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An Australian based lifestyle blog by Alexandria Mavis. A perfectly curated space the combines her love of home decor, style, design, DIY, and entertaining.

GALLERY WALL ON THE FLOOR // STYLING FOR A RENTAL

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GALLERY WALL ON THE FLOOR // STYLING FOR A RENTAL // FROM GOLD BLOG

This simple rental styling idea ( see inspiration here ), a way to incorporate artwork and colour into your space without leaving hole in all the walls or when you can’t paint them. However this project ended up being much more complicated then a couple holes! Don't we all love reading blog posts where the seemingly 'perfect" blogger shares something real that we can relate too - well this my friends is such a post. 

GALLERY WALL ON THE FLOOR // STYLING FOR A RENTAL // FROM GOLD BLOG

I was originally going to buy white frame from IKEA but then had a thought, "why don't I just buy second hand and paint them white, I mean it'll save me money and they will all have a different styles and textures”, that's where it all began folks. After spending 30min digging around at the thrift store (and a few slivers later) I had my 4 frames. I tried my hand a bargaining with the checkout lady who lead me to believe I was paying less then she charged me and as I walked out with my new (to me) frames I realized I had only saved about $7! Well, $7 is better then nothing I thought to myself, until I realised that is what I spent on spray paint to paint them all white! 

Upon deciding to just move on with it and change my perspective to at least I will have my gallery wall in the end I got to work painting the frames. One hour later I was still cleaning off the cobwebs from the frames, sanding the corners, cleaning the glass and hadn't even begun to paint. Then, three coats later my frames were still that greyish, blue colour and I just gave up that they wouldn’t be crisp white. Are you still with me? - Don’t worry nearly there.

GALLERY WALL ON THE FLOOR // STYLING FOR A RENTAL // FROM GOLD BLOG

The frames has dried and I was on my last and largest frame which face down on the floor as I was putting the print inside thinking to myself "good ridden’s” I finally finished when, IT HAPPENED…. I stood up to get the backing, lost my balance and stepped right on top of the frame!!! Hundreds of little pieces of glass went everywhere (several into my foot as well)! Some tear’s and a couple choice words later I grabbed the vacuum and spent the remainder of my evening cleaning up all the glass - never to make a floor gallery wall again.  I share this because in hind sight it’s funny but also because it’s a reminder that things aren’t always as they seem especially in today’s world with blogs and social media - we're constantly in a state of comparison and sometime we need to realise none of us are perfect, sometimes we just need to laugh at ourselves and sometimes we just bloody well need to just spend the extra $7 and get new frames at IKEA! Phew! 

xx 

 Alexandria