Girls Fancy Room Gallery Wall

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{If you missed the February series with creative contributors, click here to see thumbnails of all. {Edited to add: The Girls Fancy Room Makeover Reveal is up, check it out!}}
I am so very excited to share with you the gallery wall in my girls fancy room. I’ve got a doozy of a post for you, with a giveaway and a fun link party at the end!  But first–The Girls Fancy Room Gallery Wall:

unfinished wood frame

I’ve been planning this in my head for months, and it is quite different from what I started with, but I LOVE the final results! I used Cut it Out unfinished wood frames, which gave me the liberty to paint them however I wanted, which was important because I had very specific colors for this room.  I’ll share the entire room reveal next week, but today, we talk about the gallery wall. {Some cell phone  pics mixed in–don’t just this photographer}

For a long time I’ve been passionate about decorating with pictures, and as a portrait photographer, I’m also a huge fan of BIG prints up on the walls. When I sell prints to clients, 8×10’s and 5×7’s are categorized as “desk prints.” In other words–too small to go on the wall! Sometimes smaller prints clustered together are ok, but really, I don’t put anything smaller than a 16×20 on my wall. So when I dreamed up this wall, I thought about 5 giant 16×20 frames–and these frames are fabulously built! When my shipment arrived, there was a lot of excitement!


picture gallery wall

I had a 4 paint color scheme in my head, but I wasn’t quite sure how that would translate into 5 frames. Some things I don’t think through clearly and just go with it…and figure it out later. I decided I need to just hang the unfinished frames and look at them in the room to decide. I got a roll of art paper and traced the frames, cut ’em out, and hung ’em up to get them positioned…just so. {I was annoyingly surprised that just one strip of tape didn’t hold them still.} This extra step was important and really helped me visualize, and know exactly where to hang the frames.

trace frame with paper

My hubby is pretty awesome, but he isn’t always a fan of all of my crazy projects if it involves him. Some tasks I think only he can do well because he is more of a perfectionist than I am, so I pull him into my schemes. I told him all I wanted for Valentine’s Day was for him to hang these frames…this way, I knew he’d do it with more of a smile on his face;)

cut it out frames

See that smile?  Because the wall has lots of pink (more on that next week), I didn’t want to paint a frame pink, but started with the other 3 main colors, but wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with the center two frames. I texted about half a dozen creative friends the wall picture, and asked advice. I was going to do a polka dot and stripes in the middle, but after I got the frames up, I decided to stick with solids because of the stenciled ceiling, and other patterns in the room. I hemmed and hawed, and thought to do just silver, then decided on silver GLITTER!  I painted the base a gray primer, then spread mod podge on the frame, and dumped a bunch of glitter on top. I was quite nervous about this step. I can’t paint over it as well if I didn’t like it, and glitter can get lumpy. I was careful, patient, and slow (not generally in my vocabulary) and I am SO overjoyed with how they turned out!

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I also tried a glitter can of spray paint, but the texture was too dull for me…I wanted something vibrant! I brought the girls to the garage to see and I really did capture some joy.

diy frames

I recently took my girls to a nearby field to take some pictures to go in the frames. I worried it would be hard to narrow it down to 3, but I’m happy that the “3” seemed to jump out at me! In the picture shoot, we used the Riley Blake Designs Fabric Quilt my friend made, and my hubby constructed a tee pee with PVC pipe he has around the house.

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I just love these girls, and I love that they have so much fun together. The 4 year age gap that I originally saw as a negative, might just be a positive after all–at least for now.

Back to the frames–I was very happy that I didn’t have to cut my print for the oval frame in the center. The back is just the same as the others, and my print fit in perfectly!

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Once the frames were painted and up, I decided the space really needed a little something extra.

frames needing extra

I had 4 8×10 canvas and 2 letter initials, with plans to make a silhouette head shot, but what colors to do everything? I was definitely over thinking it, and luckily my friend/neighbor Staci helped me think it through…we drew a few little maps for ourselves for colors. My messy handwriting in the above sketch.


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I made a Silhouette canvas with my Silhouette machine, click the link for a tutorial. Letters found at Hobby Lobby. The gallery wall was all up, and I thought I’d be done, but then I realized I wasn’t (this was just yesterday). Staci pulled in the clutch and had vinyl on hand in all 4 of my colors and we made some fun little arrows to fill in some dead white space. {I made the printables and will share those later.}

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voila! I felt it was complete…though I am considering adding a few more arrows…

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Here is an up close shot of Miss Purple.

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Are  you with me that the 16×20 Cut it Out frame is pretty amazing???  At $25 per frame, it’s actually a pretty amazing deal if you ask me, but it’s still fun to win, right?!? Here are a few other shapes and sizes:

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{Edited to add: The Girls Fancy Room Makeover Reveal is up, check it out!}

Now, I’ve got a fun link party so that everyone can link up how they decorate their homes with pictures. You’ve got til March 17th if you are working on a project that you want to share! The Link Party will run for two weeks, then I will pick a handful of my favorites to feature, so help me spread the word!

Share this image below via your favorite social media (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram) to let others know about the link party, I would love a great collection and resource for all my readers with ideas!

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  1. I love Cut it Out frames! I have a 20×30 Balboa, and I plan to buy several more frames for a gallery wall once I get my kids’ spring photos done here soon! (The snow has to melt first 😉

    On the last two photos you have of Cut it Out frames, I am 99% sure that the last photo is actually The Organic Bloom frames. I believe that for two reasons; 1 is that Cut it Out does not offer those shapes, and 2 because I also have several The Organic Bloom frames so I do have those shapes. Just thought I’d let you know 🙂


    • I see all the frames Kristen used on the Cut it Out web site right here

      • The picture I am talking about has been taken down. Yes, all of Kristen’s are CIO.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Cut it Out sent me that image, so I think I’m good!

      • That’s weird they would send you a photo of frames that they don’t even offer. I’m talking about the “stock” photo of the painted frames (that has now been taken down), not the unfinished frames photo.

  2. Jessica Anderson says:

    I love the newport and balboa frames!

  3. dawn g says:

    i just ordered a picture of my kids and just the other day was looking at the balboa or the chandler-love your wall, i know my girls would love it if that was in their room!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      my girls are thrilled about the wall, which makes me very happy!

  4. The Clines says:

    I like the Chandler!

  5. I love the colors, the photos, and the frames!! Comes together perfectly fun, vibrant, and adorable!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Rachael, I’m very happy with how it all came together…there were moments of uncertainty!!

  6. Newport and Grace frames are my favs.

  7. I love the Cut it Out frames! My favorites are the Grace and Balboa styles.

  8. Courtnay says:

    I have always liked the Balboa best 🙂

  9. These frames are an awesome idea…love that you can paint them yourselves, and not soo heavy to hang on the wall. I really LOVE the oval one you used.

  10. Ann L says:

    Love those cut out frames, especially the oval one – love ovals, picked one out for wedding photos and all other frames had to match it.

  11. Mariel says:

    Love it! Great job and what a fun contest. Love the frames- especially the oval one!

  12. Christa says:

    I love the Balboa!

  13. Dezi A says:

    I love the Balboa or the Grace the best! But they all really are fabulous!

  14. Dawn Hollingsworth says:

    I love the Preston and the Grace frames 🙂

  15. MISTY WOTRING says:

    I would choose Preston.

  16. Shawna says:

    Definitely would get the Brooklyn 16×20!

  17. They are all beautiful! I love, love, love the photos and the room!

  18. Alaine says:

    I love the Balboa!

  19. I love those glitter frames! So cute! It is such a fun, girlie gallery wall!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      The glitter frames are so fun, I was SOOOO nervous to make them, but with big risks come big rewards!!

  20. Lindsay says:

    I like your gallery wall! Love that the pics and frames are big! We need the teepee tutorial! So cute! I would pick the grace frame!

  21. Amber says:

    I love that oval frame! The whole wall is amazing!! I LOVE the pictures you took so so darling!

  22. Nicole says:

    Your gallery wall is fantastic! I love the Chandler frame.
    And I love your use of glitter 🙂

  23. Heather says:

    I love them all! Grace is probably my fave. What a beatiful display of pictures.

  24. oh what FUN Kristen!! I LOVE how this turned out and I LOVE that these frames are unfinished! – my dad was a furniture builder and I SO wish he was still here to make me some frames – so I think this is the perfect answer for me!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Cheryl!! I asked my hubby a while ago (who is pretty handy with wood making) to make them and he seemed to think it would be tricky to get perfect, so I really DO love how affordable and beautiful these frames are! I agree that unfinished gives so many more great options! Thanks also for the other reply comment above and the link…;)

  25. Jenne says:

    Love the chandelier. Where did you find it?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks Jenne! I’ll talk more about the rest of the room next week, but it’s just a cast off chandelier from my friend that I spray painted!

  26. avry says:

    I love the chandler one. 🙂

  27. Rachael F says:

    Love the colors and the pictures, so cute!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you so much, Rachael!!

  28. Michelle says:

    I love the balboa frame. OMG I love all these frames.

  29. I love the Balboa! And I just love these room make overs that you are doing. So fun and so rewarding, every time you walk into the room!! (I am IN LOVE with the sparkly frames!)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      EJ! THank you, friend! I am having fun with the room makeovers, I have 2 other rooms that are 80% done and giving myself deadlines to wrap them up! The sparkly frames were a worry, but they turned out ok, and I’m so happy!

  30. McStamper says:

    the Brooklyn looks great. Love your blog and your ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, McStamper, I’m so happy to hear that you love what I share!!

  31. I liked all of them all but I would pick the Chandler first.

  32. Carol says:

    I would LOVE the Chandler frame. I have a new little grandson and it would be really special to be able to frame a picture of him and hang it up.

  33. Katie says:

    The Balboa.

  34. carol says:

    I think I would pick the “Balboa” frame!

  35. Allison T. says:

    I can’t wait to see the rest of the reveal!! My favorite is the Brooklyn style 😉

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thanks for your excitement, Allison! I’ve very excited to share the rest….a few projects to finish up today!!

  36. Susan M says:

    I think I am going to be ordering a few of thes, starting with the chandler shapes

  37. The Balboa is definitely my favorite but they are all fantastic and I love that they are 100% customizable!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I also love that they are so versatile to customize!

  38. Adventureknitter says:

    I adsolutely love this wall! I wish I had a decorating talent. I find it hard to decorate our home because we’re in the foreign service and we move every few years. Right now we live in Kenya and we have cement walls…totally fun to hang stuff on. We didn’t paint our house either… But I love what you’ve done and the totally cute photos of your girls together. In determined this summer when we’re back in the states to get amazing, fun family photos.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you so much, “adventure knitter”!! It really can be challenging to decorate a space, but I find if I pick just ONE thing that I love with colors, I plan around it. This wall was definitely a challenge for me, but SO happy with how it turned out! Kenya sounds fun–my parents are moving to Ghana this summer, and I hope to visit (never been to Africa). Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. shared a post last month about decorting with cinder block walls, check it out in my decorating with portraits archives! (it was around feb. 15th or so)

  39. Alesa Larsen says:

    I love the newport design. I love the big sizes you used. Love it for my girls room.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Alesa, I LOVE BIG!!!

  40. misti says:

    I like the 16×20 curvy one

  41. Julie S says:

    CUTE! I like them all, but really like the Chandler!

  42. Raylene Brown says:

    I would like the one your kindness quote is in.

  43. Kris T says:

    So Cute! My goddaugther would love these.

  44. Rebecca Brewer says:

    Love the oval Grace frame.

  45. Christina says:

    I love the oval! Great job on the room!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you so much, Christina!

  46. Lacey says:

    Very very cool! With 3 girls of my own they would be drooling over something like this in their rooms! So fun! Awesome giveaway too! Even if I don’t win- these frames are on my list!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Lacey!! I am in love with these frames, and think anyone can customize them how they like!

  47. Michelle Salajcik says:

    I love the Balboa frames.

  48. Jenn Thompson says:

    I love what you did with the frames! I’m lucky because the Cut it Out guy is local here (Idaho Falls) and he did a huge order for us for a Super Saturday for so cheap! I just wish I had ordered more!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Jenn!! That is nice that you are so close–no shipping for you! I’ve heard they are good to accomodate group orders for a discount;)

  49. Katherine says:

    I’d choose the Balboa 11×14 frame!

  50. Melinda T says:

    I’m loving the Chandler frame!

  51. Angela says:

    I have the Newport and love it. I want to get the Brooklyn next.

  52. Diane says:

    Grafton or Newport. I can’t decide!!! Love them all!

  53. Diane says:

    They are all fantastic. Probably the Newport!!

  54. Angelina says:

    What fun frames! I love the Balboa the best.

  55. Jenni says:

    Love the Newport frame. Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. Lisa says:

    Would love to win the frame! SUCH a CUTE idea!

  57. Torrie says:

    I love the Grace oval, and the Newport bracket.

  58. Nicole W says:

    I like the Balboa frame!!

  59. Kim S says:

    I don’t think I could stop with one, but I think I’d get the Newport first. Love these!!

  60. Michaela says:

    Sooo hard to pick! Maybe the Newport

  61. Carrie says:

    Love the Balboa.

  62. Julie C. says:

    They are all so cute, I would take any one of them!

  63. Leire says:

    Beautiful Kristen!!! You were brave with the variety of colors but it looks really nice. I am eager to find out the complete room look!

    Those frames are so beautiful…I met them through you previously.

  64. Candace Fuller says:

    The Grace Oval is my absolute favorite!!

  65. My favorite design is the Preston!

  66. Jenny says:


  67. I love the Balboa style.

  68. I was just looking at frames with fun shapes like this at Hobby Lobby today but they were $70. I would love the Balboa for a large print from my wedding!

  69. I like the chandler..and love all the fun colors you used!

  70. Selina Willson says:

    I love them all but Balboa is my Fav!

  71. Amanda says:

    How fun Kristen! I love the way it turned out!

  72. Sarah says:

    I love the newport.

  73. Dawn L says:

    16×20 Chandler is on my wish list!

  74. Sarah C. says:

    I like the balboa 🙂

  75. Jackie G says:

    I like the Balboa. Such cute frames.

  76. ashleyg says:

    I love the Preston and grace frames!

  77. Rene says:

    I like the Brooklyn and Chandler. Would love to get a few!

  78. I love the Chandler one and the Balboa!

  79. Love the Chandler and Balboa frames!

  80. Leslie M. says:

    Probably the Balboa. Beautiful frames!

  81. Karyn says:

    I love so many of these frames…they are all just gorgeous! I’d probably choose the Newport or Brooklyn though!

  82. I love how the glitter you added makes them sparkle. Very nice job, Kristen!

  83. I just saw that I was supposed to choose a favorite frame. I like the Grace Oval best.

  84. Kelly says:

    Honestly, any frame would do 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. andrea hall says:

    Love the frames

  86. Missy M says:

    I love the Brooklyn style best

  87. Jennifer says:

    Love the Newport!

  88. Jen M says:

    Perfect timing! Getting ready to do my own gallery wall as we speak!

  89. Caitlin says:

    LOVE the Balboa. such gorgeous frames!

  90. Stacey B says:

    My favorite is the Balboa

  91. Toni says:

    I like the Chandler or the Grace frame. 🙂

  92. I love the balboa style.

  93. I would choose the chandler, I just buy it anyway! 😉

  94. Aimee says:

    I love all of the frames but I think the Balboa is my favorite!

  95. Kim N. says:

    I’m stuck between the Preston and the Chandler!

  96. Lindsey says:

    Love the Balboa frame!

  97. Ella says:

    I love the Chandlier! Super cute 🙂

  98. Jennifer says:


  99. Brittany says:

    I am tied between the Chandler and the Preston styles!

  100. Sarah says:

    I love the brooklyn!

  101. Megan J says:

    I am really digging this idea! I like the idea of the vinyl to fill in the white space too! great job!

    • Megan J says:

      I like the Preston Style frame!

  102. Patty says:

    Love Cut It Out frames! Can’t wait to order the Balboa!

  103. Chelsie Moss says:

    Love all of them but the Newport frame is my favorite!!

  104. Frankie says:

    i would love these for my two girls. they will soon be sharing a room!!!!

  105. Schyla says:

    I love Cut it Out frames! I have several already and would love to win another! My favorite is the Preston.

  106. I’d choose Grace (oval)

  107. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!!

  108. K says:

    Love!, 16×20

  109. Melissa says:

    I want these frames for my girl’s room. Her walls are so bare because I haven’t found the perfect ideas. This is perfect!

  110. What gorgeous pictures and what a cute way to display them!

  111. Ruthie says:

    Kristen… how adorable! AND your little girls are so sweet… Pinned. Thanks for coming to (link) party with me at Super Saturday Show & Tell 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

  112. Stacy says:

    How did you do the Quotes that are in the frames? Did you print them or use vinyl with your silloutte? I’m thinking of doing something kind of like this for my baby’s nursery… Thanks!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      THat reminds me! I actually made the printable and planned to share it on the site, but forgot! Watch for it in a future post;)


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