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Gallery walls are one of my favorite design accents, and I think they’re great in almost any space. But, I’m not gonna lie – they can be really expensive! If you assume the average decorative picture frame costs somewhere between $10 and $50+, you can easily spend several hundred dollars on a single accent wall! I wanted to create a grid style gallery wall which gives the space more of a structured look, so I estimated the cost to be approximately $180 before tax and photo costs. That just wasn’t going to cut it around here – especially with two little ones running around.
I can tell you’re asking yourself how I came up with such a fun black and white gallery wall without breaking the bank. Well … it all started when I was wandering around IKEA a few weeks ago. Shocker. We passed the mirror section – which I usually ignore – and I spotted these $2 mirrors in frames. The shape and size were just right for my wall! There were a few different color options, but black and white is my jam right now, so I went for the crisp white frame.
When I got the frames home, I selected a few of my favorite Instagram photos, and printed them in black and white on regular printer paper. After I cut the photos out, I used mod podge to coat the mirror and secure the pictures in place. Then each photo got a layer of mod podge over top to seal it. That’s it! I think the whole project literally took me 5 minutes to finish.
This gallery wall adds a touch of fun and personality to the hallway, and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. It doesn’t hurt that I spent less than $20 on the whole thing!