• Hank’s Art Gallery Wall

    I love the idea of a gallery wall (inspiration here and here) so I created a mini one in Hank’s room after a morning of water coloring.
    We’ve been doing a lot of art projects lately and water coloring is one of his new favorites. I can always judge how much he likes an activity by the length of the tantrum he throws when it has to end. This one was twenty minutes plus.
    He prefers the pointillism technique

    After exhausting himself with the tantrum he fell fast asleep for his nap and then I got to work. I took these small, old thrifted frames (cost me less than $10)
    And spray painted them gold ($4)
    Then I cut his paintings down to size and hung them when he got up.
    It’ll be easy to switch out the paintings with new ones whenever we’d like, or add new frames to the mix. Hank is very proud of his gallery wall. I like how it turned out and am hoping to keep it up through the years.


    1. DomesticJenny said… February 7, 2011 10:51 am

      I really love this! Such a great way to display your child's art!

    2. liz stanley said… March 17, 2010 11:51 am

      frames were found at a thrift store and then I spray painted them gold

    3. SFBFLY said… March 17, 2010 10:32 am

      Where did you find the frames?

    4. Lulu said… February 24, 2010 1:01 am

      this is the sweetest thing ever!postcards from dreamland

    5. tarheel said… February 19, 2010 5:14 am

      oh my gosh, that is fabulous!!

    6. carmen c said… February 18, 2010 1:02 pm

      Wow, so inspiring! This was just featured in AT's Oh dee doh. Congrats!

    7. Beth said… February 18, 2010 11:01 am

      Love the gold, so great!

    8. Design Mom said… February 18, 2010 8:02 am

      Yay for Hank! What an artiste.

    9. Jessica Nichols said… February 18, 2010 7:47 am

      "I can always judge how much he likes an activity by the length of the tantrum he throws when it has to end." In almost seven years of motherhood, it has never once occurred to me to view my son's tantrums in this way. Thanks! Also, very cute project. I always forget about spray paint, duh. I've been hunting for white picture frames for six months with close to zero luck.

    10. Elizabeth said… February 18, 2010 6:05 am

      I love that he gets his own wall. Does he come back to look at it? I bet he does. How sweet! And as his skills get better, so will the wall. I'm putting this in my "when I'm a mommy someday" folder 🙂

    11. the southern hostess said… February 17, 2010 8:24 pm

      So cute! I love it.

    12. liz stanley said… February 17, 2010 7:58 pm

      Gina, haaa thanks. You're sweet.

    13. Gina said… February 17, 2010 6:14 pm

      Look how cute you are with him, you're my favorite mom right now

    14. Mary! said… February 17, 2010 5:54 pm

      I love this! Quite the little artist you have!

    15. liz stanley said… February 17, 2010 2:08 pm

      Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Haydee, I really love the chairs. Highly recommend them. The link is here: http://www.roomservicestore.com/store/modern_kids_furniture/chairs_kids_bertoia_white.html

    16. Deb said… February 17, 2010 2:02 pm

      So cute! I love it!And Hank is looking like such a little man. 😉

    17. Joslyn said… February 17, 2010 1:57 pm

      this looks great! love that entire space…love.it.hank looks just like you 😉

    18. Haydee said… February 17, 2010 1:02 pm

      adorable art, adorable boy..but my question is about the little bertoia chairs, I remember you posting about them, do you like them? I'm thinking of getting a pair for my kids' table.

    19. Allison said… February 17, 2010 12:11 pm

      I absolutely love this idea! I had been wanting to do something similar for a while but wasn't ready to go out and invest in a bunch of new frames. Brilliant, thrift and paint!

    20. Leanne said… February 17, 2010 12:10 pm

      what a lovely idea, and i love that little craft area, so great!

    21. robin k said… February 17, 2010 12:05 pm

      Neat idea, Liz.

    22. milk tea + polka dots said… February 17, 2010 11:55 am

      It seriously looks great! Awesome idea!

    23. Brooke said… February 17, 2010 11:50 am

      Looks great!! Love it!

    24. Natalie said… February 17, 2010 11:34 am

      Wow, so inspiring, so fun for him too.

    25. chris said… February 17, 2010 11:20 am

      so great, love it

    26. Natalie | The Bobby Pin said… February 17, 2010 11:02 am

      That is such a great idea! Minimalist but still displays his work! Super cute!

    27. Jax's Mom said… February 17, 2010 10:51 am

      I absolutely adore this and look forward to making one for my son when he gets a bit older. thanks for the super sweet idea!

    28. Val said… February 17, 2010 10:14 am

      This looks so great. Love the idea

    29. Susan said… February 17, 2010 10:03 am

      cute, i am going to have to try this

    30. SmartBear said… February 17, 2010 9:05 am

      This has been on my to-do list for awhile. Thanks for giving me a lookey at how you did it. I am no inspired (rather than intimidated) to give it a go!

    31. chrissy said… February 17, 2010 8:48 am

      how awesome, very cute gallery wall

    32. anh-minh said… February 17, 2010 8:16 am

      This turned out so well! Such a great idea.

    33. Heather said… February 17, 2010 8:00 am

      Great idea!! I am for sure going to do this!

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