something similar with all white frames in my newly painted basement. Now that I see how amazing yours looks, I can’t wait to do mine!
    xo

    • gemma

      Awesome!! They actually make a big difference. Good luck with yours!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.mydailyrandomness.com/ Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness.

    It looks fabulous! I am dying to do a gallery wall in my house… just have to move in first! lol

  • Jennifer

    Hi Gemma,
    That gallery wall looks amazing!
    It’s soo “Young House Love”!! Great transformation

    • gemma

      Haha – I know!! What can I say? Gray walls and white IKEA frames are a good combo :) Thanks Jennifer!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.one21design.com Elaine Rushlow

    This is about your bathroom again sorry couldnt find a way to email you :)Sorry to bug you again so the bottom part of your vanity was it the one from Ikea as well? Did you just cut down the unit in depth and what about the drawer slides did you buy new ones? Going to Ikea tonight :) Big Bathroom even on you know.

    • gemma

      Hi Elaine – the bottom part of the vanity was all DIY’ed with wood from our local hardware store. We thought about buying the IKEA unit and cutting it down to size, but then realized that building the whole thing ourselves would save us a bit of money and we wouldn’t risk it not fitting perfectly (important since we were working with such a tight space). We bought our drawer slides from Lee Valley Tools (a Canadian hardware/garden store).

      Hope that helps! Feel free to email me: thesweetestdigs@gmail.com

      xo,
      gemma

  • Abby

    Great gallery wall. Would love to do the same thing in our hallway. What size are the frames? How many did you use?
    Thanks.

    • gemma

      Hi Abby! I used a variety of sizes of the IKEA Ribba frames – most are 8×10 and 11×17. Not even sure how many I used… the key is to tape up the placement of the frames on the wall (using newspaper cut to size) beforehand so you know exactly how many you need for the look you’re going for. Good luck!

      xo,
      gem

      • http://www.handpickedmiracle.wordpress.com P

        I am terrible at visualizing photo frames and wall decor. I always bust out the tape measure and graph paper. This trick is genius! I’m finally excited about restarting my wall decor project that I never finished! Thanks!

        • gemma

          Yeah it definitely makes life a whole lot easier (and faster)!! Good luck!

          xo,
          gem