Easy Personalized Family Picture Wall

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Picture walls are a fun way to share your family photos. My friend, Natalie Faunce, wanted to create a family picture wall for her home. Natalie is the host of the television show,  “Daytime Blue Ridge.” I have been contributing to this show as the “Lifestyle and Design” expert for almost 2 years now and have really enjoyed working with her. This is the first project we have collaborated on. The idea was hers and I figured out how to create it.  The “how to” steps are listed below as well as the clip from our TV segment.

Supplies and Steps

1.Pine wood plank. ($10 for 9” x 6’ board)

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I had my wood planks cut 3 feet by 9 inches. I chose pine wood because it is lightweight to mount on the wall and inexpensive.

2.Your choice of paint for your board.

I created the “antique”look on my board by using a metallic gold spray paint as a base coat. I tried to focus on some of the pine knots to make sure those were covered well.

 

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I then used this home decor chalk paint by Folk Art.  I watered it down a bit to create a more sheer wash.

 

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The instructions on this brand did not say to use a wax, but I did. I used the clear wax for Decorative Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan all over the board and then buffed it. I used the dark wax sporadically on the board and then buffed it to create the antique look.

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3. Black acrylic paint (for names and birthdays.)

I used my Silhouette machine to create stencils for the names and dates.

 

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If you don’t have this machine, you can use your computer and print out the names and dates with the font of your choice. Use carbon paper to trace the letters onto your board. The carbon paper will transfer the letters directly to your board. The important thing is to make sure the letters are even and consistent. Neatness counts on this project!

 

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4. Clock ($3.88 for this clock from Walmart)

 

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You will turn the hands to the time your baby was born. This clock did not come with batteries, but if it did, remove them. I used dual mounting tape to mount this to the board.

 

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5. Picture frames ($1.00 from The Dollar Store)

I used 4×6 photos for this project. Natalie had a professional photographer take photos of her girls. I do think it is important to use high quality photos for your project.

 

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6. Ribbon to hang frames

I created a grid on the back of my board. I used this grid to make sure the pictures were mounted evenly. I was creating two and they would be hanging together, so having them even and consistent was very important.

 

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7. Frame hooks

I used these hooks to push into the back of the frames.

 

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I then pulled the ribbon through and tied them in a bow.

 

 

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I mounted them (following the grid) by stapling the ribbon to back.

 

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8. Sawtooth hooks

I hammered these into the back of the boards. I used the grid I created as the guideline for the hooks.

 

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I will update this blog with pictures of Natalie’s completed picture wall.  Here are photos of the completed project being displayed on the floor.

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Here is the clip from the show.

 

As always, my craft supplies (hooks, ribbon, paint, etc.) came from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

 

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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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