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Mission “Gallery Wall”: Complete!


Follow me on Instagram?  Then you may already know that I completed this Gallery Wall recently, and how insanely excited I am about it.  I know… I’m capitalizing the words Gallery Wall as if it’s The Great Wall of China!  It’s not… but it’s the Great Gallery Wall of the Murray Household, ok? If your answer to the first question was “yes”, you have also already seen this:

Gallery Wall Instagram

Want to see how it turned out? Check it:

Living Room Gallery Wall - The Learner Observer

Let me just apologize for having to use iPhone photos for this.  I keep forgetting my camera at my parents’ house and I simply couldn’t wait to post about it.  This wall has been in the works for a long time, and it turned out so much better than I even imagined.  Here is how it all started:

Gallery wall start to finish

I had several frames already and purchased more slowly over the last 8 months.  Yep… that long!  As you can see in the first picture in the collage above, I started out with very few frames.  I traced their shapes onto newspaper and taped them to the wall.  I then moved some of them around and added a few more, which you can see are the plain shapes (and I do realize this all would have looked much nicer had I not used colourful, printed newspaper the first time around… you win some, you lose some!). My husband was kind enough to hang up ALL of the things on this wall.  Isn’t he amazing?


Gallery Wall ItemsI thought I should try to provide a list of frames and artwork I used for the Gallery Wall, adding costs wherever I can remember them still!  Above are the things I started planning with.

Gallery Wall Supplies:

  • HAVERDAL frames  – $7.99 each at IKEA (used for the cameos)
  • 2 sets of NYTTJA frames (one white, one black) – $3.99 each at IKEA
  • 1 pack of KORT art cards – $3.99 at IKEA (framed with NYTTJA)
  • 1 white RIBBA frame – $14.99 at IKEA
  • 1 BILD poster – $5 at IKEA (framed with RIBBA)
  • Letter “M” – $3.99 at Walmart
  • Brass letter “t” – $5 at Urban Outfitters – on sale, purchased in July of 2012, no longer available on their site. Side note: yes, I did purchase the AWESOME brass stencil months before we even had any actual thoughts on what this wall would look like.  I just knew I would love it wherever it ended up!  Also, I attempted to purchase the “m” brass letter, but it was sold out!
  • Chalkboard (and here) – Antique shop find/DIY project.  Approximate total cost: $15 (not including cost of paint used for other projects).
  • Teapot framed artwork – Bridal shower gift from a lovely friend
  • White square Threshold frame – $7.99 at Target
  • Estimated total of seven other frames – $60 (all on sale between $5-12 each, purchased over the last 2 years)
  • Cameo artwork & photo prints – $3


You wonderful Instagram followers will also remember seeing this:

Portrait by AlishaThis little lovely was a portrait of me done by Alisha when we were in Teacher’s College.  Isn’t she brilliant?  I used washi tape on the mat to liven it up.  I ended up adding washi tape on several of the frames, actually, and the two shadow box frames have small photos taped to inside.

Here’s a close-up of each side of the wall:


Right Side Gallery Wall - The Learner Observer Gallery Wall Left Side - The Learner ObserverPardon the glare – we have sliding doors to the deck directly across from this wall, so it’s inevitable!  Also, pardon the empty frame – no 5×7 photos to be found in this house!

So there you have it… my somewhat planned Gallery Wall.  I say somewhat because although I went as far as cutting out newspaper frame shapes, there is nothing meticulously measured or planned, there are nail holes hiding behind some of these frames already because they had to be moved, it’s all very much interchangeable – let’s face it, we all know how likely I am to move some of these around or at the very least, change the photos in the frames!

A look at the whole living room now that one more step has been completed?  Sure!

Living Room Gallery Wall by The Learner Observer

There you have it.  One of the many projects currently on the go is complete… for now!

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Linking up here and at The Re-purposed Life.

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  • Reply twopurplecouches

    YEAAAA!!!!!! You did it!! I LOVE how it covers so much of the wall. And I spy a Keri Herer for IKEA bunny in there :)

    May 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I FINALLY did it!!! Thanks so much!!! And yes, the bunny was meant to be! Love it! Thanks for posting about it!!

      May 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Alisha

    This looks SO incredibly beautiful!!!!!!! I’m so happy my drawing still made the cut!!! Seriously, it’s just stunning and so, so special!!! And I see the tea pot! Really wonderful work T!!! Xoxoxo

    May 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks love!! It wouldn’t be the same without those two pieces of art :)

      May 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Deli Silva

    It is sooo you. Looks amazing. By the way your living room looks very beautiful.

    May 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Maria Matter

    you have a beautiful living room Thalita!
    your gallery wall looks wonderful, it’s fun to see all the different pictures!

    May 18, 2013 at 9:42 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks you so much Maria! I kind of can’t stop starring at it lately!

      May 18, 2013 at 9:47 am
  • Reply graceandjoygirl

    My favorite piece is the chippy paint frame around the chalkboard. It looks great! I filled a little bare spot in my house recently, too!
    Doesn’t it feel so good to look over at your gallery and know that each piece is special. Great work!

    May 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh thank you!!! I am also quite a fan of that old frame. I went to check out your post – AMAZING!
      It feels awesome to have one less empty wall in the house!!

      May 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply T2Women (@T2Women)

    Love this!! There’s a new LINK-UP Party going on at and we would love to feature your post!! Here’s the link:

    May 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      That is so wonderful of you!!! Thank you SO much!

      May 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply titicrafty

    I love it!!! and I also love your living room!

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

    May 19, 2013 at 10:49 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you so much Cami!! The living room has been a major work in progress, but I am happier with it than ever!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      May 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Krista @thehappyhousie

    So many unique little touches! I love a good gallery wall… I think my favourite part might be those adorable silhouettes… or maybe the chalkboard!! Great job:)

    May 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh thank you Krista!!! Both of those are also favourites of mine, being that they were both also super fun to create!! Thanks so much for the kids words!!

      May 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Wow, Thalita. This gallery wall is breathtaking. I can tell a lot of TLC went into putting it together, and I appreciated seeing the whole process in photos. My favorite might be that portrait that was sketched by your friend; before you shared who did it, I thought it might be a Picasso print or something. Seriously! So inspiring. Do you just walk by, stop, stare, and smile at this wall now? If not, you should! Sending my smile your way.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Pardon the very late response… Thank you so much!!! Isn’t the little Picasso-esque portrait great? It was part of an art lesson in Teacher’s College – we had to draw someone without looking at your paper, only looking at the person and you were not allowed to lift your pen off of the page. Cool right? I had done this before, but it was pretty amazing to have one of my closest friends do it this time! Oh and I find myself walking by, just staring at the wall VERY often! I do love how it has come together!

      May 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Diana Rambles

    Very nice! I have a big blank wall that is in need of something like this! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Ohhh that sounds like a project waiting to happen! :)

      May 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Lorraine

    Hello Thalita! So nice stopping by to visit with you and see this beautiful gallery! Looks great!

    Kindly, Lorraine

    May 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Lorraine! Thanks so much for stopping by to leave such kind words!

      May 25, 2013 at 8:55 am
  • Reply emily

    really really pretty! I love gallery walls and that quote in the middle is perfect! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted an amazing round-up from last weeks party… stop on over and check it out!

    May 26, 2013 at 8:49 am
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    Thanks so much,

    May 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Hani Shabbir

    How lovely! The saying is beautiful. :)

    May 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm
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