Now I don’t know about you, but I do love me a nice gallery wall. So much so, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve grouped together pictures – generally in the most random pattern I could muster. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have image-filled walls, whether it be posters of Showaddywaddy (yes, I am that old) and the Bay City Rollers (be still my Les-loving beating heart), or a collection of framed Bon Jovi postcards snaking up the stairs in Beloved’s and my first home.
That Number One decided to draw around with a permanent marker.
Yes, that really happened.
It was quite masterful really, considering he was only 5 at the time. I have no idea how he reached some of the higher pictures but reach them he did, leaving us with a lovely, unbroken pattern of pen all the way up the walls from the bottom of the stairs to the landing.
Ah… the joys of parenthood. I can’t wait until Granbubbas get their revenge. Ha!
A staple of interior design, the gallery wall is great way to inject style and personality into your home and it’s easy to create a stylish wall of art on the cheap.
If you can stretch the budget, a custom-made frame will really make a handmade masterpiece pop, while a 3-dimensional piece like Stanley the Stag adds a little shop-bought character and quirkiness to your walls.
But what if you don’t want to go to the trouble of arranging a ton of frames? What if you have a large wall space you want to fill quickly, cheaply, and with only a few supplies?
Then this is the perfect project for you!
Get yourself down to B&Q, buy a sheet of MDF and some Polyfilla, grab yourself some paint and you have everything you need to create a large, one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will tart up a big blank wall in no time.
AND it won’t break the bank.
I made this piece to fill a large space on the landing. It’s 1.2m x 61cm (48 x 24 inches) and 6mm thick. The MDF board cost me £8.00 and I already had the rest of the supplies in my craft stash, so the whole thing cost me under a tenner.
I had SO much fun with it, layering the paint and Polyfilla until I was happy.
A few random little pools of silver wax add a bit of 3-dimensional shiny, but you could use silver leaf, gilding wax, silver paint, or nothing at all.
Confession time – I can’t claim this is an original Suzy Homemaker idea; I saw something similar on an episode of the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge. Between you and me, it’s not the first time I’ve stolen an idea from the show, my skull light was also #GIDC-inspired.
I did contemplate framing my MDF art with some pine beading painted silver (or maybe gold, since OneandSeventy’s décor seems to be going that way!) I may still do that in the future but for now, I actually quite like it au naturel.
How about you? Do you think it should be framed? Do you like the idea and the abstract nature of this one? Is it something you think you might try? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop a comment below to let me know, or come on over to Facebook for a chat.
A hui hou,