When I painted my gameroom/scrapbook area (photos in my scrapbook room post) I decided to carry the chocolate color into my stairwell. In the process I had to take down ALL the photos I had put up over the years. I wanted to create a gallery wall for our family photos. However, I couldn’t put the variety of miss-matched metallic frames against this rich color. Paint is truly a God send, because you can fix, change or improve anything with a little paint. Frames are probably the easiest to paint. I prefer to use acrylic craft paint instead of spray painting. Acrylic is more forgiving and it’s easily cleaned up. Truth be told I tend to collect paint and picture frames. DO NOT pass up a good picture frame at a garage sale or clearance… if it’s ornate or well made but not the color you want, paint will fix it.
I use Command Strips for hanging my pictures. It’s much easier to line up photos than with nails. Word of advice…wait at least 48 hours (a week is better) before using Command Strips on freshly painted walls or they will not stick completely. Trust me, I found out the hard way (several times, before I figured out the problem). As of this post I AM working on a revision to this display because I found a more versatile option on Pinterest. I will be able to have more pictures up and change them out more easily, but it requires a little woodworking (update coming in the near future).
Pay no attention to the empty frames (my 2 year old always says “Uh-oh, where’s the pictures?” I left them strategically empty so I can put pictures of our youngest next to the oldest when they are at the same age.