Black & White Photo Gallery

I celebrated my birthday this weekend with my spectacular husband and family. I had no idea that my birthday present was going to inspire a black & white gallery wall. Brian gives the most thoughtful gifts, but he’s too excited to give them. I could only handle two days of, “You’re going to love your birthday gift,” before I couldn’t take it anymore. I needed to know what it was. So he went upstairs, got the gift, made me close my eyes, and when I opened them I saw……

black and white dog photo

This is my absolute favorite picture of Duke and Duchess. Brian had it hand drawn by an artist! It’s gorgeous and even more beautiful in person. Here’s the original photo.

pitbull dogs - duke and duchess - the diy doghouse

I was so inspired by the classic black and white shades of the picture I knew I needed to give it a prominent place in our home. I decided to do a black and white photo gallery, which I nick-named “The Dog Wall”.

My rules for the wall were simple. 1. All pictures must be black and white. 2. At least one dog must be present in each picture. That’s it!

I started by scrolling through my albums and editing photos using my iPhone to change the image to black and white. Once I chose the pictures I printed at a Rite-Aid. I ordered 11 photos in different sizes. The total cost was $18.

Aside from the idea of having 12 pictures of our 3 dogs (of course Lady was included!) on the wall, the most exciting part of the project was the assortment of frames! My mom had a few old frames that were in a box in the attic. For the remaining frames, I went to Goodwill and picked out some extremely tired frames that needed a sexy new look! 6 frames cost $10 at Goodwill.

picture frames from goodwill

I removed the glass and the backs from all of the frames in order to spray paint them. I did this in our basement because it was raining outside and I was too impatient to wait until it stopped. Our house smelled like paint for a few hours. So I’m probably not going to do that again. Most likely.

I went over the frames with two healthy coats of black spray paint. I could not contain myself while I was waiting for these to dry. I waited a full 24 hours before touching the frames to avoid having finger prints on the wood. But it was tough keeping my hands to myself!

Once they were completely dry, I put the glass back in and added the pictures!

Here’s the wall the pictures went on before they were up. My little helper wanted to be in the picture. I’m not kidding. She posed as soon as I took my phone out.

how to spray paint picture frames - wall for pictures

Gallery walls can be tricky, especially when you have 12 different frames.  I recommend How to Hang Stuff, Like a Girl. I’m very visual and I need to plan out how the wall is going to look and make adjustments.

Here’s the finished look!

black and white photo gallery

It’s tough getting a picture of this wall because it’s in a hallway, but I crawled inside the coat closet across from the frames so you could see how it looks up close!

black and white photo gallery

We love our dogs! And we hope you like our Black & White Photo Gallery DIY!

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