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Family Picture Wall — Your Questions Answered!!

Thanks for all of the sweet comments on my Family Picture Wall.

To tell you the truth, it is maybe my favorite project ever. Why? I love the scrolly frames for their different shapes, I love the pops of YELLOW — so bright and happy, I love the little table I spray painted at the last- second, I adore the bright subway art, but most of all I ADORE the pictures and seeing my cute little family. I am sure you all feel the same way seeing your families in pictures. It is wonderful!!

I always think I am answering all of the potential questions when I write up a post, but afterwards I discover all of the little details I leave out. So I thought I would write this post and answer the questions left in comments and on Facebook.

The frames are from Cut It Out Frames — the sizes are 5×7’s, 8×10’s and 16 x 20’s. Cut It Out cannot send the frames with glass, but you can buy dollar store frames and use the glass from those for the small ones, and then Home Depot sells the glass for the larger ones.

The Fabric in the chevron “H” is from BuyFabrics.com — Ash Slub Zig Zag Premier Prints

My sister Wendy took the pictures — thanks Wendy!! If you live in the Bay Area get on her list for fabulous lifestyle shots!!

The paint on the remade table is Valspar – Golden Maize.

The hooks I used are from 3M Command Strips

The beautiful subway art is from Kristi at Barn Owl Primitives

The bowl is from Ikea.

My wall paint color is Martha Stewart — Sharkey Grey. Available at Home Depot.

The letter H is from Craft Cuts — you can order any size and any font letters through them.

If there’s anything I’ve missed that you are curious about, leave me a questions in comments and I would love to answer you!!

Check out the original Family Gallery Frame Wall post for more pictures and information.

Have a CREATIVE day!!


PS — And it you have a gallery wall you have created, leave the link in comments. I would love to see it. Or if you have any great tips or ideas in creative a memorable family picture wall – I would love to hear them!!

I received product from Cut It Out Frames, 3M and Barn Owl Primitives for this project.


  1. How many of each size picture frame did you use? Its hard to tell the sizes of the bigger frames. I am doing this on a wall in my family room it looks amazing! Thanks!

  2. This is great!! Wondering if you can share how many frames and what sizes you used exactly. I’ve read through all of the posts and replies and I believe I only saw a mention of 16×20, 8×10 and 5×7. There are some frames that look a bit smaller than what I think is the 5×7

  3. How many 5×7’s etc did you use? Hard to tell in the picture. Thanks

  4. I was wondering if the frames come with glass… it doesn’t say on the website…

    • They can’t ship the frames with glass. For the 5×7 and 8×10 frames you can buy dollar store frames and use the glass from those. For frames larger than 8×10 – you can buy glass in standard sizes from your hardware store like Home Depot.


  5. Hello, did you have to paint the frames yourself or did they come in white? If you had to paint them which paint did you use? Sorry, I am new to all of this! Thank you!

  6. Lori House says:

    I’m new to Pinerest and I am addicted, do you have anything on refurbishing a wood coffee table? My neighbor gave it to us and the original paint is chipping and fading nd I want to sand and restrain it, do u have a tutorial on that??

  7. Hi Jen,
    Your wall is fantastic! What is the size of your gallery wall? You have inspired me!

  8. Did you say where you got the entry table…?? It just showed the after picture and the spray paint you used…can you let me know where the table is from?

  9. Could you give me the total dimensons of the frame wall – width and height? Thanks!

  10. coming back to this post almost two months later to fetch the link, and was debating between Sharkey Gray and another MS color. I think you helped me decide that one! Thanks again :)

  11. Charlene says:


  12. I tweeted the announcement for the giveaway..

  13. Jen!! I loved your gallery wall so much that I ordered my wood frames from Cut It Out (still waiting for them to arrive) but made an initial for my wall from canvas like you did. I mentioned you on my blog here: http://www.saltboxhouse5.com/2012/04/how-to-make-basic-monogram-for-your.html. I am so excited to get my gallery wall done!!! WHOOHOO thank you for the inspiration!!

  14. Where did you get that valspar golden maze spray paint??? Did you use they spray paint or actual paint for the table project?

  15. Tierney says:

    Where did you get the table? Been looking for one 9 inches wide and that looks about right!

  16. Thanks so much for replying and for this post! I have to have that color, heading to Lowe’s tonight. :) I can’t get over how amazing this wall turned out. It breathes life into your hallway and just looks so darn happy!

  17. Jen!!! I adore this wall! And I covet that yellow table. I am drooling over it :) It is all so perfect!

  18. Today as I was Googling your blog, I had a nostalgic moment of how much your blog (and empire!) has grown. I remember finding you way back when your banner at the top said your name in blue writing and it was in front of photos. You didn’t have nearly as many followers, and when I googled “tatertots…” the potato variety came up. Now when I Google it your blog comes up first.
    I just wanted to thank you for inspiring so many women to create! You’re quite a pioneer in the blogging world, and you used that power for good in creating resources for us. I’ve gotten so many new views and followers from your link ups. Once you featured my bunting banner and my viewership went through the roof!

    Your blog has become to go-to for getting ideas and inspiration. So I just wanted to stop by and say thanks. You’ve shown that crafting CAN become a full time business, and not to count we ladies out! :)

    • Oh my goodness — what a sweet comment Lauren!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write that. And thanks for reading my blog for so long!! You will never know how much your comment means to me!!


  19. I, too, love your pops of color! I have a family photo wall all in black frames down the hall, but I’ve hung my kid’s art in those “clip frames” amongst them giving the wall punches of color (and sweet memories!). I’ll have to post about it soon- it’s been on the walls for 6 years, so I haven’t really thought about it before, lol.

    I do have a gallery wall I just completed, though, and blogged about that’s in our main living area. Since photos were down the hall, I used other items and call it our “memory gallery wall.” Here’s the link to the second post I did that explains the significance of the items (the first post is before and afters and is linked in this post):


    Now your subway art – I’d love to find a place for something similar on one of my walls! The wheels are turning… :-)

  20. I really love this idea. Thanks so much for the detailed description. I want to give this a try!

    The pop of yellow is fantastic!

  21. I MUST try out this project! I love displaying family photos…but right now, they’re just in regular easel-type frames on ledges. Your idea is great!

  22. Lovely pieces! The place looks calming.

  23. I LOVE this project! I’m currently working on an entryway (small) gallery wall, and I’ve already used some inspiration from this post!

    I did a gallery wall in our master bedroom, and I just love it…the picture of it is at the bottom of this post: http://heresthediehl.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/12-dates-in-2012-the-intro/
    and I included background info on the items I chose for the wall (the states art is because we’ve lived in St. Louis for 12 years, so this is home now, but we’re both from a small town in central IL, and call it home, too).

  24. Thanks Jen for answering all of those Q’s for us :) I have a 16×20 frame from Cut it Out….and you are right, choosing the right paint color is the hardest part. (that is why it is hanging on my wall as we speak not painted) Oh, I love your wall!!!

  25. love it!! you should check out fabric.com… you can get the gray chevron fabric even cheaper than at buyfabric! Everything is actually cheaper at fabric.com. plus you get free shipping on orders over $35! PLUS they always have coupon codes and different promotions. :)))) just in case you plan to do more fabric type crafts! :))

  26. I love the pop of yellow – I’ve just bought a hall table ready to do something similar! I’m going to try to be brave and go blue. Thank you for the inspiration!

    I recently did a gallery wall for my daughter’s room. You can see it here.

  27. Jen I love your wall! That fabric is awesome! It would look great in our Airstream. I need to check it out!

  28. So cool that your sister is in the Bay Area, I will have to look her up when I need photos!

  29. I love your wall, thanks for the inspiration!

  30. My mother always taught me that this was the number one interior decorating rule not to break: NO family pictures! But as of late I have been thinking: Go to hell mumsy! I kinda want a gallery wall!

  31. It’s beautiful…yellow is the perfect color for that table. :) Great photography, too!


  32. My son would love the name of the color of the gray. He’s into “sharkey” stuff right now. :)

  33. I think it takes a lot of bravery to paint furniture. My biggest worry is, “What if I screw it up?!” Anyway, I do love the way it all turned out.


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