April 29, 2013

Photo Gallery Wall Under the Stairs { House Tour }

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Hi guys! I’m so excited to share this new gallery wall with you today! This is the latest project I’ve been working on. I love how this spot turned out! If you’re wondering about where I got anything you see in these photos, I will put everything I can remember in the Source List down at the bottom of this post! :)

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Here’s how it looked before. Just an empty wall!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

And here’s how it looks now!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

If you follow me on Pinterest, I drew inspiration from these pins (here and here) on my House & Home and Foyers & Entryways boards for this space.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Here’s a view of the wall looking into the foyer.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Another view looking into the foyer

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

You guys, I am so, so excited to tell you about one of my favorite features of this makeover! So this return air grille has always bothered me. I mean, yeah, it’s an unattractive metal grate, but if you have air conditioning, you have to have one, right? It comes with the territory. Normally this wouldn’t even be a blip on my radar, but this one is just right out in the open. I was always kind of bummed at the location of it. We have a very open floor plan, and this is one of the main walls. It’s open to the foyer, living room, and dining room. It definitely sticks out.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

I stumbled upon this wooden return air grille, and my jaw literally dropped! I had no idea they even made something like this!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Before.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

After. I was so excited when it got here. It looked even better than I could’ve imagined! It was super easy to order. The size of your filter = the size of the grille you should order. And the size is conveniently printed right on the filter in big bold numbers. I didn’t even have to take the metal grate off, I could see right through it to see the size. DONE! :) The new wooden grille comes primed (white) and ready to paint, so you can easily paint it to perfectly match your trim color. If your trim is white, you may not have to paint at all! Yay!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

What I love most is that not only is it prettier, but it’s also much, much more functional. First of all, it’s SO much easier to remove than the metal grate for when you have to replace the filter. This one just snaps right in and out. It’s also so much easier to clean! Just one quick swipe all the way across each slat with a Swiffer or dusting cloth, compared to the four tiny columns that are impossible to fit any sort of dusting cloth in between the miniature slats, lol!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

I wouldn’t do this for every return air grille in our house — we have two more, both out of the way in hallways — just because they are a little bit more expensive. But I would definitely do this a thousand times over for any return air grille that is out in the open like this one was. It completely dresses this space up. I love it. I can’t even imagine this wall without it.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Okay, moving on! :) Let’s take a closer look at a few other features of the new downstairs gallery wall. :) I really liked the idea of a storage ottoman underneath the console table. It could serve as extra storage for throw blankets or board games, it could be pulled out for an extra seat if we had a bunch of people over, or the lid can be flipped over and turned into a tray for drinks. Multifunctional! And I loved the burnt sienna / saddle color. It perfectly matches the trim of one of the suitcases in the foyer. So warm!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

I couldn’t resist this collection of oversized wooden skeleton keys, and I looked everywhere for the perfect basket to hold them. I loved this vintage egg crate I found on Etsy!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

This is another one of my favorite pieces. :)

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

It’s a vintage folding Polaroid Land Camera Model 150. I’m in love with it. The worn, leather hand strap. The textured, leathery body. The crinkled bellows. The shiny, crystal clear lens. I swoon.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Clock is from Target. :)

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Another view of the table.

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Here’s how the black and white prints I showed you last week turned out. I got them printed at Costco on Lustre paper, and I am thrilled the quality. It was so nice to be able to upload them to Costco from my computer and pick them up in the store an hour later!

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

Thanks so much for looking! If you’re wondering about anything in these photos, I’ll put everything I know in the source list below. Let me know if I left something out! :)

Turn that blank wall under the stairs into a photo gallery wall!

{ Source List }

Paint Color — Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe
Collage Frames — Pier 1
Clock — Target
Vintage Polaroid Camera — Etsy
Pillar Holders and Candles — Pottery Barn
Wooden B Monogram — Old New Again on Etsy
Console Table — Pottery Barn
Storage Ottoman — Amazon
Set of 3 oversized wooden skeleton keys — Home Decorators Collection
Large white oversized wooden skeleton key — Target
Vintage metal egg crate — Etsy
Throw blanket — Target
Wood Return Air Grille — Van Dyke’s Restorers



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43 Comments





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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 29, 2013 at 3:41 am

Amanda you have gorgeous taste and I want to move into your house!!! Seriously, every detail is just so perfectly orchestrated and your eye is so good and you can be my interior designer any day! I love the keys and that old camera!

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Nika@Vintage Paper Designs April 29, 2013 at 4:14 am

Looks fantastic! Love how everything goes with everything else!

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Lori Peuterbaugh April 29, 2013 at 5:03 am

Love this!! So inviting..,,

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Southern Gal April 29, 2013 at 5:32 am

The grill cover was the first thing I noticed. I love it! I have a huge grill like that in our living room. I have a chair placed strategically over it to somewhat block the view, but this looks fabulous.

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Ter April 29, 2013 at 5:50 am

Very nice, love everything. The camera caught my eye since I collect them. That really changed the area looks homey. Love the suitcases by the door.
Thanks for sharing-

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 29, 2013 at 6:25 am

I love it all but yeah…jaw dropped on the air return cover. Ours is up in the ceiling, I wonder if we could use that or not. You can bet I’m gonna try to find out!

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leslie April 29, 2013 at 6:36 am

Oh my…I never knew they had fancy air return covers!!! AMAZING! And thanks for listing the paint color! I LOVE IT!

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Debi April 29, 2013 at 6:47 am

What a beautiful job you are doing decorating that new house of yours…. keep the pictures coming. Love love love it all… Thanks for sharing….

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Lisa April 29, 2013 at 7:07 am

Looks great. You could also paint the grille the same color as the wall up until the point where the trim starts almond the rest of the wall- leave that bottom part the trim color. Then it will totally disappear!

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Kate@Framed Cooks April 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

Your house is just plain gorgeous! Love the collage frame – you have my head spinning with all kinds of ideas! :)

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Becca April 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

Amazing Amanda! I love the collection of pictures – they turned out gorgeous! Do you have any suggestions for printing photos besides costco? I am not a member but looking to do a photo/gallery wall of pictures in the next few months.

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Niki April 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

Wonderful solutions! I have same situation under my stairs but don’t have room for a table. I’ve tried hanging many different pictures but so far haven’t been happy with them. The space BELOW them just throws everything off. :-( You’ve chosen some great decor elements!

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Meredith April 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

I’m usually not a fan of collage walls but yours looks great. And I LOVE the wooden air return cover. I need to get one of those for my ugly metal air return in my family room!

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Barb April 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

Love it all- great job! I especially love the new grate on the wall! What a difference! Thanks for sharing all the sources, too! Love the paint color!

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Tara @ Unsophisticook April 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

That wooden air grille is brilliant! I’m totally ordering a couple for our living and dining rooms. I’ve always hated the cheap metal ones that are on there now — such an eyesore!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks April 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

Cuuuuuute, cute, cute!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl April 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

Love! What a neat discovery to replace the vent. I’m really enjoying watching your decorating skills at work first-hand. Nice job on this one!

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Julia April 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

I don’t usually comment on blogs, but I need to thank you SO MUCH for the grate idea!! We need to replace ours (it’s silver metal and ugly) and the wood one is PERFECT.

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carrian April 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

Pretty! I have so much to do to catch up with you!!!!

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Cookbook Queen April 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

Will you come decorate my house for me???

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Elizabeth rhyneer April 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

Love the grill cover, great find. The space is very attractive.

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Brianna April 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

Love the vintage camera!

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Dalia April 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

I love it Amanda and the new air grille, is fabulous. Thank you for sharing these with us. I can’t wait to see the rest of the home as you go along your changes. What is that wall color? I am loving it.

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Katy April 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

I love how you blend old with new. Fabulous. I would love to know the wall color!

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Thesha April 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

Oh my gosh! I love it! I think I am going to have to steal some of your ideas for my mantel. I love what you have done with your air exchange too.

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Pam April 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Super cute. It all looks wonderful. I don’t have air grills that big. Your new one looks 1000 times better. Good call. Well worth the money on that one!

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sandy April 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I have followed you for I think 7 years since we moved from Boston to North Carolina, first for a scrapbooking question I had for you, and now I just turn to you for anything. You never cease to amaze me. And the awful dreadful ugly grate for cold air return, you are an angel for solving that problem, I am going there right now. I can barely contain myself. Thank you for such a huge problem solved.
PS the table and contents look awesome too

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Jen @ de Jong Dream House April 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

You did such a fabulous job! I love how the frames are all together like one great piece of art! I love gallery walls. You’ve inspired me up to update the one under our stairs: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/08/little-great-room-gallery.html

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ashley - baker by nature April 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

After seeing all your adorable outfits this past weekend, it’s not shock you’re also an amazing decorator ;) Also… can I move in?! I love your style, lady! xx

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective April 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Love your new space! Everything looks so organized and clean! :)

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Karen April 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Now I wish our air return vents were not on our ceilings! Beautiful entry!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Beautiful! The wooden vent looks so much better. What a great idea.

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Elizabeth April 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

Very pretty! It’s amazing how the little details such as changing a metal grate can make a huge difference!

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Angela April 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

I’ve been following your blog for a while now and just wanted to say I always love your posts, your style, your food ideas, your photography and everything else too! I love the air conditioner cover too – so classy. Your pantry overhaul was to die for too! Anyhow, just wanted to write out what I always think when I look at your site. BTW – I’m from the US but have been living in Zimbabwe & South Africa since 2006 so you have a definitely “African” follower! :) All the best…

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Lori April 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

Looks great!
Interesting about the vent having a filter behind it. I didn’t know anything about that, so I got a flashlight and looked in our air returns…no filters. We do have a filter on the furnace/AC unit in the basement so I guess that is how its done. Does your house have a basement? If so is that where your furnace/AC unit is?

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Carla @ Carlas Confections April 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

So beautiful Amanda! You definitely need to come decorate my place ;)

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Christina April 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Love it!!! It’s absolutely beautiful!!

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I love your changes and additions – it all looks so inviting! Thanks for sharing!

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Jessica - The Novice Chef May 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

This is awesome and makes it look so much better! I don’t have one of these vents in my main part of the house, however my Granny does and I can’t wait to show her how we can fancy it up!

P.S. I’m so jealous of all your fun out in Cali! I feel like I was really there at all those bakeries with you and Jenny! ;-)

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TidyMom May 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I LOVE how this turned out Amanda!!

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Rachael Hubbard May 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm

War Eagle!! Your house is so cute! I love how everything came together!

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Shaina May 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It turned out SO NICE. I love the crate, the camera, the keys. I especially love how the photos with the low clock turned out. Love, love, love it!

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Sonja March 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

Love your gallery wall!! I would have tried painting the grill and trim around it the same color as the wall to help camouflage it even more. Thanks so much for all the inspiration your blog gives, Amanda!

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