Thursday, April 14, 2011

The gallery wall-to-be

Helloooo! How’s your week going?

We were on Spring Break around here last week and I was an absolute slug. Really – when hubby is home all day I’m just completely worthless. All I want to do is sit around, eat A LOT and watch ridiculous amounts of reality TV.

It’s AWESOMENESS.

But by about Saturday at 5 p.m. last weekend, I my slothdom had run it’s course and I had to do something. And do something I did – I started one or fifty projects in the playroom turned game room. But this week has been so crazy,  none of it has been touched in five days.

The first little project I tackled is going to be a big one and I can’t WAIT to show you:

It involves a closet, an electrician, paint and me learning how to build stuff – we’ll see how that last part goes. Could get interesting.

But if it all comes together = AWESOME! Ack, I’m so excited about this one.

Next up is the pile of mdf sitting in the garage, waiting to be installed in the room:

I really hope to get that project done this weekend – it’s going to make a huge difference in there!

But the most dramatic change involves taking all of these off the wall:

No, not ladders. :)

The shelves that have been up for about five years:

I love them, I do! I’m just ready for a change – a change that came to mind as I was going through our boxes and boxes (and. boxes.) of photos recently.

We have so many special family photos and I must display them. They are fantastic – I just had to show you a few of my favorites.

I adore pictures of my husband as a child. ADORE. I wish I could travel back in time when I see these:

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And it absolutely kills me how much he looks like our son. I need to get a similar shirt for the Bub and take a picture just like this. They could be twins.

Here’s hubs with my late brother-in-law:

Oh my, couldn’t you just squish them? :)

I love this one of my in-laws:

I love imagining the setting, who was there, what they were celebrating – all of it.

The older pictures of my grandparents are some of my favorites – just look how beautiful my Grandmother is in this picture:

Do you see her wedding gown? Stunning. And my Grandpa looks so handsome! I miss them both so.

Looks like my other Grandpa was an aspiring actor at a young age:

This photo is actually quite large – at least 30 people were in this Ladies Aid Society play. :) I love everything about it – the costumes, the fake beards and mustaches, the mischievous glint in my Grandpa’s eyes:

And he got his beautiful eyes from his Dad (the groom):

I don’t remember my Great-Grandfather, but his lovely wife (to the right) is my namesake. She was a really fantastic, strong Hungarian woman. And she made some mean kifli. Ohh, I must learn how to make them.

One of my absolute favorite pics isn’t one of the oldest. It’s from my childhood, so probably only 20 25 30 years ago:

OK, it’s pretty old. ;)

We went camping all the time when I was young, and that picture was taken at Brown County State Park (Indiana) in the fall. That’s my Dad pushing me, and my favorite part of this picture is the absolute JOY on my face.

This is the reason photos fill the walls in our home.  :)

I’ve started building up my stash of frames again – and my go to spot is always Goodwill. I found these large, chunky frames today:

I can’t wait to start framing everything and filling up this wall:

It’s gonna be fantastic. I hope. Crossing fingers. It’s pretty awesome in my head.

There’s lots of stuff going on under that TV too, and I’ll show you that SOON.  :)

So that’s the madness going on in my noggin and in our playroom this week. I need to focus and get at least one part of this totally last minute, by-accident mini redo DONE.

So, is there an old family photo you treasure? How far do yours go back? I’m guessing some of mine are last 100 years old, and they’re all originals. Anyone know the best way to store old photos? I plan on scanning them all, but I’d like to keep the originals stored safely away.

60 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see it! And WOW your boys are identical! He is his Daddy's boy!

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  2. I can't wait to see the finished room. By the way, what are you going to do with those amazing wall shelves if they are coming down?????? =-)

    ~Melissa Lynn

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  3. I just adore old wedding photos - so beautiful!

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  4. Oh...old photos...
    My mom has moved to an assisted living facility and she has entrusted me with all of the old family photos...her's and her mom's. I am anxious to see what you have decided to do with yours!

    Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

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  5. What a great wall for a gallery! Are you going all the way to the top? I just did a big gallery wall in my kitchen and love the way it turned out. Even my husband says he finds himself looking at it all day long. :) I love that you're using heritage photos. Great idea!

    http://www.andreasteed.com/node/1174

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  6. I have a gallery wall in my house. It called my "Wall of Smiles". They are all snap-shots (no professional pictures). Every picture makes you smile or laugh. We have some pretty great ones up for everyone to see, like when my husband was potty training our oldest son...lets just say I have stickers covering their butts =] Another is of my older aunt sticking her false teeth out like grandpa used to do. I also have the kids' artwork up there. Everything is matted and framed, and I love it =]

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  7. Looking forward to see how your gallery wall turned out. I don't think we have family pictures that dated 100 years old unfortunately...Maybe the oldest is around 60 years old, I guess.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  8. Check Gaylord or Light Source for archival photo storage boxes and folders. They're expensive, but what you need to preserve them.

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  9. That photo of you on the swing just about made me burst into tears, it is so beautiful. Wow!
    I was just going through photos this week because I finally finished organizing them to send them off to ScanMyPhotos.com to get put onto a disk. It's a huge chore, but I am inspired by your project and may have to do something like it when I get my photos back.

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  10. What?? Mustache on a stick is not a new craze?? :)
    I'm sure that photo wall is going to look awesome!

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  11. Those photos are all so lovely! They make me happy, and it isn't even MY family.

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  12. Here's my (smaller) wall of pictures. They're not older pictures but I love it just the same. I am itching to change the pictures out though =)

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=176006416823&set=a.176006411823.125995.595636823&type=1&theater#!/photo.php?fbid=10150154107296824&set=a.176006411823.125995.595636823&type=1&theater&pid=6881350&id=595636823

    Hope that worked. I'm so not a techie

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  13. Love photo walls. They're my favorite. (Smiling is also my favorite! Ha!) The only thing I know about precious (especially old, original) photos is that when you frame them, they must be matted. Obviously it looks better but it also prevents the original paper from coming in contact and being ruined by the glass. Especially with older photos. They don't have to be pressed again glass for long to get stuck and ultimately destroyed. Can't wait to see the final result!

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  14. LOVE a photo wall...I'm sorting through zillions of pix as we speak for the gallery that will live in our hallway...

    I am still deciding between color and black and white for the pix-which are you going with?

    OH and write on the back of the photo as to who is in it/year- my parents have both passed away, and I have some photos that have no info :(

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  15. I love photo walls too! I have a hallway photo wall and kept all the frames black but... am thinking about mixing it up in my great room with a HUGE wall of different frames. Looking forward to see what you do with the frames!

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  16. First- roaring! My mom bought that pheasant print years ago probably from Home Interiors (?!)- you know, so your house looks just like your neighbor's. :)

    We have some old photos we love. My husband's grandma wrote the most beautiful letter to all the children and grandchildren one Christmas and each was given a silver dollar that had been give to her and grandpa on their 25th. he died of cancer before the g'kids came along. The letter speaks of her faith in the Lord- I had her wedding photo, the letter and coin framed together.

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  17. i love gallery walls. i look forward to seeing the final result.

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  18. LOVE the idea, love old family photos, it is where we come from, I can almost imagine that wall, can't wait to see. Wondering if anyone has any ideas on what to do with itty bitty old family photos? All my Grandmothers photo's are on various size 1x2, some smaller, some larger inch black and white, some with ornate boarders, have no idea how to display them - any ideas?

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  19. What FUN ... it's going to be fabulous! Look forward to seeing it (along with your zillion other "in progress" projects)! ;)

    Becca

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  20. I love walls of family pictures. Makes a home so much more personal! I can't wait to see the finished project!

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  21. I can't wait to see your gallery wall!!! I am planning one as well but can't seem to make the commitment and actually hang them. Ugh! I can't decide if all the photos should be black & white or throw in some color, or if the frames should all be the same color. I've seen it done both ways and like them both. My eye tends to lean towards a more uniform look, but I still am not sure. What do you think?

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  22. Can't wait to see what you do...I have been looking at a wall in our living room that I hung Ikea floral prints on..finally realizing that the images mean nothing to me...up go the family photos..so meaningful..love the pic of you and your dad...precious!

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  23. Oh, Sarah, I know just how you feel! I LOVE family photographs, especially very old ones. I love the Eudora Welty quote "A good snapshot keeps the moment from running away." How true is that? I have a few very small "gallery" areas in our home, but I'd like to add to them. :)

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  24. Great ideas lady. can't wait to see the finished product.
    My Aunt has boxes from Archivers and they have acid-free paper between the photos. It's like a tissue paper.

    Anyway - good luck!
    em

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  25. I have a photo of my grandma around 2 years old sitting in a rocker! I love it. It's in its original antique gold frame though and I don't dare paint it.

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  26. Oh yay! The thought of attempting a gallery wall far-eaks me out, so I'm excited to see what you do with it, maybe it'll inspire me to just do it already. I looooove the old photos too! The nostalgia they bring is indescribable. Can't wait to see your finished project! :-)

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  27. I love using old photos to decorate. Take advantage of getting the names, dates, and locations written on the back while you can. I have drawers of pics that no one can identify because Mom died before we could get it done. Use an acid/lignin free archival pen or marker.

    My grandfather made these awesome frames with movable shelves for photo displays. I can switch out pictures without damaging walls. Love them! Wonder if I can make some more....

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  28. i'm pretty sure my inlaws have that grouse picture hanging in their cabin....LOL!
    i really want to do a gallery wall, but it seems intimidating to me!!

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  29. That will be really neat.. so I am very excited to see what you do with it. I too am an avid picture lover and have SO many of my family that are old that I love to display. My roadblock is my husband. He and his contractor father saw my old apartment when we moved in together. There were many holes from hanging things because I wasn't into fixing them in an apt. so I would wait until I moved. Now I can't live it down and my husband is constantly worried about the holes I will leave in the walls with my ever changing mind. Do you have any advice for a gal with hanging dreams and a overseeing hole finding husband?

    best of luck to your new wall of love!

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  30. I love your old pics!! I have a stash built up as well, I just have to figure out a wall to put them on, then start the framing/matting process. My mom has been wonderful at getting us copies of some old family pics, including my grandparents wedding pics. I really want to include a wedding pic of as many ancestors as possible. Can't wait to see your finished product to get more ideas!

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  31. I have been collecting frames for my hallway for a gellery wall for almost a year. Now we are moving and I won't be able to get it up here but hopefully the next place will have a wall big enough for my idea.
    As for storing photos, I use a variety of storage items. My favorite for large old photos are plastic sleves that are archival. I can put them into a 3 ring binder and look through them easily, yet they are protected from the sun and other elements Here is a link to the place I got mine.

    http://www.printfile.com/photo-pages.aspx

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  32. So interesting that you are doing a gallery wall. I was inspired by YoungHouseLove blog and decided to put paper in the sized of all of my frames up on my dining room wall. I want to put old pictures and new pictures in my gallery. Unfortunatly I've had a paper gallery on my wall for a good 2 weeks now. I need to just bite the bullet and put a few nail holes in the wall and see how things turn out! Can't wait to see yours!

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  33. Can't wait to see what you have planned. So exciting! TFS. Bug Hugs.

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  34. I love that photo of you and your dad! It's such a great shot! We love Brown County - it's only about 30 minutes away so we'll be there lots this summer!

    Amanda

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  35. I'm laughing my BUTT off right now. That Goodwill frame in front with the pheasants on it?? My parents totally have that exact same picture hanging in their family room right now, it's been there my whole life. At least the wall paper border of mallard ducks came down a year or two ago.... :)

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  36. Those old photos are such a treasure. None of the old photos of my family are in my possession right now but I hope to have them passed to me someday. I can't wait to see how you display them!

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  37. I can't wait to see how it turns out! I just finished a gallery wall in our house: http://ourhumbleabowed.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/birds-and-a-feather/

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  38. That's going to look fantastic! I did a similar wall like this for my mom in her townhome. She LOVES looking at all the old memories... enJOY!!

    :D Lynda

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  39. I absolutely LOVE the playroom! It is everything I want for mine, well if we ever move and have one! Great job!

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  40. This website provides lots of great information about storing family treasures, including old photographs http://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives/ I recommend that you interleave old photos with acid-free paper like thishttp://bit.ly/eYGSiW Interleaving prevents photos sticking together as well as damage from one photo to another. Don’t store them in basements (too prone to humidity and water leaks) or attics (too hot and dry). Photos like to live where you and I are comfortable living :)

    When you scan the photos, turn off as many auto settings as you can—image sharpening, backlight correction, etc. so that you get the truest scan of the original as possible. If you have the storage capability .tiff files are better than .jpeg files. I recommend only displaying copies of old photos (even a little UV can permanently damage photos) but if you do display an original make sure it’s behind UV filtered glass. Hope all this helps! Can’t wait to see the gallery wall :D

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  41. One of your Goodwill framed pictures made me smile--it's one my mom has had up since I was little. Too funny! Have fun with the projects.

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  42. The girl against the barn. I'm pretty sure everyone i know had that picture when I was growing up. My mom bought it for my bedroom when I was little. I still have it, it's just in the basement now and in storage not hanging up.

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  43. Oh how I love this post!! My beloved grandfather just passed away so unexpectedly two weeks ago. My family all gathered at my mother's house for the few days before the funeral, and we had such a great time going through old pictures, remembering, and making new memories. My cousins and I scanned so many of these pictures and I'm putting together a picture book from Shutterfly to give my mother and my aunts on Father's Day this year, the first year without their father. Now I think I'll frame some and add to my ever growing family wall going up my stairs.
    So glad you shared your memories with us!

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  44. The frame that you show with the little girl leaning against the barn I BOUGHT THAT AT OUR GW! Just to use the frame! For reals.

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  45. I have been thinking about your "buy picture frames at goodwill" idea all night and actually decided to do a version of this in my photography room at my house. I went to the Greenfield, Indiana Goodwill and bought 4 smaller frames with mattes. I'll have to post pictures on my blog.

    http://anotherbaircreation.blogspot.com/

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  46. I'm sure its going to look fantastic!! You have rounded up a great group of photos! The wedding pics are just beautiful & that pic of you and your dad is priceless! Can't wait to see you gallery wall complete!

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  47. The idea of taking a picture of your son in a similar shirt is great. My nephew lost his father when he was 8 yrs. old, going through photos, I found one of his father that looked identical to him. So I framed their photos side by side in a beautiful black frame with two 5x7 matted openings side by side, and gave it to my nephew shortly after his father died. Their photos were almost identical in type of shirt, and pose, which really made it an amazing "look alike" picture!

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  48. Love the family photos! Displaying old family photos is such a great idea!
    I saw an episode on the Nate Berkus Show a few weeks back on preserving and displaying old photos. He said scanning a photo can actually ruin the photo in the long run. The best way to make a copy is to take a photograph of the photo. It might be worth it to look into...

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  49. I"m exactly the same way when hubby is gone!! Except, today I think I'll switch it up a bit and go shopping ;)

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  50. Good luck with your project! I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Joanne

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  51. Great idea! I love my photo wall...though I'm running out of room now. I created it like a family tree in a way. I have a series of pictures of my daughter in the middle, then build the others around it...my family on one side, husbands on another and then surrounding by us as a family. Have an old picture of my mom, her parents, my dad's parents, some old ones of me as a child, my MIL. And then varying pix in between that I just love. Enjoy your picture journey.

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  52. My parent's had that duck picture when I was a kid. It hung next to the pheasant my dad shot and had stuffed. His name was irving......
    Can't wait to see what your gonna do up there!!

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  53. I can't wait to see this pictures of the wall. I'm sure it will be beautiful! After high school I lived in Hungary for 2 years and ate myself some good kifli! I'll be going back in January to visit friends...maybe I'll get a good recipe for us!

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  54. i love to have family pctures on the walls as well.. my only problem i dont like top drill walls as we are livivng in rented houses. i noticed that the wall is clear, no drill marks, when u took the shelves off the wall above your tv. how to do that. any ideas how to hand pics with out damagin the walls

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  55. For help preserving your photos, contact you local Creative Memories consultant! They have archival quality boxes, photo albums and more. They even have software to help you organize, edit and back up your digital photos once yours are scanned! Creativemeemories.com will help you find someone local to help you!

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  56. I just started reading you blog and i love it. I just saw this recent post about the pictures and i thought i would share something that i just recently fell in love with (although with how crafty you are, you probably already know about it and this is OLD NEWS to you). Anyways, its picture hanging strips from 3M that don't damage your walls or your paint! I love them becuase if you nailed it too high or low, you just pull it off with no more holes in your walls!

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  57. How did you know? You must have special powers. This is EXACTLY the post I needed to see. My husband wants a fan in our bedroom and I want a nice (maybe fancy) drum shade..we've been going back and forth about this for what seems like firever..(ok, ok..we've only been married 6mos, but still...forever!) Anyway, this looks like a great compromise..should be easy...he's an electrician :o)

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  58. I love old pictures!! Especially the stories behind them.

    And I really love those chunky frames. The old print of the little girl behind the duck print, is one that my grandmother had up in her dining room. I remember looking at it for hours (ok, maybe not hours, but to a 6 year old, 1/2 an hr is hours!) and wonder why the little girl was hiding in that old barn. I thought up so many stories for her.

    Oh the weird things that conjure memories.

    By the way, I love how your family room/game room has turned out so far. It's going to be fabulous!

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  59. Jessica Sprague has a class just for scanning and editing heritage photos using photoshop. You may want to look into it. It's called This Old Photo: Restoring Vintage Snapshots. I took the class and it is very good! Here's the link: http://www.jessicasprague.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.tabs.tpl&product_id=341&category_id=19&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=305

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  60. How is this wall coming? I would love to see an update of where it is at today! Have you started hanging things or are you waiting until you have enough to fill the wall? No pressure, I know from reading your blog that you have been a very busy woman lately (flooring, office, holidays)!

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