As you know, our formal pictures are in our formal living room. For the Family Room, I wanted something more casual. I’ve seen several ideas about cutting boards and Mod Podging on photos so they look like they’re on gallery boards or canvas, etc. I was going to do that, but then it evolved to all the pictures being on one board – I LOVE it! And so I put together a quick tutorial for a Photo Wall Art – Portrait Display:
First, I took down my curtains from my family room (seen at the bottom of this Post About Curtains) and rigged them up outside so I could take pictures with them as the background – I knew the pictures would match the room that way! For the casual feel I went with some crazy faces and some not – just take A LOT of pictures so you have options. The hardest was to get my just-turned-2-year-old to make crazy faces on demand – I ended up making faces at him and he would mimic them back. I made 8×10 prints (through MPix – so impressed with them), but you can even make 8x10s at a 1 hour photo if you want.
To start, I painted a thin board (it can’t be too heavy because it’d be trickier to hang on the wall) black – obviously, color choice is up to you. I had the board cut to 36 inches by 40 inches – I have 12 pictures with 1.5 inch gaps between everything.
Then I put mod podge on the back of the pictures and stuck them down where I wanted them.
Then I put a generous coat of Mod Podge over the top of everything – this helped seal down the edges of the pictures and give some texture (like canvas) to the finish.
We went with exposed hardware and put a screw and washer in each corner. Trevor found some rubber spacer things and used those behind the board (kind of hard to see – it’s black) to make the board sit out from the wall – I love that.
It fills up the wall behind the couch. This view is standing in the family room looking back into the kitchen:
The kids love having their “crazy faces” hanging on the wall. I love the impact and personality it adds to our family room. You can do this – it’s just spreading glue on a board – go try it!