Last night I was at Michaels. I always check out the clearance tables, and last night they had some black picture frames that were a little bit dinged up. One was a 5x7 and one was an 8x12, and I got both of them for $3. Well, I was super excited because they were exactly what I needed to finish the photo gallery that I have been working on in my living room. I say finished, but it will probably always be a work-in-progress, because I will continually be updating and switching out the pictures and tweaking it. I have already re-arranged the layout several time, but came up with something that I am happy with for right now.
The ledge shelves were built from Ana White's plans found here. They cost about $10 each to make, and were easy. As you can see below, they consist of 3 boards screwed together. We bought the boards already the length that we wanted, so there wasn't even any cuts involved. Jared and I built them together in about 45 minutes or so, and then I painted them black.
I didn't intend for most of the pictures to be black and white, but since my photography skills are seriously lacking, most pictures that I take of my girls look better that way. I like the look of it though, and it fits well with the subway art that I talked about designing here.
It definitely draws your attention when you walk in my front door. I am happy with the way things turned out, and I like how easy it is to switch things around.