Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Grey Gallery Wall

Do you ever make a job bigger in your mind that it really ends up being?  When we moved into our old schoolhouse the walls were all white...and 12 feet high. The tall walls overwhelmed me and so I couldn't deal with painting them.
great room wall before in our old schoolhouse

But, after taking down my gallery wall for Christmas, I decided after Christmas was the perfect time to paint it my favorite neutral color, a warm grey.

perfect grey paint for your walls

This grey paint is called Livingston Gray from Pratt and Lambert and it is such a nice color. Not too dark, not too light and it has a hint of warmness to it.  I picked a color that had a dark brown looking color as the top darkest color rather than a straight black color.  That way I knew it had some of the warmer beige/brown tones in it.
An eclectic gallery wall with old maps and marquee letters

We didn't paint our entire great room, but the largest wall area in the room, and it was nearly as difficult as I had imagined. Then I had fun redoing the gallery wall (see how the gallery wall looked before HERE).  

picking the perfect grey paint for your walls
I used many of the same things I had, but included a few new things.
make a mirror from a vintage mid century clock
I made this sunburst mirror with a garage sale vintage clock and a $.25 mirror from the thrift store. When I removed the (broken) clock and its surround the mirror fit into the clock frame perfectly.  I thought about painting it, but the color matches the wood on the frame of the 1898 pencil drawn map of our town. It reflects light well from the windows on the opposite side of the room.
Paint an old marquee letter navy blue with Fusion Mineral Paint
I bought this BIG marquee letter L (and two of the other L's) from the antique place where I work.  It was a dirty white so I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint in Midnight , which is a nice navy blue, which is so lovely on the grey wall.
use copper Fusion Mineral Paint to paint a metal letter
I also used the copper Fusion Mineral Paint to paint a little metal L from Michaels.
use old maps and photos and other vintage items to create a gallery wall
I love a fresh new look for a new year. What home projects are you working on?


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    1. Thank you Carlene! It feels so good to get things done around the house. I am so often creating to sell to others. It is nice that every now and then the "cobbler's Kids" get shoes too!

  2. I love your gallery wall...and the paint color is perfect, Becky! I love all of the pieces you've brought together so wonderfully!

    1. Thanks Linda, it is always fun to "curate" items from my stash to decorate my home. More walls will be getting paint soon!

  3. Nice job Becky it looks beautiful !

    1. Thanks Susan, I can't believe what a difference a little paint makes.

  4. Lovely! Love the choice of lighting. I think I am inspired to go do something in my home now.


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