Creating my Dream Gallery Wall with Wilko – AD

Creating my Dream Gallery Wall with Wilko – AD

*This post contains items purchased with a gift card that was gifted from Wilko.

Years before I owned my own house, I dreamed of the day I could have a gallery wall. Yes, my dreams are that sad but it makes me happy. And for the last three years that we’ve lived here, I’ve been collecting art, cards and prints ready for this day. We had a few frames and canvas’s up in the living room but there were a lot of gaps.

gallery wall - living room

So last month when Wilko offered to help me finish my gallery wall, I couldn’t say no. It’s impressive to think that with a £30 gift card I managed to get 9 of the 18 items on the wall from Wilko. Part of the reason why I’ve delayed finishing my gallery wall is trouble finding frames that are nice but not going to break the bank. Why didn’t I think of Wilko?

gallery wall - pickles not amused

There are even different ranges so you could have everything matching to one colour. But of course I didn’t go for that (sorry mum) and decided to have a mix of three. To be fair I did choose black, white and oak which is quite minimal. I wanted the art inside the frames to take centre stage.

gallery wall - closeup right

I love how inexpensive Wilko’s photo range is and yet it doesn’t look that way at all. The range I picked from was their middle one I would say. There was an even cheaper range which would be perfect for students and also a more expensive range that would be great for ladies and gents into their bling.

gallery wall - bottom close up

A lot of the frames I picked up were box frames which means you could actually fit some smaller 3D items inside. I took advantage of this for one of the frames in particular and displayed one of the badges Topher and I got on our honeymoon in Disneyland.

gallery wall - length

I love my gallery wall so much. I just can’t stop looking at it. I’ll tell you a secret – the night I finished it and went to bed, I actually got out of bed one more time and snuck downstairs just to look at it one last time.

gallery wall - landscape

Considering the last time I showed you my living room it looked like this, I might be pretty close to showing you the rest of the room! Watch this space. And a big thank you to Wilko for giving me the nudge I needed to get this room looking awesome.

Do you have a gallery wall?

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The Kitchen Nook Gallery Wall

So I was at odds today on what I should write about. I didn’t really think I had anything to say. But I remembered that I never showed you the beginnings of my gallery wall in the kitchen. It’s similar to the idea of the gallery wall I have on the landing but it’s more niche. I thought about waiting until we’ve painted to hang things but it’s going to be at least a year or two so we may as well enjoy the prints until then. This is just in the nook where we eat in the kitchen. Technically it’s a kitchen diner but I don’t think it’s big enough to call it that. So a nook it is.

Every print is going to be food related. Topher and I love a good pun and we’ve been collecting them for a year or two now. So far, all but two of them are from the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail subscription I had last year. And I’ve actually got a few more though they’re proving more difficult to find frames for due to their odd shapes. The other two are from Paperchase.

A small tip for you by the way. Kids, always check the back of the picture frames when you purchase them from a pound shop. As it turned out, the three white ones (and also some that are on the landing) are not meant to be hung on the wall. They’re just for standing so there’s nowhere for them to hang on a nail – the back is completely flat. Oops.

That was easily fixed though. With the help of my trusty glue gun and some string, I made some DIY hangers so that there was something for a nail to catch onto. That and I removed the stands from the back so they would hang flat against the wall. Sorted.

So far we have the following:

Clockwise from left (the middle one is last):

  • I am a Unicorn (from Paperchase)
  • Let’s Taco ‘Bout It
  • You’re kind of a big dill
  • Complex Carbohydrates (literally a bunch of potatoes, bread etc saying stuff like What is my purpose? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life?) – from Paperchase
  • But first, coffee
  • Coffee cup surrounded by sayings like “I have a latte feelings” and “Words cannot espresso.
  • You are the pumpkin spice to my latte

They all make me smile every time I look at them.

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The Landing: The After Shot

The landing is finished! Well, at least the wallpaper striping and painting part is. As I mentioned last month, I was ready to decorate our landing after living with the wallpaper I hated since we moved in March. Take a look at what it looked like before. Not horrendous but definitely not my taste. So here it is with the finished white walls. Sorry the photo quality is bad – it’s the time of year where there’s terrible light!

The landing after 1

As you can see, the walls are super plain now but I plan on making a gallery wall up the stairs so that will improve over time. I’ve put up the prints we currently have ready but I’ll be adding photos and more prints to the mix. I kind of like the fact that it’s a work in progress. Yes I could have gone out and bought a bunch of frames and quickly picked out some pictures but I think that this way it will allow us to only put up stuff that we really love. That and we do not have the money lying around to do it all now!

The landing after 2

My vintage Some Like It Hot poster has been put back in it’s rightful place and though funnily enough it did look good with the old wallpaper, I love it so much more now. I can’t wait until the walls are filled but I’m looking forward to building our collection. We plan on putting more large pictures upstairs on the other walls but that requires actually going out and finding things we like so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

The landing after 3

As for the actual process of stripping the wallpaper, all I can say is that it’s easy but it’s hard. I know it doesn’t make sense but it was easy in the way that painting is easy for me, but hard in the way that the ceiling was very high on the stairs. That was definitely the difficult bit. I did the majority myself (without a ladder) but Topher had to step in to get the bits right at the top.

The landing after 4

So I’m sure you’re thinking how did I do it without a ladder? I’m a ninja. And I duct-taped the scraper/paint brush etc to the end of a mop. Who needs fancy tools eh? Though I did get a bit scrape-happy and gouge a bit of the walls when I first started stripping at the top of the stairs. Oops! On the bright side, Polyfilla is so easy to use! New skills learned. And I also learned I’m not that great at sandpapering. Lucky we’re covering the wall in frames, right?

The landing after 5

So here’s the beginning of the gallery wall. Clockwise from the top left is; a postcard from London when we used to live there, a cat print from etsy, the home sweet home and hello print are both from A Beautiful Mess either from the messy box or the happy mail box, the tree print was a gift from Claire and Steve last Christmas and the Hobbit print was from the same etsy shop as the cat print. I’ve already got some other prints ready but I just need to find the right size frames for them because they’re a bit of an odd shape. I’ll probably replace the frames for the London and Hello print too because they’re not exactly the right size.

The landing after 6

Finally, this is our chalkboard (the chalk is currently on walkabout somewhere) which is currently being used to hold our keys. It’s next to the front door. We got it as part of a prize from our London Slimming World group when we won couple of the year back in 2013/2014. I don’t remember exactly which year.

Anyway, that’s the current state of the landing. I’ll do update posts in time when our gallery wall collection grows. Watch this space!

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The Landing – The Before Shot

The moment I saw the wallpaper on the landing in our new house, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was tearing it down. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it, it’s just not to my taste. Plus the cats agreed with me because they’ve been scratching it since the day we moved in. I guess that’s the trouble with textured wallpaper – feels so nice on the claws! I will happily forgive them. It means I get to replace it sooner! It went nicely with the style of the couple that lived here before but I want to give the house our own stamp. I’m also looking forward to getting rid of the wallpaper in the living room!

the landing 2

During years of renting I’ve been dreaming of having my own house to decorate and I’ve known practically the whole time how I would decorate my stairs and landing. White walls and a gallery wall that goes up the entire staircase. I’ve been collecting prints for years in preparation.

The colour that’s on the rest of the walls goes through the entire house and I hate it. It’s a weird cream/beige mixture that looks dirty against the ceilings, which are white. You can already see the transformation in the guest room. I never thought I would be a fan of white but since our belongings are so bright, it works well against them.

the landing 3

Finally I was able to get my hands on the future mother in laws wallpaper steamer contraption so I just thought I would give you a before shot before I got to work. Since we’re having a Halloween party, I’ve set myself the deadline before the end of the month so that it’s ready for visitors. I can’t wait to start. Goodbye stripy wallpaper, hello personality!

Have you ever striped wallpaper before? Any tips?

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