The Family Photo Wall Needs Your Opinion

I’m waiting on the paint to dry on the photo frames, and I thought I’d take the time to update you on my progress so far on the bold decorating move I’m making this weekend on the family photo wall.

Honestly, I need your opinion. My designer friend is out of town, so she’s not here to give me the go-ahead. So, maybe you can help me out… although I’m thinking that none of you will be around on the computer on a Saturday. But, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

After I laid all the photos frames out on the floor, including the plaster footprints of the kids as babies, (not all of the black and whites are in yet) after several adjustments, I snapped a photo of the layout so that I would remember how everything fits together. It was like doing a big puzzle. The mural is large — 50 deep by 85 inches wide. It’s huge… and gorgeous.

This wall makes a big impact… but hey, so does my family. But it’s my family, and I’m partial. But, as far as I’m concerned, anything black and white looks great framed.

Yesterday, I made a great deal of progress. After running to the camera store several times to pick up incomplete orders, after they assured me they were complete, I have all of the pictures ready, except one. (That one will be ready Monday. I have not put all of them in frames yet — as all the black and gold frames are now drying under a coat of a soft brushed gold color that I picked up at Ace Hardware.

Last night, until 12:30 a.m., I was busy tracing the frame outlines onto back issues of the Wall Street Journal. Once they were cut, I began using painters tape to affix them to their spot on the wall.

Funny, the puzzle pieces didn’t all quite fix exactly as they did on the floor — so it was a bit of a struggle. Although it’s much easier to pull tape off the walls than to fix nail holes. You can’t imagine how many times I’ve asked myself, “What would Jodi do?’ Sometimes, I get a clear answer.

The question for now is, do I spend the rest of the evening pounding nails to get them up before sun up tomorrow? Or do I wait on my friend’s approval. Your opinion would be great. Thanks.

And it’s finally done:


8 comments to “The Family Photo Wall Needs Your Opinion”
  1. I think this is a GREAT idea and I have a spot it would look awesome too!! I am thinking of copying it from you!! 😉

    Anyway, I do think it is a bit too aligned….too perfectly rectangular. I liked the example you showed us yesterday with the words in it also and it wasn’t a square on the wall, you know?

    Just my thoughts…it will look great no matter what way you do it!!!

  2. If it were me, I’d want to start nailing, but that’s just my personality.

    If you’ve decided that this is the layout you love, I say go for it. I’m sure you’ve got a level and a yardstick, right?

    If you’re not sure about the layout, though, I’d wait for Jodi’s 2 cents.

    Either way, you can be done this week. I can’t wait to see the final pic!

  3. Susie, I have used straight pins to put up pictures before, it is suprising how much they can hold plus they don’t leave a nail sized hole. Since we moved, I have started using Command Picture Hanging strips and so far they have worked great! Really strong and if I do take them down, no damage at all! I had my fill of spackle & repainting with all of the remodeling, so these are great!

  4. Well you’ve prolly done it by now but I remember a designer friend saying that you needed to identify an external shape (like a rectangle) and arrange everything within that so the outside edges form the rectangle. Does that make sense. In other words…. Your paper on the wall thing looks like the right thing!
    Love the elements like ‘family’ and the plaster feet….

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