Displaying PhotographsPosted by in Collecting | Crafts | Home and Decorating | Organizing
We take tons and tons of photos on vacation. In the past five or six years, I have concentrated on trying to get a really good photo of the four us in whatever fantastic location we are at. We have photos of us eating shave ice in Hawaii, at the rim of the Grand Canyon, in front of a castle in England, in the Colosseum, in front of a glacier in Alaska and lots more. I pick a really good photo from each trip and frame it. However, my shelves and tabletops quickly became cluttered.
For a long time I’ve wanted to do a staircase display of photos and finally I realized that if I gathered all of these photos together from around the house, they made a rather grand collection. Fortunately, the frames they were in worked together. We had an empty wall along part of our staircase, so we got to work.
First we photocopied the photos in the frames and cut them to size. We were then able to tape these up on the wall and move them around to find the perfect arrangement. Then we had to do the hard part – remove the stands from the backs of the photos, so they would lie flat on the wall. That was a commitment because now they can only be displayed on a wall.
Next, we decided to make our lives easy and we used the new 3M removable velcro attachments for wall hangings. One piece goes on the frame and one goes on the wall and they velcro together. The sticky stuff comes off if you pull on a tab, without damaging the wall at all. Miraculous. It also allows for those “oops” moments when you need to correct a mistake.
I am hoping to be able to add to this collection of photos, so being able to remove them and rearrange if I add new photos really helps.
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Looks great. Good thing all those frames were complimentary.
Most things around here tend to sort of be in the same style and color families, so it worked out. Although I always like the look of those pics in mags of stairway photos that are all in identical frames, I think it would make me crazy. Too much uniformity.
Looks great! We used to display photos the same way, along the staircase, but ot quite as methodically as you. Good tips for the next time I need to do it – we took them all down when we painted and never put them back up.
I love the look of an eclectic collection of photos, with varying frame sizes and looks. I also love that idea about the velcro…because so often I want to change up something and it would be nice to do that without a bunch of holes in the wall (which we have!!).
We have them too and they make me nuts. We don’t have the paint for some of the rooms to do touch-ups so I am stuck with the holes! I’m hanging everything this way from now on.
We just put up a bunch of pictures in our family room and decided on a staggered look.