Photography in My Home

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

In my post last week I showed you a few ideas out in blog-land that really inspire me when it comes to displaying your family photos……today I want to share with you one way I have displayed photos in my home. The idea I am sharing with you isn’t a new one (technically), I actually have seen in on lots of different blogs in one form or another, but I wanted to take it a step further and make it a bit more unique and my own.

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The basic idea is to take an empty vintage frame and spray paint it and hang it on the wall with an image inside. But, as I said I took it a little further as I am always looking for a unique way to express myself in my home and while I love looking at other peoples ideas I really like doing my own thing. I have created the following tutorial to show you how you can recreate the idea in your home.

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Step One:

Gather your supplies, you will need: A Vintage Frame (I picked mine up from the op-shop for around $5, a picture (this needs to be smaller than your frame), spray paint (I chose gloss black), 2 wood appliques (I bought mine on Ebay), 2 nails & Command 3M Damage Free Hanging Stickers. You will also need the following tools: pencil, measuring tape, level & hammer.

Step Two:

Spray paint your frame and the wood appliques the same colour – leave to dry (no photo of this step…..felt it was self-explanatory).

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Step Three:

Once dry you need to mount your frame onto the wall – use a level to make sure your frame is straight and mark two spots inside the top two corners of the frame while it is on the wall.

*TIP: I put some Blu Tack on the back of the frame so it stuck to the wall once it was level, making it easy to mark the spots (this is also why my frame is “floating” here).

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Step Four:

Using your pencil marks hammer nails into these two points and hang your frame on the wall.

*TIP: You will not see these nails as they are hidden behind the frame (they will only be visible on close inspection and as yet no one has noticed the nails).

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Step Five:

Apply Command 3M removable wall stickers to the back of your wood appliques and apply the wood appliques above and below your frame making sure they are centered.

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

Step Six:

This is the complicated part you need to determine the center of your frame and hang your picture within the center. This requires a little bit of math! If you want to know the math…..I set up a page here.

Finally: Once this is done hang your picture using either nails, screws or more Command 3M Stickers.

For this tutorial I created a smaller version of my original idea (when I originally created this I did not think about blogging it)…..I currently have the below display in my Living Room…..

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

I get so many comments when people visit my home on this idea so I know it makes a statement….I absolutely love it as a display piece in my home, especially as it contains a picture of the two people I love most in the world! I have thought about painting the wall within the frame white (my walls are grey) but, as I change my house around A LOT I thought I would come to regret it! I also wanted to mention that my images are professionally mounted on a foam core but you can do this with a canvas or framed print….I just happen to like the modern clean look of these.

On a side note if you notice the huge blank wall above my sofa and wonder why it is blank…..well it’s a whole other story but when it comes down to it I have a million different ideas for it from gallery wall, to large art work, to typography I just cannot settle on one thing……basically I want to do them all, but I know I can’t, it is constant torture for me! If you have any suggestions feel free to speak up!

I also wanted to share some photos of the other side of my Living Room where I have some more family photos displayed….this time I used a vintage ladder! We have owned this ladder for about 14 years….we bought it on our first trip “antiquing” at a local antique expo when we first got married….it is a portion of an old wooden ladder that energy workers use to use to scale power poles before technology made them redundant. I love pieces with a story so we have carted this from house to house until I found the right use for it. Here is creates an eye-catching display for a collection of our photos.

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

Displaying Photography in Your Home - Colour Saturated Life -

I have been so excited to share these photos with you, I hope you enjoy my ideas and if you have done anything creative in your home feel free to send me a picture or a link to your blog, I would love to see them 🙂 What do you think? Is this something you would have in your home?


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  • Susan - April 1, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    neat frame ideas I am looking for ideas would love you input new build metal house walls are 14 ft tall have lots of 8×10 prints son took that are mounted so actual size of 8×10 is larger… I have one whole wall that I would love to display his pictures ( 20 or more) suggestions or ideas? Thanks In advance!ReplyCancel

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  • Ursula @ Home Made by Carmona - December 5, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Great ideas, plus I keep getting lost in your gorgeous photography! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 5, 2014 - 12:18 pm

      Thanks Ursula! I love your photography on your blog too!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Aldrey - December 4, 2014 - 4:58 am

    This is so beautiful, I love it!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 14, 2014 - 10:08 am

      Thanks Maria!ReplyCancel

  • stacey - December 3, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Love all your ideas and your blog! I found you over @ the SNAP link up. So glad I did. Just love your photography. Can’t wait to see more. New follower here for sure.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 14, 2014 - 10:07 am

      Thanks Stacey!…..your comment went to spam so I just found it! Thanks for following! I am heading over your blog now 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters - December 3, 2014 - 9:03 am

    You might have one of the prettiest houses I’ve ever seen and you photograph it beautifully! This is an awesome tutorial that I will be trying out myself. I’m so happy I found your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 5, 2014 - 12:18 pm

      Thanks Kyla, your comment made my day 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laura Irion // Avery Street Design - November 30, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    Hi there! So great to see you at the Found & Foraged party. I’m new to your blog, but wow…I love it already. You have great style (and styling!!) and such cool & unique stuff in this room! (And I so get your dilemma about the wall space above the sofa…my family room walls are blank for the same reason!) What are those cool sticks with the zig zag lines? Did you make them? Also, you should know we are rug twins. I’m putting up a post on Monday with my office pictures and I have that same rug in it! So, we should obviously be friends. 🙂 Haha…anyway, thanks so much for coming to the F&F party and sharing this project. Glad to have found you! xo, LauraReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 30, 2014 - 12:52 pm

      Hi Laura! Thanks! The “cool sticks” – love that! Were made by me – with some scrap wood! I was going to do a tutorial as I loved how they turned out, I created them on a whim as I wanted colour in that little area. Going to check your blog out now 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Donna Wilkes - November 30, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    The ladder idea is very clever.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 30, 2014 - 12:53 pm

      Thanks Donna!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Fynes - November 29, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Awesome ideas!! Love the added touchesReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 29, 2014 - 12:03 pm

      Thanks Virginia! That is a great compliment coming from you….I love your blog!ReplyCancel

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