Instant Gallery Wall


I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are ready to face a new week.  Ours was great, and the highlight for me was seeing The University of Dayton (my alma mater) go to the Sweet 16.  And here is a shot of the celebration on campus that night (affectionately named “The Ghetto”):

Reminds me of when I was there and we advanced in the NCAA tournament.  Good times.

Back to reality here.  You may remember over the holidays that I created a(nother) chalkboard wall in my basement.  I made use of a nook that was just sitting there, waiting to be filled.

Ok, I thought I had a photo of this nook over the holidays, but evidently not.  So maybe I never even told you about this project.  Old age is terrible, isn’t it?

Well, here it is as part of a montage of the niches throughout my home – it’s the niche in the top left photo.  The long skinny one that resides in my basement.

Over the holidays, I had created the word JOY, with a wreath as the “O”.  Something along these lines, except my wreath was a green one – but you get the idea.

So, I finally took that down, and decided to fill the space with some family photos, gallery wall style.

See, you can even see the “Y” from my “JOY” project.

It’s fun because you can change out the pictures on a whim, and update them with new ones.  This week we’re celebrating the birthday of my second son – he’s turning 13, which means I’ll have not one, but two teens in the house.

He’s still sweet right now, and hasn’t hit his teen stride yet.  His voice is still that of a young boy – I’m waiting for his Peter-Brady-Time-to-Change phase to strike.  I’m not ready for it yet!


  • Reply
    Simply LKJ
    March 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I love the chalkboard niche! Happy Birthday to your sweet boy!!

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    Sharon @ mrshinesclass
    March 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I absolutely love the chalkboard frames!! And happy birthday to your son.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    March 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I love that niche as a chalkboard wall! Your family photos are so fabulous, and they look great grouped together against the black. Happy birthday to your newest teen 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    March 25, 2014 at 1:04 am

    What a great idea! I think niches are SO hard to work with and you came up with a great solution. Love the versatility of it!

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    March 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Love your chalkboard gallery – I need something fun like that that I can change out easily!

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

    What a great way to fill that space and display your family photos! So clever. Oh my, two teenagers! I'm scared of when they will happen here.

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    Cyndy Aldred
    March 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    So fun Jen! What a creative idea and you're right, you can do so much with that and switch out! I love all of your niches!

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