My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art – Calendars!

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

Gallery walls are an awesome way to add a lot of visual impact to a wall – but large gallery walls can get expensive. Frames are expensive and so is art. My first gallery wall, I actually built really inexpensive frames to save money. I now prefer to purchase frames (I have these from Amazon in 4 different places in my house now!) but getting a large amount of art can still be expensive. My favorite source for gallery wall art? Calendars!

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

Why calendars?

  1. They are inexpensive. Even a “high end” calendar like the one I used in this gallery (purchased at a local artist, Teil Duncan, art show) was $30. Seems like a lot for a calendar but for 12 8″ x 10″ prints it’s a steal. I’ve linked to a TON of great calendars below.
  2. They are cohesive. Whatever your theme, a calendar has already been curated to flow and go together. It takes the guess work out of it!
  3. You get 12. 12 is a great number. 3 rows of 4, 4 rows of 3, 2 rows of 6, 6 rows of 2, heck one row of 12. So many possibilities!

Why am I telling you this now? This is the perfect time to get calendars for a STEAL as the current year is currently 1/3 over. Seriously, it’s the perfect time to shop!

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

The most obvious way to hang a calendar gallery wall is grid style. That’s how I did this one, using a laser level and a picture hanging kit to get the whole thing done in 30 minutes.

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

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Guest Bathroom Mini Makeover

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover - Charleston Crafted

We previously shared a guest bathroom mini-makeover with you and I said that we wouldn’t touch it again for a while. Well, that was a lie. It was fine how it was but I wanted to add a little bit of decor as well. A lot of this has been going on for a while but I realized that it hadn’t made it to the blog, so here is everything that we did!

Paint – the wall color is Symphony of Blues by Sherwin Williams in an Egg Shell finish. We split a gallon with the master bath and absolutely love this color.

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover - Charleston Crafted

Replace the mirror  – we swapped the builder grade mirror for this one from At Home.

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover - Charleston Crafted

Replace the medicine cabinet – we shared a tutorial for how we replaced the medicine cabinet in our master bathroom with open shelving and then we did the same thing in the guest bath. These cute and easy shelves are a perfect replacement for old school mirrored cabinets.

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover - Charleston Crafted

Cross Stitch Art – I had a great time doing a stitch n bitch with my friends – where we all cross stitch the same project at the same time and chat while we do it! I did this quote in a blue ombre and love it in this space. Here’s the link to the frame.

Hang a seashell gallery wall – we previously had these frames hanging in our condo hallway, so it was simple to re-hang them here. We wanted it to feel a bit like a beach house (since many of our guests come to go to the beach!) so it was a great fit alongside some jars of shells.

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover - Charleston Crafted

Swap the switches – we are slowly changing all of the switches & outlets in the house from beige to white. It’s a really simple DIY just be sure to cut off the power!

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A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!)

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

Ever since we moved, I have been feeling sad that we couldn’t get our whole entertainment center together. I loved it in the condo but it just wouldn’t fit in our new space. We are still using the base piece, but the wall is not wide enough to accommodate the two side shelves. We moved them to the dining room, but this wall was looking very empty. I decided to hang a gallery wall around the TV and love the way that this one turned out.

A Door Gallery Wall  (And How You Can Replicate It!)  - Charleston Crafted

There are lots of different gallery walls that you can hang around a TV, but I am partial to a grid style. We did a similar look in our bedroom in the condo and I really love the symmetry and same-ness. For this look, I suggest that you use the same frame for each photo or piece of art and that your photos have some sort of similarity, either in color scheme or subject matter.

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

For our frames, we used these 11×14 matted to 8×10. They are an excellent quality for the price (it fluctuates slightly but currently $12).

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

As for the content of the frames, I got the idea to feature a gallery wall of images of historic doors of Charleston. I love door photos and thought that this would be cool because it is colorful, artistic feeling, and gives a shout out to our beautiful city. Love the idea, too? Lucky you, we have all 10 photos cropped to 8×10″ as a PDF printble in our Etsy shop.

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

We printed them on glassy photo paper at home and love the results. Sean hung them using his laser level, but you could definitely just use a tape measure. Start in the middle and work your way out for best results.

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

nice butt 😉

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

I love how it turned out. I really feel like it makes the ceilings look higher and the space look more grand!

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

This room is coming together from this angle, but turn around and it’s still a hot mess. We are working on it 🙂

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Phase One is Better than Phase None – A Staircase Gallery Wall

A Staircase Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

I am usually fast to get to projects. I make a list and I don’t sit around and talk about it – I jump in and do it! Though we had our whole downstairs painted within 3 months of moving in, we still have a line where we quit painting at the landing of our staircase. We plan to carry that gray color (Sherwin Williams Online) up the staircase and into the upstairs hallway. But… it remains unpainted.

When you should start a DIY home project even if you know that you can't finish it right now - when phase 1 is better than phase none - Charleston Crafted

Why? Well, we need to scrape the popcorn ceilings, which is a full weekend project plus we will need to borrow some kind of intense ladder. Then we can paint. And while scraping the ceilings is a very low cost project, it’s hard to squeeze a full weekend long project into my current project schedule – the stairwell just isn’t our top priority at the moment.

We have been planning a gallery wall for our sunroom, and sometime in the process Sean said that I really shouldn’t be buying more frames and printing photos when we have a huge stack of them waiting to be hung on the staircase. I thought about it and said that we couldn’t hang the photos until we painted the walls and we couldn’t paint the walls until we scraped the ceilings and we couldn’t scrape the ceilings until we finish the kitchen.

So, we couldn’t hang the frames until the summer. At which point we would have been living here for a year! It struck me how sad it was that all of our wedding photos would be in a closet for a full year (they were on full display in our condo).

But why? Why not just hang the dang pictures already? Who cares if the wall isn’t painted yet! So I decided to go against my own grain and start a “phase one” staircase project.

A Staircase Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

What is a phase one project? It’s something that you do knowing that it’s not how you want it to look in the end. It’s a quick fix, a band-aid, and usually I am really against them. Phase-ones can quickly become phase-forevers and fall into the rut of “good enough.”

But, sometimes, Phase One projects are good.

  • When Phase One is free
  • When you have a time or money constraint holding back the full project
  • When you know that you will definitely follow through on the whole project once you have the time and money

So, here’s our temporary, Phase One staircase gallery wall. As always, my tip for gallery walls is to cut out newspaper the size and shape of each frame and use a marker to label which way is up. Use painters tape to re-arrange them on the wall until you are satisfied.

A Staircase Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

A Staircase Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

A Staircase Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

We hung them with small nails that, yeah, we will have to take out when we paint. But, I am so glad that we got these frames out of the closet and up on the wall. It’s starting to feel really homey!

How do you feel about Phase One projects? 

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Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

how to DIY turn any photo - even one from your phone - into a triptych and a great inexpensive large white frame resource - charleston crafted

Now that we’ve covered the walls of our bedroom with a fresh coat of paint, we needed to start accessorizing so that the room didn’t look barren. We started with newly refinished campaign dressers and wall-mounted lighting, but we wanted a big photo to go over the bed. It’s a wide space, so we opted to make a triptych to cover it.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

A triptych is one photo broken into three sections and each hung in a separate frame. You line them up next to each other so that you get a really cool perspective on the photo.

We decided to use a photo from our trip to Kauai that we took at the beach. It was a panorama from our first full day when we discovered a nearly deserted beach in Poipu.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

We ordered three 20″x 30″ frames, so I sized the photos to be 20 inches high and 60 inches wide in Photoshop.

We decided to try something a little artsy with the photo instead of printing it as it was. We thought about black and white at first.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

Then, we decided to bring in a little bit of color that would match the bedroom. I started out selecting all the blue tones and turned those on. That brought out all the blue in the sky, but not the water. The water in the original photo wasn’t really blue, but more of a green/yellow.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

I tried turning on greens, but it didn’t really work for the water and instead turned on the forests in the background. So instead, I used the magic wand tool to select the water and copied that as it’s own layer. Then I put a blue cooling filter on it so that that area would turn light blue. Then I just cleaned up the straight edges with a feathered eraser to make the edges look faded.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

It looks awesome. The mountain, forests, clouds and beach are black and white, but the water and sky are blue. The photo looks great. So, then I broke the photo into three even sections of 20×30 inches each and saved each section as its own high resolution photo.

We ordered the prints for cheap off Shutterfly and they were here in a couple of days. We popped the prints into the frames and hung them 3 inches apart from each other on the wall.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

The tones of the photo look awesome with the blue tones in the wall and the grey tones of our bed. The photo ties everything together and looks great. Plus it’s a great reminder of our anniversary trip.

This triptych is a great way for anyone to spice up a photo and cover a large space. What do you think?

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