I happened upon a blog post a while back at Just Another Hang Up where Suzanne had made a gallery wall for her grandkids' art using frames that she repurposed into pin boards. I loved the idea and made a few modifications to suit my style. If you're interested in making a wall of your own, head over to her blog to see how she made it.
Welcome to the Street Fine Art Gallery!
I chose to spray paint collected frames Rustoleum's Heirloom White, then use a small amount of wood stain on a rag to antique them a bit and draw out their beautiful details. Once dried, I attached cork to the frame backing or a piece of cardboard using spray adhesive. I got some of my cork on a roll at Michael's and some as sheets at JoAnn's. Once the cork was adhered, I did the same thing with the muslin.
After they were all ready, I popped them back into the frames, without the glass, and hung them on the wall. I used a similar method to hang the frames as Suzanne did, except I cut out the frame-sized pieces from butcher paper. Old wrapping paper would work too. Once I had them placed on the wall in the right spot using tape, I hung the nails right through the paper where I noted the hanger and pulled the paper off. I also used a little bit of art putty to keep the frames in place so they wouldn't lean to one side.
The kids and I had a fun time making some fall crafts, most of which came from Pinterest. I chose to buy my vinyl sign from Whitney's Etsy store, Just The Frosting. Whitney was fantastic! When I contacted her to see if she could make a custom piece for me, she responded immediately. She sent me a mock up of what my sign would look like and once I ordered, she had it shipped out the next day. My vinyl arrived within two days of shipping with great instructions on how to hang it. I would highly recommend Just The Frosting for any vinyl needs you have. She has great customer service and an amazing price!
My kids are thrilled to see their art hanging on our wall with so much fanfare. I'm thrilled to have my refrigerator back. ;)