DIY Gallery Wall Tutorial

So, I feel like I’m saying this ALL. THE. TIME. lately, but it’s been a crazy busy week so far here in the Mercer house!

Our handsome little man turned two this weekend and, though we didn’t plan much in terms of a party, we enjoyed a ton of family time celebrating.
Carson's Birthday

With our busy weekend, I didn’t really get started working on the gallery wall until Monday. I’m SO, SO sorry for the delay, but hopefully you’ll find that it was worth the wait!!!


The gallery wall, as it’s come to be known, is definitely a fast growing trend in home decor and for good reason, they really are a versatile way to fill a large wall space with a ton of creativity and personality!

Since moving into our house last fall, this super awkward wall in our living room has had me stumped.

Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

With it’s weird jump out and then back in, I’ve had no clue how to decorate it.  Enter the GALLERY WALL – I’m pretty sure if it weren’t for pinterest, this wall would remain empty and void of any personality forever!

Desperate to get some pictures up on my wall, I decided to create my own little gallery wall from the pile of frames we still had boxed up in our basement.  Fortunately Unfortunately, I don’t have a stellar picture, but this one of Brady reading a bedtime story to Carson will give you a good idea of what an epic fail it was!

How NOT to do a Gallery Wall

Turns out gallery walls aren’t as random as they may appear and there are better ways to hammer the picture hook in the right spot than trial and error … who knew?!

This time around I decided to take my time and do it right!  I chose some bigger frames to really help fill up the space (clearly that was an issue with my first try).  I played around with different layouts for weeks, leaving things set up on our guest bed and shifting pieces around every time I walked by.
Different Gallery Wall Layouts @ making it in the mountains

Originally, I was drawn to the layouts that lined up to make a perfect square – I liked how put together they looked and my facebook fans agreed when I polled them on their favorites.  Then I started looking through zillions of gallery walls on pinterest (why didn’t I think to do this at the beginning?!) and I realized that a less perfect look would not only allow me to add to it easily down the road, but it turns out I really liked that sort of haphazard, yet still collected look (you can see my favorite layouts here).  Plus, I came across these and just had to add them into the mix!

Sneek Peek Gallery Wall | making it in the mountains

So, after playing around with different layouts on the bed yet again, I finally decided on the one I thought looked best.

Just to be sure that everything would fit just right, I measured the width of the three sections of wall (divided up by that weird jut out), taped some kraft paper together to replicate that width, and laid it all out on the living room floor.  *You could totally skip this step as you’ll get another chance to move things around later before actually nailing into the wall, but with my weird wall(s), this step was extra useful.

gallery wall @ making it in the mountains

I ended up having to flip a few things around as I realized that some of the frames were going to hang over the edge of the wall.  Here’s where I finally landed.

gallery wall @ making it in the mountains

*Note: you’ll notice that the paper on the left has no frames on it – because it’s right next to the window, I’ve decided to leave that little section of wall empty until after we hang some curtains.

Next up, I traced all of my frames onto the paper and cut them out had Brady cut them out while he was relaxing on the couch watching golf (he offered!).  I marked the nail spots from the frames onto the paper cutouts and B (clearly this wasn’t a job for little 4’11 3/4″ old me) taped them onto the wall with painters tape to recreate what I had going on the floor.  *Tip: it definitely helped to have pictures of the planned layout to look back on to make sure we got everything in just the right spot.

gallery wall @ making it in the mountains

Letting it sit for the day on Tuesday gave me a chance to make sure the layout was just right and using painters tape allowed me to adjust things as needed.  Once I was absolutely sure everything was just where it should be (where was this careful thought the first time when I needed it?), all I had to do was hammer a hook into the holes I marked on the kraft paper, rip it all off and hang up our pictures.

Gallery Wall Tutorial @ making it in the mountains

I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but in my search for inspiration (and my subsequent online frame shopping), I actually came across this handy video tutorial that the folks at Pottery Barn put together.  As I was doing this, I wondered many times if it would be as easy and seamless as it appeared to be in the video and, let me tell you, nobody was more surprised to learn that it absolutely was (well, maybe Brady)!

And …..

Here it is!!!

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

DIY Gallery Wall @ making it in the mountains

Need some inspiration for your Gallery Wall?  Here‘s a great place to start!

Already have a gallery wall in your home?  Did you plan it out or wing it?

DIY Gallery Wall Tutorial @ making it in the mountains


Sources:

Mirrored frame: Target (I couldn’t find it online)
Small silver frames: Target (here)
Wood frames: Target (here)
Cream ceramic frame: Target (couldn’t find this one online either)

The antlers, ampersand and M were purchased from The Shabby Shak on Etsy.   I won’t link to this shop simply because I don’t want people to mistakenly click on it thinking I am encouraging you to shop here.  Though I was happy with the antlers and ampersand, the letter M was sent in the wrong colour.  The owner, Angela, sent a bright white when I had actually ordered a creamy white and, because I had requested “creamy white” (as I saw here) rather than just “cream” as listed in her colour choices on this particular listing, she decided that she would only fix it for me if I paid to ship it back.  Feeling like I’d already paid a ton for shipping, I decided to suck it up and use it anyway.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed in not only receiving what I felt like was the wrong colour, but even more in her correspondence and the way she handled things – making me feel as though she was so busy that my order didn’t even matter to her.  I wanted to be honest about my experience with this shop and suggest that you seek out one of the many other fabulous shops that make similar wall decor.  I also want to point out that I have had many, many purchases on Etsy and this is the first and hopefully the only time I have been disappointed with my shopping experience – if you haven’t tried Etsy yet, please, please don’t let my crummy experience scare you away from scoring some amazing things that you would never find anywhere else!

Wishing you a lovely week!!!

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Friday Finds: Here’s what I’ve fallen head over heels for this week

Happy Friday!!!

What a week it’s been with far too much to do and so little time to get it all done … thank goodness the weekend is almost here!  We have SO much to look forward to this weekend with our precious little man turning two on Saturday (I can’t believe it) and who could forget all of those lovely little treasures I purchased for our gallery wall that I just can’t wait to put up?!

Hoping you enjoy this week’s finds as much as I have!
 
 

Favorite Cake Recipe for Spring

 
 
 

Favorite Ikea Hack

 
 
 

Favorite Pallet Wood Project

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Entryway

 
 
 

Favorite Foyer Makeover

 
 
 

Favorite Rustic DIY

 
 
 

Favorite Freebie for the Laundry Room

 
 
 

Favorite Linen Closet

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Bowls

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Remake

 
 
 

Favorite Wall for a Boy’s Room

 
 
 

Favorite Front Porch for Spring

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Bench

 
 
 

Favorite Kitchen Remodel

 
 

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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More Adventures with Chalk Paint: Dresser Makeover

It’s been on my to-do list for more than two years now and it feels so great to say that I’ve FINALLY painted our little antique dresser!!!

Dresser Makeover @ making it in the mountains

I introduced you to this beauty a few weeks ago when I wrote about my maiden voyage with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint HERE.  I fell in love with it when we were shopping for Baby Mercer’s nursery (*note that Baby Mercer is now almost two years old and goes by Carson).  I knew right from the beginning that I would paint it white, yet I still wanted to find a way to keep the character (read: cigarette burns) in that gorgeous wood top.  I chose to paint the base with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White and just a quick coat of wax over the dresser top and drawer knobs definitely brought some life back to the stained wood.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out – the cream colour sets off the beautiful wood tones just right!

Dresser Makeover @ making it in the mountains

Dresser Makeover @ making it in the mountains

Dresser Makeover @ making it in the mountains

I am really am beyond thrilled with how it turned out!!!  So thrilled in fact, that I hate to put it back into our super boring guest room, which is definitely in need of a makeover itself.  Although I am tempted to overhaul the entire room tonight, I promised Brady myself that I would focus on one room makeover at a time.  So it seems that since I’ve already committed to making a room for Carson (you can check out what we’re planning HERE), my dreams of a luxurious guest room will have to wait.  I suppose that’s really okay because, if I’m being honest, I have absolutely no clue what I want to do with it yet anyway.

Instead staying up all night redecorating our guest room, I found a few more things to paint to tide me over:

Chalk Painted Frames @ making it in the mountains

I think these empty antique frames will look lovely grouped on the wall over the dresser (just as soon as I choose a spot for it).

Dresser Makeover @ making it in the mountains

Have you taken the Chalk Painting plunge yet?

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15 Inspiring Gallery Walls that you Simply Cannot Miss!

HAPPY MONDAY!

As planned, we had a lovely and productive weekend here in the Mercer house!  We had some playtime at the park with Carson, a lovely breakfast with friends and enjoyed some walks outside taking in our gorgeous Spring weather. Even with all this fun, we were able to cross all sorts of jobs off of our to-do list and, though it was really satisfying, that part of our weekend was much too ordinary and boring to write at any length about.  So instead, I’ve found something much more fun to share:
 
15 Inspiring Gallery Walls | making it in the mountains
 
Continuing with last week’s theme of tackling projects I’ve been meaning to do for far too long, I’ve started working on a gallery wall for my living room. It had me scouring Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration and I found SO many fabulous ideas that I couldn’t help but share!  If you’re  designing a gallery wall in your home, hopefully this post will help you to get started and if you’re not, these pictures are sure to inspire you to change your mind!

 


I’ve shared this one before, but I’m seriously in LOVE how eclectic and comfortable it looks!

 
 

Isn’t this a brilliant idea to fill a long, empty wall?  I love how simple it is and how easy it would be to switch out the pictures and art.

 
 

This one couldn’t possibly be any more interesting or unique.

 
 

I love how nothing matches in this one, but it still somehow looks so put together.

 
 

The layers and different spacing in this one are really interesting and the wall colour absolutely makes it all pop.

 
 

I pinned this gallery wall long ago.  It is so simple, but the black and white give it a ton of dimension and impact.

 
 

 This gallery wall drew me in with it’s eclectic mixing of pieces and the bold blue wall colour.

 
 

Seriously, there’s no way I could pass this rustic gallery wall by!  With the skis and snow shoes, this would look perfect in our basement!!!

 
 

Love the clean lines in this one, especially when paired with that beautiful, rustic bench.

 
 

 Another one of my absolute faves!  I just can’t get enough of the mixed metals!  The black and white photography and the classicly styled frames help give this nontraditional layout, a very classic look.

 
 

Very simple, yet the contrast has such an impact!!!

 
 

This one is so random and the large spaces between pictures goes against everything I read, but keeping with the colour scheme makes this all work.

 
 

Young House Love did a fabulous job “wallpapering” their halls with this gallery wall!

 
 

A gallery wall without pictures … LOVE it!

 
 

Loving this eclectic mix of metals, art, photos and other interesting pieces!  You definitely need to check out the other photos at Abode Love!

 
 
As I mentioned on Friday, thanks to these inspirational ideas and my online shopping addiction, my gallery wall reveal will have to wait.  Instead this week, in between a day of teaching grade two, packing for our trip to Mexico (more on that another day) and of course getting the house spotless before I can get on a plane, I am hoping to work through a couple of projects that I can’t wait to share!

 

Wishing you all a lovely week!

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Friday Finds: Here are some of my favorites from this week

It’s been another week of lovely weather in Rossland, so we’ve been enjoying many walks and have had some lovely playdates at the park.

Since experimenting with chalk paint on Tuesday (read about it here), I’ve been super busy crossing a million boring tasks off my ever growing to-do list.  Though it feels good to get things done, it hasn’t been much fun and certainly hasn’t inspired me to write much.  I did start work on a gallery wall (those that follow me on making it in the mountains facebook will have seen some pictures).  I had full intentions of making Brady help me put it up that night, but as I scoured coralpinterest for some inspiration, I ended up finding more pieces to add to it … FIGURES! Anybody that knows me, knows that I can ALWAYS find a reason to shop online (maybe Brady’s suggestion of a post about NOT shopping for a month wasn’t such a bad idea!).   So, even though I’m CRAZY excited to share what I’ve come up with, it’ll have to stay spread out on our guest bed for a while (I promise to share some sneak-peeks on bluefb as things arrive!)  .

This weekend will be a busy one, working to accomplish more things that nobody wants to do, let alone read about on a blog (taxes, cleaning windows and installing screens).  I promise that I do have some fun posts in mind to get us all through it though! 😉  For now, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite things this week:
 
 
 

Favorite Design Series

 
 
 

Favorite Dresser

 
 
 

Favorite Living Room Makeover

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Boxes

 
 
 

Favorite Shoes

 
 
 

Favorite Gallery Wall

 
 
 

Favorite Closet Makeover

 
 
 

Wishing everyone such a fabulous weekend!!!

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Friday Finds – Here’s what I’m crushing on this week

I really don’t want to jinx it, but I think perhaps, just maybe, Spring may have actually arrived on time this year!!! We’ve been enjoying the great outdoors and taking in the gorgeous Spring weather all week. Seriously, I am SO excited for Summer that I can’t even fathom complaining once about the heat (I can’t believe I just put that in writing!).

Anyway, as always, I’ve been super busy around the house this week planting an indoor herb garden (pictures to come soon), making shopping lists (yes, multiple) for our trip down to Spokane this weekend & how could I forget the painting and “distressing” of those elusive shelves I keep talking about (hoping to get them up on the wall this weekend, so I can post about them next week!!!). I’ve also spent enormous (I’m talking embarrassingly huge) amounts of time in front of the computer this week – not only did I search for new blogs to nominate in passing along my Liebster Award, I also worked incredibly hard to rework my blog design over the last few days and I’m actually pretty thrilled with how it’s all come together!

I came across some absolutely AMAZING ideas and posts this week in my search of fabulous new blogs and I am so excited to share some of them with you today!
 
 

Friday Favorites | making it in the mountainsFavorite Kitchen Makeover – LOVE this wall colour!

 
 
 

Favorite Jewelry Display \ making it in the mountains

Favorite Jewelry Display

 
 
 

Favorite DIY ShelvesFavorite DIY Shelves

 
 
 

Favorite Must-Try Recipe | making it in the mountainsFavorite Must-Try Recipe

 
 
 

Favorite Wine Nook | making it in the mountainsFavorite Kitchen Nook

 
 
 

Favorite Mudroom | making it in the mountainsFavorite Mudroom

 
 
 

Favorite Copycat DIY | making it in the mountainsFavorite Copycat DIY

 
 
 

Favorite Gallery WallFavorite Gallery Wall

 
 
 
Favorite Dining Table | making it in the mountainsFavorite Dining Table
 
 
 
Favorite Family Room Makeover | making it in the mountainsFavorite Family Room Update

 
 
 

Favorite Dresser | making it in the mountainsFavorite Ikea Dresser Re-do

 
 
 

Have a lovely weekend!
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Shopping for an Outdoor Dining Set

Shopping for an Outdoor Dining Set
With the sun shining and the temperatures creeping up, Spring finally seems to be rolling in! Summer won’t be far behind and let me tell you, there is nothing as beautiful and lovely as summer in the Kootenays! Already, I find myself dreaming about breakfasts outside in the warm summer sun, taking in the amazing mountain views. At the moment our yard is a big, messy pile of snow & mud and, with a million other things to spend our money on this summer, the best we can hope for is a big, messy pile of dirt … so, when we’re not out hiking or biking, we will likely be enjoying the great outdoors on our courtyard deck. Without a place to sit or even set down a drink, it’s not an easy place to relax. Enter the outdoor dining set.

Originally, I figured we’d shell out $500 for a decent dining set up and enjoy it for years to come; however, it seems (like so many other things), I greatly underestimated what it would cost to get even a simple table and some chairs. I could go to ikea or Walmart and find a smaller, less expensive set to get us through the summer for $300-$500 and it would do the job, but I just can’t bring myself to spend so much on something that will be so temporary. So instead, I’ve adjusted our budget to $1000 (*ish).  I’m picturing something with a wood or wicker look, but we need something that will stand up to the elements on our uncovered deck and I’m not really open to doing a ton of maintenance every year, so I’m thinking faux wood and resin wicker will work best for us.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite options. If you’re hunting down an outdoor dining set this Spring too, hopefully this will help get you started!

Seating for 4:

Joss and Main has this 5 piece dining set for $1090 right now, which really seems like a steal when comparing it to similar sets!  I absolutely love the idea of being able to tuck everything away from the elements so easily!

Another 4 seater option from Joss and Main for only $790.  I like the substantial chairs and the table has got a classic look, but unfortunately, it’s a bit small for us.

Seating for more:

Home Depot has this 7 piece set for only $855.  That’s a faux wood table (so no maintenance) and the chair cushions and lumbar pillows are included in this price.

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This option came from an unexpected place … Jysk.  At $699, this set seems like an amazing deal!  The black wicker looks a bit more contemporary and I’m loving the shape of the chairs.

If you have a bit more to spend:

At $1338.00, This is definitely over budget, but I really do love the idea of being able to tuck away the chairs easily, which will really help to keep them clean and dry.  Unfortunately, no cushions for these ones.

This faux wood table and the resin wicker chairs are exactly what I’m looking for!  It comes in a bit over our budget at $1599 from Hayneedle.

Coming in at $1836, this set up isn’t really an option for us, but I couldn’t help but share the brilliant way everything folds and tucks under the table!

Though I’m not so sure about the wood construction, I do love the classic look of this set.   I also really like that I could purchase a couple of wicker chairs for each end down the road to expand this set for 6 people.  This set is slightly over our budget at $1270, but isn’t completely unreasonable to consider.

A girl can dream:

If you have thousands to spend, and a covered space to protect your investment, then these options from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware should absolutely top your list!  SO gorgeous!!!

DIY option:

I truly love the idea of building our own set!  This way we could really get the look we’re going for and, not only would we save some money, but we would appreciate them so much more.  I’m not afraid to put the work in (not sure hubby agrees with me here), but I don’t love the fact that we would have to put work into maintaining the beauty for years to come.


With a bit of digging, I was able to find a ton of choices that would work for us.  I really like the idea of building our own set … with all of the building plan options available online, there’s no doubt we could find something resembling one of the dream tables from Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn.  With a couple of benches and a a pretty wicker chair at each end, I think it could look really great!

If we do decide to buy, this is perhaps my favorite option … at $906 it comes in under budget and I really love the mix of the metal and wicker.   With the rustic looking table and bench, the metal chairs and the wicker, this set is exactly what I was picturing!  Added bonus: with a throw cushion or two, those wicker chairs would be a comfy place to curl up on the deck with a book!

Would LOVE to hear what you think would look best on our little courtyard deck?

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Friday Finds

We’ve had such a lovely week in sunny Rossland!  I’ve FINALLY been able to run outside, which is infinitely less boring than running on the treadmill.  I’d forgotten how much I enjoy the challenge, fresh air & time to myself … it’s SO nice to find myself looking forward to my runs again!  Carson has a new pair of rain boots and so, we have been putting them to the test every chance we get.  Though we are absolutely loving this amazing taste of Spring, Carson is definitely hoping for some rain so he has an excuse to play with his new umbrella (he’s woken up asking for it every day since he got it!).  This weekend I’m really hoping to conquer those shelves I’ve been talking about for far too long – hopefully I’ll have another finished project to share next week.  In the mean time, here are my favorite finds from this week:
 
 

Favorite Dining Room

 
 
 

Favorite Office Makeover

 
 
 

Favorite Target Find

 
 
 

Favorite Boots for Spring

 
 
 

Favorite Light Fixture (wouldn’t this look amazing in our front entry?!)

 
 
 
Favorite Way to Blog

 
 
 
Favorite Must-try Breakfast

 
 
 

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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Friday Finds

It’s been another busy week in the Mercer house – is there ever any other kind? We’ve been getting over the last bit of our colds, working on some shelves for the landing on the stairs, and enjoying more time at the pool with swimming lessons. We’re hoping to have a super productive weekend finishing up the shelves and heading to Nelson for some furniture shopping – wahoo! Though we’ll just be looking and definitely won’t be bringing anything big home with us, I’m super excited!!!

Here are some of my favorite finds this week:
 
 

Favorite Rug

 
 
 

Absolute Favorite Room. Period.

 
 
 

Favorite Must-try Recipe

 
 
 

Favorite Lights – perfect for our entryway!

 
 
 

Favorite Touch of Spring

 
 
 

Favorite Ikea Find

 
 
 

Favorite Scarf

 
 
 

Favorite Bed

 
 
 

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday Finds

It’s been a super busy week of Spring cleaning, swimming lessons and walks toting rocks around in the sleigh.  I’m working on a couple of projects that I’m super excited to share, but in the mean time here’s a list of my favorite finds this week:
 
 

Favorite Kitchen Island

 
 
 

Favorite Skirt

 
 
 

Favorite Gallery Wall of Mirrors

 
 
 

Favorite Bedding Set Perfect for the Lodge

 
 
 

Favorite Ikea Find

 
 
 

Absolute Favorite Bedroom

 
 
 

Liz Marie BlogFavorite New-to-me Blog

 
 
 

Favorite Necklace

 
 
 

Favorite Must Try Recipe

 
 
 

Favorite Wallpaper

 
 
 

Happy Weekend!!!

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