After some work putting this all together, I’m ready to reveal my vintage historic gallery walls and art.
I’ve been painting, climbing ladders and putting all the finishing touches to reveal my new vintage historic gallery walls and art. My vision has become reality.
As you enter my front door this is what you see.
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The large white mantle and my gallery wall on my staircase are the first things you see. The mantle was a project from several years ago that I painted with white chalk paint. It was an old worn out mantle that was at an antique store. They were asking $40. I brought it home and gave it new life. You can go to my other post where I painted a chair with chalk paint. You can see a tutorial for that here. At the end of that post I have several pictures of other pieces of furniture I painted with chalk paint.
The Victorian Lady print is placed in an old frame. I used a command hook to hang the frame on the chalk board. There are times I use this chalk board for seasonal sayings. This mantle has been fun to put around the house for decorating. On top I put a DIY floral swag with white roses, white tulips and eucalyptus. I tied a lace burlap ribbon at the bottom and made a bow.
In this photo you can see the mantle…
in all it’s glory. Isn’t it beautiful? I love it. It’s sitting on a rustic console. It was the show, Fixer Upper, that started my craze for all things Farmhouse. This console is from that time period. Lately, I’ve been embracing the true part of me that loves the old Victorian 1900’s era.
On the stairway wall I have some large vintage art. The theme for this gallery wall is equestrian. The huge tin clock ticks in the background. It’s a nice sound to hear through out the day. The art on the left is of a gentleman sitting on his horse. On the right is a Colonial period equestrian print. Both frames came from Goodwill. The one on the right was a bright gold color. I took some black chalk paint and lightly painted the gold frame. Using a paper towel I rubbed off any excess to give it an old vintage look. I think it turned out beautifully. And yes, I see that my frames aren’t perfectly aligned and one is crooked in this photo.
Here’s a different view of my stairway gallery wall.
Four of the frames were purchased from Goodwill. I put my old barn wall art below the banister to give it some interest in that area. I bought it from Hobby Lobby.
Close up of wall art.
Here’s a close up of the Colonial Equestrian print. You can see the frame up close. I ordered digital prints from Etsy and went online and ordered the large posters from Vistaprint. They were delivered rolled up in a tube which was nice. I’m super happy with how it turned out.
I share in a previous post the tremendous thrift finds from Goodwill. You can read about the frames here. In that post I show how to paint frames with chalk paint. I mentioned I would share this photo, of the frame below. hung up. Here it is. It’s my favorite out of all the frames. As you can see the details up close. The wood is perfectly stained dark mahogany. The corner decals are exquisite. I love it!
Great room wall gallery.
On this wall, in my great room, I put together a vintage historic gallery wall. The inspiration for this wall was the center photo. The 1800’s portrait of a Victorian lady in her Chiffon gown with a green sash is stunning.
In my research I learned that on the walls of old vintage homes were portraits of ladies and gentlemen, landscapes of the ocean, mountains and the farm life. The frames were sometimes gothic gold. Like the gorgeous oil paintings in the castle from the Downton Abby series. The similarities to the landscape prints I’m displaying here are like the ones in that beautiful Downton Abby. How amazing is that? The landscape prints are here.
Mailbox and dinner bell on my gallery wall.
The black iron, rustic vintage vibe of the mailbox and dinner bell seemed to fit perfectly with the dark colors in my oil painting prints. I’ve seen on Pinterest how you can incorporate a variety of 3D items. I think they add unexpected interest to my gallery wall. The floral print in the silver frame can be found here.
Floral oil painting art.
Peaking at the top of the photo below you can see one of the floral oil painting prints. You can find that print here. I just noticed I have it hung sideways. It is unnoticeable.
Portrait oil paintings.
I love these portrait oil painting prints. My favorite is the gentleman with red hair. My husband’s hair is red which makes me partial. It’s uncanny the resemblance. The light in this room wasn’t conducive to give them justice. You can see my ornery cat, Willow, laying on the back of my couch. She’s a gorgeous Maine Coon that we bought in a parking lot. We love her to pieces! She’s not cuddly by any means. With some love and care we’ve worked with her to the point she lets us pick her up and pet her. She will let you know she’s had enough. It’s quite alarming to get a warning bite. Now you know an inside story about our family cat, Willow.
Here is an up close photo of them. You can see the details of the oil painting. I printed these 16×20 portraits at Vistaprint. The poster prints are good quality and affordable. Keep an eye out for sales. The prints sized 11×14 or under were printed at FedEx Office. I paid .49 cents to $1.00 each. Now that’s a deal! You can get online with FedEx Office to order copies of the digital prints from Etsy. You pay in advance and pick up. Super easy.
Amazon wood frames.
These prints are displayed in these frames from Amazon. I know, they are on the spendy side. This is what prompted me to go to Goodwill. Below is an up close photo of the red headed gentleman. Reminds me of the gentle sweet eyes of my husband. I’m in love with my man.