Friday, June 14, 2013

Gallery Wall: Change of Art

Reading blogs pays.  You heard it here first.

Awhile back, I won a giveaway from Kelly’s blog (View Along the Way).  The giveaway was for a set of six frames from Change of Art

I was super excited about winning this giveaway. I started a gallery wall in our guest bedroom approximately two years ago.  I wish I was over exaggerating. It was missing frames and photos.  My dad would make smart comments about not recognizing the people in the stock images.  Hardy, har, har.  I couldn’t decide what photos to put in the frames. I needed to buy more.  Excuses, excuses.

I took down the ratty attempt at a gallery wall.  I wish I had a photo. It was good. I patched and painted holes.  I was left with this big, blank wall.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

My Change of Art frames arrived about three months ago. I hung them on Sunday. I don’t like to rush things.  In about 15 minutes, we had our entire gallery wall hung.  Patience pays off.

Change of Art Gallery Wall Guest Room

I was super impressed with the Change of Art frames.  The frames are different because you can easily change out the photos/art you want to display. Which is awesome for someone as indecisive as myself. I’m also accident prone and end up stabbing myself with those stupid black tabby things on the back of most frames.  No blood was shed in this gallery wall.  There is also a spot in the back to store additional photos.  Handy!

Gallery Wall Change of Art

The frames were super easy to hang.  Each frame came individually boxed (all materials are eco-friendly).  In the box was the frame, a hanger, a nail and a paper template to use to assist in arranging/hanging the photo.

I arranged the paper templates on the wall.  I had Nate help me ensure that I had them evenly spaced/level.  I don’t see straight.  Minor problem.  After that, I was on my own.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

Well, I had Ike to help me out.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

All I had to do was place the hanger onto the appropriate spot on the template and hammer away.  (Excuse the look of fear in my eyes.  I hate putting nails in the wall.)

Gallery Wall Change of Art

Once the hangers were installed, I ripped down the templates.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

I then gently placed the frame onto the hanger.  There is a little notch that allows it to rest gently and self-level.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

Gallery wall hung.  And to think it only too me two years.

Change of Art Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Change of Art

For the first gallery wall set-up, I used some black and white Chicago photos from Decor and the Dog Photo.  *shameless plug*

Guest Room Gallery Wall Change of Art

I’m a big fan of the Change of Art frames. Easy to hang, eco-friendly and made in America.  The only downfall I see is that they are a bit pricey for my cheapskate self. Having said that, I will be purchasing another set in the future because I really like how professional they look and how easy they are to hang.  As the old saying goes, sometimes you get what you pay for!

Are you a gallery wall fan?  What’s your longest running project?

***I wasn’t compensated for this post.  I won the frames in a giveaway and was in no way obligated to post about them. Ike and I just thought the frames were pretty awesome.***

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35 comments:

  1. Love them in your bedroom! They are looking PRETTY!
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  2. LOL, I soo wanted to win those!!! Your gallery wall looks great!

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  3. Those are cool! I had never heard of them!

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  4. These frames are cool and that bulldog is the bomb! (i'm not biased at all) :) Of course don't tell Ike, don't want him getting jealous. I still love him dearly.

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  5. Wow, you are the contest winner QUEEN! I love the look of the gallery wall!! Well worth the wait.

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  7. I've never heard of those frames before, but they look pretty awesome!

    I'm notorious for not hanging frames. We have a giant pile of frames that are just hanging around, waiting to go up on the walls.

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  8. The templates for these frames look very helpful. I will definitely have to check them out! I don't think anyone should feel bad when decor projects take years! That's how we like or want certain things in our home! Great work as always! Love Ike!

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  9. woah, they practically hang themselves! I need to get me a few of these.

    //justynn

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  10. Those are really cool! I'd really like to get a couple so I can switch out the art in our house!

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  11. I really like your arrangement - I'm looking for something to go over our sofa. What sizes are those? Is it 1 8x10 and 5 5x7s? I love the template idea - makes it so easy to hang! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Clever product. That looks super easy.

    Those extra pockets look like a great place to hide cash too :)

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  13. I know what it's like to have a project in mind for two years. Your wall looks great and I love the black and white prints. What a great idea to just place the pics in a pocket. I'm going to have to look into getting those frames.

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  14. We've been "collecting frames" for our gallery wall for two years! Yours looks great!

    And I get the exact look of fear when hanging anything in our 75-year-old plaster walls!

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  15. Wow, that looks really great!!! And so easy to hang, that is awesome. I gotta enter some giveaways!

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  16. they look perfect! and i still love that chair. it's a good thing i wasn't dying to see them after you won.... because i'd be dead by now.

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  17. Hi there! I just found out about this post when someone contacted me about the frames--thanks so much! It's a delight to read, and your Chicago prints look great.

    It's so funny that you used your Chicago images... I created a gallery with them (different grouping, in black) for the new website. It's not on there yet (still waiting for all the links to be functional).

    Extra funny about the 'two years'. If you check out 'about', you'll see my first gallery was 'in progress' well over THREE years. With empty frames on the wall, no less. I recall several people saying "Oh, I get it -- the brick wall is your art, right?" Wish I was that clever. I just couldn't make up my mind. And I knew it was going to be a big production, so I kept putting it off (hey, I was busy!). But, this is probably how/why I dreamt up the idea in the first place.

    Again, your prints look great in the 'hometown' gallery. I'll send you a link to the post when it's up (hopefully, soon).

    Mary Ann

    P.S. I totally understand about the plaster walls. Mine are 125+ years old – like stone. I don't dare use a hammer, but a drill (with the finest masonry bit) works great.

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  18. Seems easy enough! I like that they came with those templates. It looks terrific.

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  20. Those frames are beautiful! I never put holes in the wall. Once I tried and ended up with 3 more holes than were necessary. So Rick doesn't ALLOW me to put holes in the wall anymore. :P

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  34. I won some of these frames too from Centsational Girl. I got the Sampler 7 and love them! I split them up though. I have three grouped on my Ana White shelves and waiting to see where I want to put the others. Two of the frames are huge so they'll make a big impact when I decide what I want to do with them, lol.

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