My last summer project of the year is aptly named, My Neurotic Photo Display Wall. Neurotic comes from the word neurosis which Dictionary.com defines as…
a relatively mild personality disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment (i.e. Chelle during photo wall project)
Okay, so my name really isn’t part of the definition, but it should be. This described me perfectly.during this project. I’m glad to know that this is a “relatively mild personality disorder” as opposed to an “extremely wild” or “excessively spicy” personality disorder.
You see, I have a lot of pictures. I take a lot of pictures. I LOVE pictures. You may remember Tracy and me sorting some of those pictures during our 31 Days To An Organized Office series. That project wasn’t really about my photos. It was about getting them off my desk and floor and into a closet off my office where most of my prints are stored in boxes. That was Day 10.
Over the summer I had been enlisting the help of my tech-savvy teenage son to scan my photo prints into my computer and then putting those prints into photo albums for me. It forced me to go through the photo boxes and throw out doubles and bad pics. I paid my son to work for me. He put in quite a few hours. I highly recommend doing this. It was a great help.
Seeing those pictures got me motivated to get them out on display.
I wanted to make a photo display wall in my front entry. I had been meaning to do this for awhile. Below is the wall I envisioned displaying my photos.
So far this sounds fairly sane. However, the mild to spicy personality disorder took over when I had to make decisions as to which photos I would display. Can you relate?
Of course every picture of my two children is adorable and all my vacation photos have great memories. I wanted to represent both sides of the family, my husband’s and mine. I wanted a variety. I wanted them to look good as black and white photos. Yikes, a little overwhelming.
I was determined to push through indecision and do a good enough, not perfect wall that my family loves and this is how I did it.
Like I mentioned earlier, all the prints on this wall were going to be in black and white. I wanted most of them to be frame-less, mounted prints and just a few in frames. I bought some silver frames and one teal/blue at Hobby Lobby on sale for 50% off. Watch for those sales. They have them fairly frequently.
I bought a taller, bigger lamp from Pier 1 Imports. It’s pictured below. You can also see the Hobby Lobby frames on the wall to the right.
I added a couple of topiaries, also from Pier I Imports.
I started with a few focal prints I knew I would want. I bought some cheap paper on a roll and cut out other photo sizes and taped them to the wall to see how I wanted it to lay out. Here’s my dining room table near the photo wall. It was crazy for awhile.
I am still waiting on a couple of prints I ordered from a photo session with a photographer but I hung the frames in the mean time. I knew what size to order and where the prints would go when they arrived. I attached almost everything with various 3M Command Strips according to the size and weight of the item to be hung.
These removable strips allowed me to hang the pictures quickly and I can easily change photos out if I get mad at anyone. 🙂 jk
I painted the large floor vase next to the entry table earlier. That was Project #8 – 10 Minute Vase Makeover.
I bought both a wood art piece with the word “Family” on it and some letters to spell out “FRIENDS” at Hobby Lobby.
Don’t ever pay full price there. Everything I bought at 50% off or with a coupon I pulled up on my phone.
The idea with this wall is that I will continue to add to it until most of the wall is full of photos. I wanted to get it to a place where it looked good as is. I am pleased.
One thing I am not thrilled with is that some of the black and white tint is different. I may take a couple of those back to Wal-Mart and have them re-done, but for now it’s good. That’s why the removable strips come in handy.
The frames still need their prints but they should be in next week.
I pushed through my neurosis and created a wall that my family, friends and I love. It took several weeks and several Stuart Smalley sessions.
I’d love to know how you display your photos or link any other project you have completed AND if you need a therapy session in the midst of it. We’re here if you need to talk. LOL!
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