Personal Art Gallery

Hopefully you had a chance to vote in the first round of Crafting with the Stars. The competition was tough! Did you see all of those amazing projects??? The project I submitted was the Personal Art Gallery.
I took this super huge frame from a broken mirror as the starting point for this project and gave it a nice new coat of flat black. I added a big ole piece of sheet metal, also paint with flat black. I just used the prongs already on the frame from the mirror to secure the metal and backing.
Next I tackled this pile of thrift store and dollar store picture frames. Most of them were missing their backings and glass. They were a motley crew, but look at that potential! They got a coat of what? What else, Heirloom White of course!
Now giving them a new coat of paint is all well in good but I needed to take these frames to the next level. I needed to bring out all of that great detail. Enter the Ralph Lauren glaze!
I just dab it on with a paint brush, making sure to get into all the little details. Then I took an old t-shirt and rubbed all of the excess glaze off. You can play with it at this point, if you take too much off you can always just add more glaze.
I added magnets, lots of magnets in some cases, with the super awesome Gorilla Glue Epoxy! That stuff is amazing stuff, this is my first time using it and I’m super impressed! Haven’t met a Gorilla Glue I didn’t like! I picked up some replacement glass at Home Depot and Michael’s for the frames and I got a little creative with the missing backings; using cardboard where needed.
Once all the magnets were dry and the frames were put together it was time for the pictures! I love pictures and surrounding our home with images of our loved ones.
I decided to do a quote in one of the frames, I choose a frame that I was having trouble finding replacement glass for. Two birds, one stone. I love the quote; Enjoy the Journey! With this military life we lead we are always headed somewhere but it’s important for us to remember to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and put them on black cardstock. I wanted to have a stand out frame so I painted this frame silver and added some of the glaze.
I love all of the details in the frames and the way the glazing turned out!

Here’s a shot of some of the magnets and my makeshift frame backing. Using the sheet metal and the frames with magnets makes changing out the pictures super easy! The configuration can be changed, frames can be added or subtracted, and the orientation of the frames can be changed. It’s completely versatile! And guess what? Only two holes in the wall for all of this picture goodness!!!

One last look! I am really in love with it! We’re hanging it in our hallway so we can enjoy our very own personal art gallery!!!

I made it through the first round of Crafting with the Stars and I’m so excited!!! I can’t wait to complete my second project and see where it takes us!

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  1. I love this project! I voted for it and didnt even know it was yours…You did a GREAT job…The detail on the frames is just amazing!

  2. you got my vote! I love what you did with the frames. Beautiful display. Blessings, Vicky

  3. Congrats on making it through!!

  4. I LOVE your project, I can never find such beautiful frames at my thrift stores around here, what a great and fantastic find. Love the additional glaze to make the details stand out!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. YEAH! I’m SO glad you made it to the next round!!!

  6. I voted for this! I LOVE all the different frames and I think this is a genius idea! There is nothing I hate more than hanging up a million pictures!

  7. LOVE this idea!!!

  8. Genius using the sheet metal and magnets! This is beautiful.

  9. this is so cute! I love it.

  10. Great idea, it looks so beautiful:-)

  11. Beautiful! Love Ralph Lauren Glaze. Congrats on making it through the next round!


  12. Very clever idea!! Congrats on making it to the next round. 🙂

  13. I love this! It looks so beautiful and I feel like it’s totally doable! Well done…and congrats 😉

  14. I love how yo painted your frames. They look so sharp and expensive. Good Luck!

  15. Love the glaze and the way all those details show up. Great project. I didn’t realize the size of that black frame until it was sitting next to the door. It was huge. I’m sure it will look great in your hallway.

  16. This project turned out great! I did something similar with a wall in my office. (Also linked up to Tatertots and Jello today! Love your blog.

    Warmly, Michelle

  17. I’d love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays

  18. How cute! The glaze gave it a look that I looove.

    Elisabeth @ Treasuring the

  19. That is really neat.

  20. This turned out great! I can’t wait to see what you made this week for Crafting with the Stars!

    Hannah @

  21. So pretty!!! What a great idea too, framing the frames. Love it!

  22. Came from DIY Showoff, love it! Looks so cute!

  23. Cute idea! 🙂 You did such an amazing job. I love the frames.

  24. This is GREAT!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  25. Thank you for sharing such a fab project, well done on getting through!

  26. This is SUPER fabulous! I Love it! And will probably be copying it! Fabulous job!

  27. HI! I’m hosting a link up this week — It’s a Keeper Thursdays! I hope you can come over and link up!

    It’s a Keeper

  28. This is so pretty! what a fabulous idea. I love the finish you used too!

  29. This is a wonderful idea…I have done something similiar on my fridge… Love the antiquing!

  30. You Have been featured on CraftOManiac, thanks a bunch winks- jen

  31. What an awesome idea!! Love it alot:) Congrats on being featured:) Happy Sabbath..

  32. Featuring your beautiful gallery today! This is such a great idea…love it!

  33. LOVE this! I really love that you can move the frames around! Genius!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  34. love this idea and your talent! gorgeous

  35. You know I love this project.


  36. Such a great idea and I love the frames! Great job! 🙂


  37. Love this project!! and I also love the quote!! I’m a new military wife, so its a great quote for me, I’m going to put it up somewhere in our house!!
    Thanks! I’m a follower now!

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