Friday, July 8, 2016

Gallery Shelves

I like to change things up. I get bored with the same ole same ole. I also love art and photographs, and I love making art and photographs. You can never have enough pictures because they really are worth a thousand words and they really do capture precious memories perfectly. We have so many pictures and a long wall in our living room with nothing on it. I didn't want to put a hundred nails in the wall because it just felt too permanent and I wouldn't be able to switch them out easily. 
Solution: Gallery Shelves! 
The pre-made ones are so expensive, like $30-$60 a piece, and they are really short. I wanted some that were the entire length of the wall. The supply list for this project is small. We used 1x4's for the bottom and back, stop molding on the front, and angle brackets for strength. I was in between painting them or staining them. But I decided to paint them the same color as our walls for a clean, blended look. 
side view with angle brackets

I have rearranged them so many times already, but this is what they look like now... 

I love that Eli has the bottom shelf for all his books! We also hung a t.v. in the middle shelf and I put pictures around it. I like that its not the focal point of the room.

They are such a fun way to easily change things around, add new art, books, pictures, keepsakes, etc. If you have a long wall in your house that you don't know what to do with, this is a beautiful way to fill the space!