Oversized Art Room: Using Your Own Photography

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen that we’ve been cranking out some giant frames in our garage.  They are all going in different places {so I’ll keep you in suspense on the others} but today I’m sharing a gigantic one we made for our living room.  We wanted to use our own photography from some of our favorite vacation spots that we’ve been to together to create a unique gallery wall as a focal point.  Here is what the wall looked like previously.

You may remember the clothespin frame I made last year, the Faith sign, and bird art that have been here for awhile.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I was just ready for something new.  Here’s what we came up with.

It’s actually going to tie into a big fireplace overhaul that’s coming something soon {hint, hint} and we love it.  To bring in some personal touches to the room, I started by scouring some of our vacation pictures and gave our favorites an antiqued effect {using iPhoto} and made a collage of them on PicMonkey so we could look at them all in one place.


From there, Mike and I sat down and decided on our top 12 pics to use.  I printed them off on tag board just on our printer at home.  Then I just grabbed some regular printer paper and taped it to the wall to decide what size each picture should be and how many we could fit in the 4’x8′ frame we built {which I have a tutorial for coming soon!}

Then I ran to Home Depot and bought a 4’x4′ sheet of underlayment for around $7.

We cut them to our decided upon size using our table saw.

I wanted to add a little color to the boards so I grabbed one of our favorite gray colors {and most asked about-it was used in our master bath, dining room, and kitchen island}-Steele Gray by Valspar-and painted a border around the edge of the boards.

Once they dried, I grabbed some Mod Podge and painted it onto the surface of the boards.

Then I smoothed the picture onto the board.

I flipped the pictures over and let them dry and then painted the Mod Podge over top to seal the picture to the wood and give them a glossy, canvas-like finish.

We added picture hangers to the back and evenly spaced them inside the frame.






Love the shine.

Total cost for this project: around $37.  The wood and trim for the frame cost around $30 and the wood for the pictures was $7.

What do you think?  Are you fan of our massive frame?  Do you use photography in your home?






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  1. I love this big, oversized frame. I think it makes the room look all tied together and using pictures from vacations is an amazing way to remember those trips. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the fire place!

  2. I love this frame! What a great way to incorporate your travel photos. I love this and I might just have to use this idea for some of my new home decorations. Great idea!

  3. I absolutely love it! What size were most of your pics that you framed? I’ve been working on something similar–I covered a piece of thinsulate (I think it’s called with drop cloth and have been wanting to hang photos on it—but just haven’t decided how to hang them. I had about decided on clear pic frames till I seen this… I think I will use your ‘underlayment’ method!

    I always look forward to your post…. :) Have a great week!

    • That’s so sweet, Kelly:) We cut the boards to about 8×11 and the pictures are just smaller-whatever size they printed with the margin. I’m sure your pictures will look great!

  4. I too, like this idea but my space will not hold the big frame, what if i did the picture thing but no frame and spread them out a bit more or maybe a thinner frame???

    • Thanks, Lori! I definitely think you could go without the frame and make some sort of gallery wall with just the pictures. You could do different sizes or layouts-whatever looks good to you! I would just play around with a few or draw them out until you find something you like.

  5. I really love this frame….perfect for a large wall….I hope you will link up with me here:

  6. Great projects! Beautiful way to emphasize your stunning collection of photos!


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