Vintage Picture Frame Wall Gallery

Vintage Picture Frame Wall Gallery

If you’ve looked on Pinterest, Houzz, or any number of home décor magazines and blogs, you’re bound to see the “Empty Frame Collage” or “Frame Gallery” trend. And while I normally shy away from trendy decorating fads, I was drawn to this one and jumped on the bandwagon.

I spent some time gathering frames…picking ones I liked or seemed like a good price…and never gave it any thought on how they would all come together. Not that I’m advocating that entirely, but after playing around with them, I finally found a grouping I was happy with (as was Cottonball).

Antique and Vintage ornate picture frames to be painted and displayed as a wall gallery by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cottonball has been framed!

Unlike many of the examples of these empty frame collages, I decided to paint my frames using three different, but complementary, colors (subtle metallics). This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Metallic Spray Paints for Antique and Vintage ornate picture frames to be displayed as a wall gallery by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The three contenders…

I decided to leave two of the frames (#3 and #5) as they were- they were each attractive in their own way and added a nice textural aberration within the grouping.

Vintage, antique ornate picture frames to be displayed as a gallery for an easy, simple, stylish wall filler by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

As-is frame #1…

Vintage, antique ornate picture frames to be displayed as a gallery for an easy, simple, stylish wall filler by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and As-Is Frame #2!

Something to note- one of the frames (#6) was in rickety disrepair when I bought it. Well, several of them were- but nothing that a couple of small nails and hammer couldn’t fix. However, #6 had had a rough life, with banged up corners and chunks of wood completely missing. But his imperfections were smoothed out by his paint job and gave him unusual character. So definitely don’t pass up the beat up and neglected frames for a project like this- not only can you likely haggle for a dirt cheap price, but they add authenticity to your collage (i.e., your frames didn’t come from a big box store).

Vintage, antique ornate picture frames to be displayed as a gallery for an easy, simple, stylish wall filler by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rough life equals beautiful flaws…

Vintage, antique ornate picture frames to be displayed as a gallery for an easy, simple, stylish wall filler by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dings, shmings.

Arranging them on the wall was no easy feat- BUT I took my friends’ advice and traced each frame on newspaper, cut the tracings out, and taped (using painter’s tape!) to the wall where I wanted them hung. This allowed for subtle movement and perfecting the distance apart from each other. And the end result? Definitely eye-catching and pride-worthy.

DIY Gallery Wall using repurposed vintage and antique ornate frames, some painted in subtle metallic spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

What do you think?

So what do you think? Is a collage of empty frames in your décor future? And make sure you check out my other repurposed picture frame ideas here!

Craft on!

S

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DIY Gallery Wall using repurposed vintage and antique ornate frames, some painted in subtle metallic spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. They look great!! I’m going to definitely try to make it to FFF this year. I think I had something going on last year. I have a hard time passing up frames! Anytime I see a nice chunky wood frame or anything ornate, it comes home with me!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Kristi, you’d LOVE FFF and it’s down on your side of town. I’ve gone both years and am already looking forward to this year’s. Morning is best before all the good stuff is gone!

  2. Wow! Not only to I love the arrangement but those frames are just gorgeous! You have wonderful job on this gallery wall, well worth jumping on the bandwagon for!

  3. I have been collecting frames for a while. i started to paint mine and then ran out of paint. that project is on hold. you are right … Hardest part is the arrangement. Thanks for inspiring me to get back to it

  4. These look fantastic. The layout looks fabulous,

  5. A lovely grouping of frames! Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party. Have a great weekend! – Cheers, Christy

  6. Love love love this, what a great idea! You so inspire me! I have such a long list of things I want to do from following your blog! Love that you join Making Memories Mondays to share your creations! 🙂
    Cathy

  7. Really nice arrangement! Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Hope you have a fabulous day!

  8. Your wall of frames looks great! I just posted about my stairway gallery wall and it is definitely work to put together a gallery wall.

  9. This looks really nice! I never would have thought to use empty frames as decor. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  10. I love your crafty ideas! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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