One of my favorite interior designers, Kristen over at LifeStyledCo, regularly creates a gallery wall moment in each of her projects and I decided that the inspiration was finally in need a home here too.
This is not a how-to blog post, because:
- You wouldn’t want to do things how I do them because I am not a perfectionist and my husband usually has to go in behind and me adjust all nail holes and frames #okayest
- Just Google someone else’s tutorial on best practices for gallery walls because, well, see #1.
Gallery Walls for Less Than a Million Dollars
I do however pride myself on achieving a practical, more sophisticated look for less. So for this project, I hit up our trusty old IKEA for 12 square Ribba frames and a trusty ice cream cone – the ice cream is not part of the gallery wall though. Sorry that’s probably confusing. I also would like to comment that I completed the entire trip, purchased and everything, BEFORE my one hour of childcare was up. Thank you and I’ll be sending you my speed walking tutorial next week.
And in case you are wondering, yes, Costco does print this square size 12×12 photo that fits into the matted frame. You’re welcome.
Onto the real stuff: the pictures. That’s all you really care about seeing anyway. Are you even reading these words? Doesn’t hurt my feelings that you aren’t.
I snapped these this past week one day when I had a burst of sudden energy from my Influenza A death bed. The fresh flowers are thanks to a delightful neighbor friend who graced me with chicken noodle soup AND tea AND chapstick, which at first I was like hmm…that’s an interesting addition, but after 4 straight days of a fever, my lips were cracking and falling off in places I didn’t know existed (the lips on my FACE for goodness sakes…get your head out of the gutter!) Clearly, she had been an influenza survivor more than once.
If you can remember back to when we first moved in and were on a serious decor budget, I had DIY’d a faux windowpane mirror that was also an IKEA hack, that served us well, primarily for checking the blackheads on my nose in the mornings everyday, but I was over it and it needed to go. Time for something a little more grown up.
The Case of Wrong Paint Colors
And in a fun twist of thank-the-Lord-Almighty, as I tore down this mirror hack and began to touch up the black paint back to match the wall color, I discovered a problem: the paint that I bought did not match the wall color. And not like oh, this-wall-has-faded-from-years-exposed-to-the-sun not match. No, it straight up was a DIFFERENT color.
Long story short (I shared all of this tragic information on my IG stories awhile back), I have come to discover that the entire interior of my house is actually painted DOVER WHITE by Sherwin Williams instead of White Dove by Benjamin Moore, and that I’ve been lying to you for the last 2.5 years since we moved in.
Ack, the blasphemy!
A Break In the Case
The blessing in disguise though was that I unraveled this paint color mystery in just the knick of time, as the interior of our addition has not yet been painted (Yep, the addition is STILL not done because it’s hard to finish a job that you never show up for STEVE) and I would have told them the WRONG color! Seriously, you could have heard the palm of my hand hitting my forehead from the next neighborhood over when I figured out it was the wrong freaking paint color. Fricking contractors I swear.
So the moral of the story here is that:
- I still have a promising future as a detective for any sort of undercover case. Most amateur interior decorators would have seen that the paints didn’t match and chalked it up to a bad mixing. Not many would have had the intelligence to go back to other paint stores and search until a valid answer was found. I would be a promising hire to solve your local mystery, just hit me up in the contact section for my gumshoe rates. Schedules filling up quickly.
- Dover White by Sherwin Williams IS NOT “close enough” to White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Thanks a lot FRANK. *insert eye roll*
So, case closed. Gallery wall is up. I take ZERO credit for the straightness of any of the frames, but I take all of the credit for the perfection in color matching the paint behind it, of which you can see approximately .5 inches of now. 🙂