A Gallery Wall...Before and After...

You might remember when I recently found this painting at the thrift store.  
I loved the colors and the look and it inspired me to go 
in a totally new direction with my living room re-do project. 


We have a very long wall in our living room, which stretches out over our stairway.  I always tried to center an arrangement over the sofa...and I've been unhappy with everything I've tried.  I've also been unhappy with the yellow paint and taupe wainscoting...the room always felt dark.
  
The before...


And the after...

The painting inspired me to create a gallery wall of all of the paintings I've picked up over the years.  We are loving this wall, and have more paintings to add to it, to cover the length of the rest of the wall (not in the photo).  We painted the top of the wall Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter and the wainscoting is Behr's Swiss Coffee.  The room is incredibly bright now.





As a vintage dealer, I have a collection of paintings found at thrift stores and garage sales, and a few vintage sales.








The painting below is my favorite, an oil portrait of our pug, Bailey, done several years ago by our daughter as a Christmas gift.  She is a talented artist, 
and we love having her art around the house.




We are looking forward to adding more to the wall...it is the first thing people notice now, a real focal point...and I finally LIKE the wall!

33 comments

  1. Love it Linda.
    The colors and subjects are so great against the neutral wall color.
    It all pops and is so intriguing. It pulls you in.
    Great job!
    AMy

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  2. I love your new arrangement too. It's very colorful and interesting to look at. Enjoy your newly decorated space.

    xo Danielle

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  3. You've got a wonderful mix of paintings in your gallery wall, Linda. And your daughter's painting of Bailey is a real treasure! She's a very talented artist!

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  4. It looks great, Linda. I love the mix of art you have used in your gallery wall. I think that is the great thing about gallery walls ~ they are open to using whatever you want to display whether it is pictures, artwork, monograms, whatever.

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  5. Brighter and far more interesting! Love the pug painting!

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  6. I love your gallery wall. I find them fun and it is a bit difficult to stop once you start!

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  7. Of Course my favorite painting on the gallery wall is that sweet pug Bailey
    I have 2 pug painting on my gallery wall also

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  8. Linda
    I love it! I like your collection of painting, especially your sweet Bailey.
    It's made such a difference.

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  9. Love it! Your daughter is very talented...such soulful eyes.

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  10. Gorgeous! I love what you did with the wall, Linda. I've always liked hanging lots of art in one area, in fact, I've got art all through the house. Love the pug painting. Your daughter is very talented!

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  11. That looks GREAT! I just love it - so fun and so much interesting art. Love the painting of your pug. I think I should commission one of our Cocker Spaniel! My goodies arrived today and my daughter and I had fun looking at everything. We laughed because we own that set of flashcards and still use them! Thank you! I love all of it.

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  12. Oh, I like it too! And Bailey's painting is adorable.

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  13. What a fun change - and it suits you so well! I have thrifted art, too, and I prefer it to prints. Your daughter is amazingly talented! That painting is wonderful- very, very well done.

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  14. I love the gallery wall. The new wall color is also very nice. Your daughter is an amazing artist. The painting of your pug is a real treasure. Great change in your living room! It looks very inviting.

    Hugs, Dianne

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  15. Your wall looks so nice. I love all the artwork. I thought of you when I discovered an almost empty 5 gal. bucket of Swiss Coffee in the shed in AZ. All the walls in that house are painted that color! It's a nice color too!

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  16. I love it! It looks so "collected over time" and not forced. Every painting is so unique, but they all work so well together.

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  17. love it!! looks just like the pages of the country living magazine collector's article!

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  18. Adore the transformation! And the pug painting is just precious.

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  19. So much brighter! I love the mix of prints and frames, a designer touch!
    Love it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. It looks fabulous! I love the painting your daughter did of your pug too! Like the new colors for the wall also...it makes the art work really shine.

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  21. The living room redo looks wonderful. The grouping of paintings is fun, interesting and unique. Your daughter is a talented artist, indeed.

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  22. OK... the after is sooooo much better. Art gallery comes to mind.

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  23. This is lovely....and your daughter's art is fabulous. Those eyes on your doggie look so real....Wish she could do one of my Bentley!!

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  24. Love it Linda!!! Your daughter did a wonderful job on Bailey's portrait. Portraits of animals are a bit difficult to do.Your grouping flows and looks great together. I collect vintage portraits of people I don't know:-) and hope to one day be able to create something similar on my large living room wall. Best, Vicki

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  25. It looks great, Linda! I love the inspiration picture that started this idea, but the beautiful painting of Bailey is priceless. Great idea! Ann

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  26. Wonderful transformation! The pictures are lovely! Looks like it really brightens up the room!

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  27. That is fabulous Linda! Love the portrait too, it is fantastic.

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  28. Well, I love the wall Linda! Great job. Mimi

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  29. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it! So much brighter and full of personality. Your daughter is a very talented artist!

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  30. Love the Gallery Wall!! So glad that this style of decorating is coming back!! I hate the minimalist style!! My walls are covered!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  31. I LOVE the wall :) and especially the wonderful painting your daughter did of Bailey. So cute.

    I think I told you before my daughter is a bit pug obsessed... they seem to be everywhere over here at the moment ;) I have a pug card on my desk waiting to be sent to her!

    I love seeing your home decor .....

    Karen x

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  32. I will feature your gallery wall tonight in the belated Thrifty Life Thursday at Revisionary Life!

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