In Eliza's room, I have been wanted to create a photo wall, where she could see all the photos of everyone. She loves looking at photos and saying everyone's name.
I found loads of ideas on Pinterest, some of which I think are possible to achieve and some which are definitely not!! Well at least not without huge sums of money and an art degree....
For the photo wall, the frames needed to fit in with the current colour scheme we have for the room. So I bought some yellow and grey spray paint, from B&Q. The Valspar brand is a really good quality paint and I have been very happy with the results.
In addition to some frames which we already had lying around the house not being used, I purchased three from IKEA which were a big more fancy, just to give a bit of variety.
I decided that as these frames were not going to be handled regularly, it would not be needed to prepare the frame surface.
It's very important to put sheets down and do the spray painting outside!! The fumes given off, even when I was outside were very strong! The actual painting is incredibly easy, you simply point and spray!
I found the spray paints gave a lovely even finish, but you have to be careful not to put it on too thick, otherwise it will bubble and there is no way to get rid of this. The paint did dry quickly, so it was simple to just go over any areas that I missed the first time. Despite the frames being quite fancy, the spray paint covered these areas perfectly!
I had a couple of frames were I couldn't take out the picture or it was a mirror. In these instances I covered the glass with frog tape, making sure to go right up to the edge but not to cover any of the frame. Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape. I was very relived that none of the paint went on the glass, phew!
Then it was the best bit, hanging them all on the wall! I left this job to christian, hanging pictures is not my strong point!!
I think it works really well. Not all the frames have their final images in, I realised once they were on the wall that I hasn't even thought what was going in them!
The Winnie the Pooh cross stitch was a beautiful gift from a friend, as well as the Eliza in the hoop (different friend!). The illustration is by my talented Auntie, it's my cousins and me as wind dragons :) I love it! I'm hoping that this photo wall will grow as Eliza grows, giving us space to display images and gifts that we think she will love.
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