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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pretty as a Picture

                 What's It Wednesday #164

I was on Pinterest, as usual, looking for a cool idea to decorate the wall on my husband's side of the bedroom when I came across an amazing "Ikea Hack" worth trying and blabbing about.

I wanted to something special so this idea was perfect. After seeing this idea on Pinterest, I literally ran to Ikea the next day and purchased the Malma Mirrors

It started with this simply framed Malma Mirror from Ikea. I purchased 15 of them for my 3 X 5 gallery wall. Each mirror was $1.99. 

The back has this small hole for hanging. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the hole, but me being me, I gorilla glued hangers on the back of each one so that I could have better control over each  frame remaining straight (This is in my head). 

Next I went through my Facebook and Instagram pictures and uploaded them to my Walgreens Photo Account. I changed them to black and whites and ordered the prints in 5 X 7. This is the best $1.99 I have ever spent. 

I cut each photo to 4 X 4 to fit squarely inside the space covering the mirror. I used double sided tape to adhere each photo on the mirror. This will make it easy for me to change out the pictures as my children grow up.

I carefully measured the distance apart vertically and horizontally. I made sure to measure twice, hammer once.

My husband was so thrilled when he got home and saw his gallery wall. Did I mention each frame was only $1.99?

Atkinson Drive
This fantastic idea came from Sam of the blog Atkinson Drive. She is absolutely amazing. 

Do you have a picture hack that you can share with us?


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Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thanks for Whats It Wednesday 164. Your picture wall looks great, a lot of work and a great product.

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

The photo wall turned out wonderful, and such gorgeous photos of the family! I've had a "photo hack" post forever, from back when I first started blogging, but have been a little intimidated to post it after becoming an avid reader of blogs, lol. Thank you so much for hosting!!

Thelma said...

Wow. I love the wall and great idea with the Ikea mirrors. Very creative. xo
Thanks for sharing my posts nos. 9,10 & 11. xo

Cheryl said...

Great job on the Ikea Hack, love it!! Great features!! Thanks for hosting!

Jill Harrison said...

fantastic idea - cheap but a very professional look - well done and thanks!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your gallery wall looks great and I love the thrifty price tag. Such precious family photos! Thanks for the party every week.

Junkchiccottage said...

What a great idea. This is so awesome. I bet your hubby loved it. Wow what a beautiful gallery wall for $20. Such a great idea.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Fantastic! This is great.

JP said...

Patti, your wall turned out fantastic! The next time you have to hang pics like that, don't hammer, use Command velcro hooks...they're flat and removable and work fantastic!
Thanks for hosting, I'm glad that I had something to share this week.

Poppy said...

Beautiful black and white collection of pics to grace your bedroom wall! Very savvy!

Thanks for hosting, Paula! Have a great day!


Artsy VaVa said...

I love your picture wall! Thank you for hosting the party.

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Lovely photos! Thanks for the party and have a great week!

Our Hopeful Home said...

I joined in today's party and didn't even know I was featured! Thank you! Your gallery wall is awesome. I'm actually working on my own gallery wall in our family room and it's a huge wall and I'm overwhelmed...wish I had seen this sooner!:)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful and amazing! xoox Su

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Paula, what a great idea. A perfect fit for the wall, and I like the way you put them up. Measure and then nail...hmm, I should try that!!..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Deanies Stash said...

Paula, this turned out super! A great price, too!

Teresa said...

Awesome and beyond lovely.
A Celebration of Life and Love.
Perfect for the first and last thing you see in the day.
Makes you jump out of bed and live THIS much more and going to sleep with the lovely feeling of a "Job" Well done.
Amazing Wife Award Credits too ahahahahah.
Love Love it so much.
Bless your lovely and thoughtful soul,

Unknown said...

your photo wall has become so beautiful . I love the idea and the beautiful photos.
Greetings from Germany

Rita C at Panoply said...

Paula, that project looks amazing, and I love how you reinforced the backs of the inexpensive mirrors - good trick for us OCD people - thanks!
Thanks for hosting us too - always a pleasure to join in the fun.
Rita C at Panoply

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Love this! What a great way to arrange sentimental photos, Paula! And it looks absolutely fabulous! Ikea has great prices but did you start with buying 10 photos at 1.99 and went back later for five more for this under $20.00 project? I Don't mean to be picky - it's me being me.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow Paula- that turned out fabulous! I've never been to an IKEA- I'm always amazed at the prices of things I've heard about. I didn't bring anything to the party- just wanted to drop by and visit!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Wow, love this Gallery Wall and I must say that it took some very good measuring!
Thank you for sharing your tips with us.
Great party, thank you oodles!

Plumfield House Gardens said...

You placed your photo's so perfectly on the wall, just Gorgeous! Great idea!

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Wow I love your gallery wall! What a wonderful way to wake up each morning and go to bed at night, looking at your loved ones smiling back at you.I just did something similar in my living room and I change the pictures out with the seasons. Beautifully done! Thank you so much for the party and have a great week!
XO Barbara

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Thank you so much for featuring my new coastal curtain!

Alessandra said...

Great job! The photo gallery is awesome and the wall looks stunning. Lovely surprise for you husband.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Wow Paula,
Love your gallery wall and bet your
hubby did like it......
What a great job you did, and what a frugal yet beautiful job at that.
Wish our ikea store was closer.....

Thanks for sharing this great idea.
and thanks for hosting as always,
Blessings, Nellie

Unknown said...

Your gallery wall looks great. And at a great price. Thanks so much for the party.

Julie said...

Thanks for the party, Paula! And thanks for the sweet comment on my blog :)

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness, Paula, what a great surprise for your husband! Love it and especially love that it's not difficult to do and so budget-friendly. The measuring part would scare me but nowadays there's lots of tech help with that. Love your parties, sweet lady!

Kim said...

What a gorgeous wall!! I love Ikea, but the hacks are the best! Elegant and inexpensive...that's my kind of DIY!

Unknown said...

Your wall is looking so beautiful now <3.This is totally awesome.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a great idea! It makes such a big impact with a collection of smaller objects. I'm pinning this!

Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance said...

Hi Ladies! Thanks so much for hosting the party! Love your new gallery wall!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Your photo wall is fantastic and so budget that you can swap out photos when you want to!!! Thanks for hosting, so much creativity here! Have a lovely week~~~Mickie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your project turned out personal, and looks wonderful, too!

Uniquely Ella said...

Hi Paula, thanks for hosting another great party. Loving how your gallery wall turned out, great idea. Also loving all the features.
Sending blessings,


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