The Gallery Wall is Finished!

 It’s Finished!!!
The Downstairs Gallery Wall (and all the trim and paint that goes along with it).
This is the basement before we moved in. I don’t have any pictures of the actually gallery wall side, but this is the wall directly across from it. So, originally wood paneling, old-school flooring…you get the idea.
For a year and a half, we made this side of our basement “the Garage” (since we don’t have a real garage). It was blocked off by the TV, chairs, work benches, ect… and all the tools, saws, and MESS was in it! I could barely stand it, but I agreed to it in order to get more help from the hubby.
Then came the time to take it all down, Christmas Eve was going to be at our place this year, and I insisted that we rid the basement seating area of all our SAWS!
So I cleared, and cleaned and stuffed, placed all the tools in other areas, and ….I began making the Gallery Wall.
Here is the gallery in it’s begining stage.
……and here it is finished!
Since I already have other picture walls in my Master Bedroom, and in my upstairs hallway, I tired to include more memorabilia and not as many pictures in this gallery.
There were three drawings that I included that my gallery that were drawn by my great-great grandpa! They are dated 1908.
The kid’s and I made some wall art. You can see all the details on that HERE.
and these cute engraved baby spoons that were my husband’s. You can read about the recovered matting and displaying family heirlooms HERE.
I was able to book a local artist to draw this awesome family picture. (he is a 6yr old named Joel, and he happens to live here). You can read all about that HERE.
Of course, we painted the wall and had to add the faux trim and molding. You can read about how to put faux trim on paneling HERE.
 Yea! It’s finished! Now on to some bookcases I have to finish up for the next basement wall!


  1. Looks lovely! I like the color on the walls and the black frames really pop!

  2. Does Joel hire out? LOL – looks great! Panelling…..I shuddered a bit reading that.

  3. That picture by Joel is ADORABLE! I <3 it


  4. Stunning! It looks amazing! I love those handprints and the cute 6yr. old artist drawing!-adorable! This wall is a great focal point and full of love!

  5. What a fabulous gallery wall! It seems even more personal with the drawings and hand prints. Too cute.

  6. That looks so awesome!! You are making such huge transformations to your home and it all is just gorgeous! 🙂

  7. Katie, It looks amazing! I love it! I especially love the family drawing! So funny though, I posted about my gallery-in-the-works today too! Great minds think alike, my dear! Hope you’re well!
    Lauren D.

  8. I just love that family drawing!! So perfect!

  9. Katie, That turned out beautifully! You did a wonderful job. I love the art work from your g-g-grampa and the hands on kids’ art. What a sweet wall you have there…and not a saw in sight!;>) xo Diana

  10. Really sweet wall. Your grandfather’s pieces are beautiful but I have to say that the family portrait is pretty awesome!

  11. Your grandfather’s drawings are wonderful, but I’m madly in love with your son’s drawing and the scale of it! Might have to steal this idea in some way! Love the way it all pulls together!

  12. The giant home grown art in the middle is fantastic! Your grandfather’s art is also a special treasure. Job well done!

  13. Love the giant drawing by Joel!! So cute! Is it framed or canvased, I can’t quite tell from the pics? I love gallery walls and want to do one but I am alittle chicken…. 🙂

    • Hi Jackie!, it was a just piece of famed plywood that I picked up from the Goodwill. Someone else had already made it a painting, I just painted over it. There is a link on this post that will connect you to the process with before and afters, if you’ld like.
      The nice thing about gallery walls now days, is that I really feel like they have become a free-for-all. Meaning that people (even in the magazines) put anything and everything up (unmatched pictures and frames), without evenly spacing them. In other wards, you can’t go wrong! Also, I often take down pieces of gallery walls and switch them out until it’s just what I want. I say go for it!

  14. Your gallery wall is beautiful! I absolutely love how you displayed that fork and spoon! Thanks for the inspiration.


  15. Fantastic! I particularly like the commissioned piece by Joel. I just might have someone here that could do similar custom work….hehehe…

  16. Wow! Your gallery wall looks great! Nice job! I would love for you to stop by and link it up to my Creative Inspirations Linky Party happening NOW! I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  17. Looks great!! I love walking by a picture wall the memories are wonderful, as our kids just grow so fast!

  18. I love the family picture. And the memorabilia really makes this gallery wall special.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  19. This is great! =) Glad that local artist was available 😉
    Much Love,

  20. It looks terrific!

  21. What fun! The black and white theme is great: classy and relaxed all at the same time.

  22. Just clicked to follow your blog via Linky – loving that tool! 🙂

  23. Love it!

  24. I love your wall!!! I would love for you to link it up at my party going on now! Hope to see you there!


  25. Amazing – lovely to see it all come together!

  26. Beautiful! Love the pale blue paneling! It all looks amazing!


  27. It looks great and I love your painted panel walls!

  28. You wall gallery looks wonderful, Katie! One can tell you put a lot of thought into your selections and made it personal. The art by your grandfather and children are real treasures! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday! I always enjoy and appreciate your posts!

  29. That is one wonderful and gorgeous gallery wall!!!

    Found you on TT & J and I would love for you to come by my party and link this up or any other projects you have!

    Best of Luck!
    Angie from ALI

  30. I love how you painted the paneling white … really opens up the basement. I also love your gallery wall…what a great place to kick back and relax!

  31. Looking fabulous in the basement!! LOVE the big artwork from your “local artist”! lol

  32. Coming over from Show and Tell. Looks great! I love how you painted the paneling too.

  33. Beautiful wall. I’m not sure if the drawing on whiteboard is my favorite, or if it’s the handprints…

  34. Super cute!! I am going to have to get in contact with your local artist 😉

  35. Awesome! I wanna book Joel for my family portrait :))) Visiting from Tutus and Tea Parties (my link is

  36. Wow! It looks amazing! I love how each piece has some sort of meaning to you- the drawings, spoons, all of it is incredible! You did a great job! Thanks so much for sharing at Homemaker in Heels! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  37. So sweet. Love, love this wall.

  38. Just came over from Sugar and spice Blog Hop. Been wanting to do one of these gallery walls for quite some time.

  39. that looks awesome!

  40. What a wonderful and personal space! I am impressed.

  41. You did a wonderful job. I’m now linky following you back, would appreciate if you could do the same.

  42. It’s beautiful! I LOVE the memorabilia….makes it so personal.

  43. What a great project! I particularly love that big central drawing of your family. If you would, consider sharing with my readers at


  44. This is so pretty. I would like to invite you to enter my Giveaway. I am celebrating my blog’s third birthday and would love to see you there.

  45. What a fantastic gallery wall! I’ve been thinking of doing something like this down my hallway (which is also knotty pine paneling BTW). Thanks for sharing!

  46. I love the Gallery wall, I am attempting to do one in our master bedroom, I keep looking for inspiration, you have given me some! thanks.

  47. What a great idea! I love all the little details. Megan

  48. Love the memorabilia! Great wall!

  49. It looks like Joel is quite talented lol. I love that idea! My daughter is quite the artist so that would be so much fun for her to do… I might have to try that out!

    The drawings from 1908 are also a fantastic addition! I love being able to incorporate family history into family present, and think you have done so beautifully! 🙂

    great job!

  50. Looks great! I love all the personal elements and that the kids got to make stuff too! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!

  51. Oh my heavens! I LOVE this! It’s great how you included more than just family pictures! We’d love for you to link this up at our party!

  52. I LOVE that it is more memorabilia than just a gallery wall! I am in awe of you talent! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  53. Hi, Katie

    I love the wall gallery. It’s just lovely and all the different elements you added are perfect.


  54. This looks so awesome!! You did a wonderful job putting all things pieces together.

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop. I’m pinning this!

  55. Hey! Found you on Coastal Charm tonight…or rather this morning! It is 2:45am in my neck of the woods. Isn’t that the best time to blog hop and dream on Pinterest?? Anyway, this idea is now pinned on my gallery wall board on Pinterest!! Thanks a million!

  56. What a perfect gallery wall. Love, love the family drawing!

  57. The wall looks so cute! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

  58. I love this gallery wall! So beautiful! Thanks for linking this up to Cutesy Monday!


  59. This is simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it our Uncommonly Yours link party! Can’t wait to see what you are up to next week!

    Take care,


  60. Great work! Full of such unique and special pieces! Thanks so much for linking this at Drab to Fab last week!
    This week’s party is live, so come on over again with more of your great stuff! (old or new)

    Have a great weekend!


  61. I love gallery walls – so personal and your collection is fabulous!

  62. Great gallery wall! And I loved how you turned that wood paneling into nice planked walls – it’s amazing what paint can do!

  63. LOVE the whiteboard and the pictures around it Katie! Looks fabulous! 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be sharing this in the near future! 🙂 Your stuff is so great!

  64. So unique! I love that you broke it up with the white board in the middle and used some elements rather than pictures. What precious memories you have on that wall. I love it!

    Have a lovely week!

  65. I just noticed you were featured at Under the Table and Dreaming! Congratulations on the feature, friend! It was well deserved- I mean who can beat that family “portrait”?!
    xo Becca

    • I love it too. Although I usually am crazy unsentimental and don’t hold on to anything, so what happens when I start having cute kid art work in my decor….how could I ever paint over that?? and….it’s huge. I guess I’ll just have to find a place for it….forever. lol There’s still lots of white space around the picture to work with for the next place.


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