Bedroom Makeover: Gallery Wall


Note: The sun shone very little the three weeks I was home and I won’t be able to get better pictures until I’m home again in February, so the colors here are a little bit off.  The wall is a bit more saturated and a bit more green and the colors of the artwork is a little off as well.  I will try to share better pictures at some point (maybe when I do the full bedroom reveal).

Wayyy back, I mentioned that I was going to do a bedroom makeover.  I painted my room and rearranged it, and then it sat unfinished for about over a year.  It’s not done yet, but I finally completed one of the major projects- the gallery wall on the wall of the door.  My room has slanted ceilings, so there are only two walls where it is really possible to hang artwork.  Because of this, I decided that the wall my bed faces would be a gallery wall.  I’m still toying with the idea of making the opposite wall a gallery wall as well, but we’ll see.

Gallery Wall in Progress

This gallery wall has been a very long process.  I started with the large map of Madrid, which has been there for awhile, along with the Jazz Festival poster.  Then added a couple more pieces.   Then some more.  Then rearranged much of it.  I am happy to say it is now complete!  There is one space I’d still like to eventually fill, but it looks fine as is (I think I’m just a little OCD so something that’s not quite balanced looks off to me).  I’m pretty happy with it!

Most people recommend gathering all the pieces you want to use, arranging them, then putting them up.  That is NOT how I went about this.  I simply added as I found the right piece for the right space on the wall.  It worked for me, but also meant that I sat with a half-finished gallery wall for many, many months.  I really wanted everything on the wall to be meaningful or something I really loved, so I didn’t want to purchase anything new for it.  I’ve had the Paris poster (framed), Madrid map, and Jazz Festival poster for a really long time.  They are some of my favorite pieces (I got the Paris poster from A.C. Moore probably 8 years ago, I got the Madrid map from a church rummage sale for a couple dollars, and the Jazz Festival poster was a gift from a friend who attends most years- her mom is from Montreal).  The yellow flower painting and bird embroidery piece were given to me from my grandma and were created by my great-grandma (and namesake).  I made three of the pieces (the dress embroidery piece, the truck etching, and the nude painting).  I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t want a nude on their bedroom wall, but it doesn’t bother me (and it’s not like it’s in the living room).  The small wooden cross was a gift from one of the ladies at church who is very dear to my family.  The spoons were a Christmas gift this year from my grandma and are family heirlooms.  It was really tough to pick the photos.  I settled on a photo of my brother and I with three of our close family friends.  In the frame with three photos, I chose a photo of my grandma and my mom as a little girl.  People always say I look a lot like my mom and I can definitely see the resemblance in this photo (it’s also just one of my favorites).  I included a photo of my mom and I at a similar age and a photo of me around the same age that I also love.

Here’s the before (before ANY of the makeover started) with the after (all of my before photos are on my computer at home, so this is the best before shot I could find):

Before and AfterMuch better, right? I can’t wait to share the rest of the room (although, to be honest, it will probably be awhile before everything’s finished.  I still need to refinish a bed and dresser and figure out the artwork on the wall opposite this)!  I’m really happy with how this turned out.  By the way, if you noticed things look a little crooked above the dresser, the dresser is actually what is crooked, along with the entire floor (the entire room slopes towards the door).  Oh well!


College Dorm Room: Sophomore Year


Good morning! I finally “finished” my dorm room last weekend, but didn’t get around to taking any pictures of it until yesterday afternoon.  I absolutely love my room this year!  It is so much more spacious than my room last year and gets amazing light almost all day long.  The view out the windows isn’t quite as pretty, but I can see the mountains, which I love.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe space also works much better since the door is on one of the longer walls and is in the corner.  I am in a suite, so door to my room opens up into the common lounge area of the suite.  The suite is currently filled with stuff that is being gathered for Operation Christmas Child (one of my suitemates is the head of our campus’s OCC).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy desk is pretty cool.  I got an inexpensive lamp from Walmart for additional lighting.  The pictures frames were a graduation present from one of my best friends.  The turtle (between the plants) was from a trip to California in 2010.  I purchased it at Muir Woods.  I decided to use my bulletin board to store my jewelry this year.  I just used taller tacks, and they seem to be working well.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe wardrobe, which is built-in, is much bigger this year compared to last year.  All of our rooms are supposed to come with a mirror, but our room was missing the mirror.  I got this mirror at Walmart for about $5.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am using the same quilt as last year.  I brought one of my framed posters from my bedroom at home, and I created a gallery with all of my photos around it.  I am really pleased with how it looks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used command strips to hang the poster, but just taped the photographs.  I am hoping to add a row along the bottom to make it a bit more balanced, but didn’t have quite enough additional photographs.  I really like how the sepia-toned poster contrasts with the brightly colored photos.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wasn’t able to get a very good photo of the rest of my room, but the above picture shows it pretty well.  Looking at this photo, I’m thinking it would be really nice to have a smaller mirror on the back of the door (especially since that is where I straighten my hair…without a mirror).  On the dresser is my jewelry box and a turtle I purchased while in Maine visiting Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor this past summer.  The bin on top of the fridge holds my dishes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOverall, I really like my room this year.  I think I might need to purchase a rug once it starts to get colder, but the linoleum floor does not bother me very much right now.  I also want to do some sort of photo bunting, perhaps above my bulletin board/white board.  Also, I want to get a small bookshelf to put next to the head of the bed as a nightstand.  Right now, I pull one of the bins out from under the bed every night to function as a bedside table.  It works, but I’d rather have something that looks a bit nicer.

The weather looks like it’s going to be lovely this weekend!  I hope you have a great weekend!