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hallway picture grid

November 3, 2009

I’ve long been a fan of pictures hung in a grid.  Like so:

From Things That Inspire

From Apartment Therapy

From Metropolitan Home

So when I came across a box of the frames we used as our wedding table markers, I quickly figured out what I wanted to do with them.

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You can’t see the full frame in this picture (believe it or not, this is the best picture I have), but each frame has a picture of Jason and I at the age numbered in the frame.  Or a close approximation of that age.  Actually, one of the pictures is of Jason’s brother, Kevin.  Oops! I made these when Jason was away one weekend and had to guess at some of the pictures.

Anyways, after painting our hallway a fresh neutral (it’s sort of white with greige undertones – Martha Stewart by Valspar’s Mercury Glass), I pulled out the box of these frames and got to work.  I used some serious math skills, a yard stick, and a level, and it took about 45 minutes.  I’m also insanely proud of the fact that I didn’t put any unnecessary holes in the wall (a rarity in this house – usually hanging pictures involves at least one misplaced nail hole).

(Ignore the pinkish tones in the below pictures – I  blame our craptastic recessed lights for the weird coloring here.  I’m sure I’ll rant about them sometime in the near future… maybe after I rip them out and replace them with something that actually, you know, gives off light.  Because the increasing lack of sunlight + small windows + these craptastic old recessed lights that don’t fit energy efficient lightbulbs or give off nice amounts of light = seasonal affective disorder.  Rant over.)

After spending hours making these bad boys, I am very happy to have somewhere to display them over and above the few hours they were displayed on our wedding day.  And, we’ve decided that if and when we have kids, it would be pretty darn cute to replace our childhood pictures with pictures of the kids on each of their birthdays!

What do you think?  Anyone else a fan of the photo grid?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. japortma permalink
    November 3, 2009 12:05 pm

    oh man I know who I am hiring to come decorate my house when I get one!!! I love what you are doing!! so creative!

  2. Debbie permalink
    November 3, 2009 1:05 pm

    I LOVE the grid! What a great use for the pictures. The idea of having each child on their birthday is cute but it would also be cute to have them see your childhood pictures on a regular basis.
    I love your ideas ‘ I know you can hang pictures because you did such a great job rehanging ours so they looked nice.

  3. November 3, 2009 8:41 pm

    Hey! Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I am still in undergrad but I am hoping (fingers crossed) to get into the Masters of Counseling Psychology next year so that I can get certified as a Child Life Specialist.

    On another note…I love how pictures/artwork look when they are hung in a grid shape! We are planning on doing that with a few black and white photos from the wedding.

    I hope you have a wonderful evening!

  4. conchobara permalink
    November 3, 2009 9:17 pm

    What a great idea! LOVE IT!!

  5. November 4, 2009 9:35 am

    I love what you did with the frames and pictures from your wedding. Great idea! It looks fantastic!

  6. November 5, 2009 10:28 am

    HI Jen,
    I got so excited when I read this post – I love that idea of all the frames together – I have seen similiar looks in magazines but was kinda shy to try – can I ask a few questions?
    where did you get the small black frames –
    and where did you get the numbers? Are they vinyl stick ons!!
    Love that wall!!!

  7. November 6, 2009 6:43 pm

    I love this so so much. And, I’m just way impressed that you could find an approximation of ages for both of you. When we were doing a photo show, I could hardly find any dates on the pictures. haha…. not so organized.

    I love the way you displayed them. =)

  8. October 12, 2010 11:31 am

    I love this!! What a great idea!!

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