Is there a big blank wall in your home that is intimidating you? Maybe the thought of large work of art or photo seems like a good idea, because you know the space needs something larger, but you are afraid to pick just one? Maybe, you have you been admiring those lovely collages of photos, but can’t seem to figure out a way to put them on your wall? I understand your dilemma. I recently wanted to fill a blank wall of my own. I had wanted to make it personal, but flexible. I also didn’t want the task of lining up all the pictures just so, creating a bunch of holes in my wall. So instead I decided to have a collage of interchangeable photos, so I decided to put the frames up on shelves.
Floating shelves have been all the rage lately and for great reason. They are great additions that not only create a place to put wall art, but add a stylish and interesting architectural detail to your home.
First, I had my boyfriend make me some floating shelves in a piano black finish, watch this video for a quick tutorial.
Now, if you don’t have a boyfriend to make you shelves, or you’re just not handy you can just order them online. Like these shelves which range from $29.99-$59.99 depending on the size.
Once I had the shelves built and installed, I bought some fairly inexpensive, black 11×14 frames that contained an 8×10 mat. I found a collection of four frames in one large package over the holidays and bought two sets of them. When you buy in bulk you’re going to get a reasonable price and exact matches.
Then, I chose several pictures, some from a wonderful trip that my boyfriend and I took in Montana and others that I had taken around the house. I printed 8×10 prints in a matte finish. I framed all the images and put them on the shelves that were spaced apart just enough to give the images room to breathe, but not so far that they were not a cohesive collection. I leaned the frames on the shelves against the wall without nails, which is possible because the floating shelves have a small lip in front. This makes the shelving versatile and I’m able to also put some small keepsakes on the shelving as well.
Now, the big blank wall has style and I have a wonderful collection of images that tell a sweet story and create a great memory in our home.
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