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I am about to share with you the best wall decor project I have ever done!!! I am crazy in love with how this turned out. The best part is it was also the quickest and easiest project I have ever done.
It’s official…I have started decorating the kitchenette area in the basement, sans kitchenette. I am taking it easy, starting with a magnetic photo wall and a snack bar! We now have a fun spot to leave each other notes and grab a snack.
Our walls are filled with DIY art and professionally taken family photos, but I am on a new mission to get more candid shots and our own photography up on our walls. So, I jumped at the chance to review some products from Pinhole Press. I was so excited, I built a whole DIY project around one of their products.
I fell hard and fast for the photo wall decals. Although, they market them as classy, remove-able wedding and rental decor, and smartly so, I saw a lot of potential in them around the house. I mean what’s not to love about your photos in a giant peel and stick version?!
You may recall this set of 7 pineapple trays I found at Savers for $4. They were just a few coats of yellow spray paint away from awesome. Ever since finding them, I knew they would someday become wall decor. What, you don’t day-dream about hanging a bunch of large metal trays on your wall?!
Over the years we have taken some amazing photography at our favorite spots throughout Minneapolis. It is truly a shame these pictures were trapped inside our computer all this time. I picked a few of our old favorites and a few recent photos from the Basilica Block Party and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
I was blown away when the decals from Pinhole Press arrived. The print quality is amazing! The decals have a smooth satiny finish. I was perhaps even more blown away by our photographs. We have never had anything we’ve taken printed so big. Seeing our photographs in 11×17 size was a joyfully tearful experience. We took these photos with a mix of DSLR cameras and half of them with my iPhone 5. Props to the iPhone 5 camera, because you cannot tell the difference.
Photos in print are amazing. I vow to print more of our favorites to use throughout the house! Digital is great, but nothing compares to holding your photographs in your hands.
The size of the trays and the size of the photo decals was a match made in heaven to bring my vision to life. Finding my new favorite color of yellow spray paint, Sun Yellow, by Rustoleum, was the cherry on top. Metal trays + spray paint + photo decals + magnets = one amazingly awesome wall of magnetic photo boards!!
Here’s the step by step:
1. Lightly sand any rough spots on the trays. Mine had a few rough spots I smoothed out with 150-grit sandpaper.
2. Coat the entire tray with two light coats of spray primer. I wanted to make sure none of the original pineapple design showed through.
3. Spray the back edges of the tray with two thin coats of yellow. The backs of my trays were white, so I skipped the primer on the backs. Painting the back edge is important though, because you can see it from the side when the trays are hung on the wall.
4. Spray the edges around the front of the tray yellow. I did 4-5 thin, even coats. I wanted good coverage and a nice smooth finish.
5. Before cutting my photo decals to fit, I arranged the trays and photos on the floor. I played around a bit until I came up with a photo arrangement I liked.
6. Make a template for the inside flat part of the tray. I used a large piece of graph paper and while holding it in place gently pushed it into the edges with my finger making a crease where the edge of the tray meets the sides. Push very carefully at the corners and allow the paper to fold as needed to make the curve.
- Start by peeling back a few inches of the backing and creasing it flat.
- Flip the decal over and position it inside the tray. Gently press the first few inches in place.
- Slowly peel the paper backing from the decal, while smoothing the decal in place. If you have a helper, one person should peel the backing, while the other smooths and presses the decal onto the tray.
9. Use command photo hanging strips to hang the trays on the wall. Then, marvel for a ridiculously long time at how amazing your new photo trays look!
Photos: The Basilica of Saint Mary, Spoonbridge and Cherry at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Gold Medal Floor building and the Mill City Mueseum, reflection of the Foshay Tower in a nearby building taken from the roof of the Foshay, Guthrie Theater, Stone Arch Bridge, our boys strolling hand-in-hand under the arbor at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Our boys love leaving little notes to us and to each other. I want this to be a spot in the house where we can exchange little notes to each other and where guests can leave notes, too.
On the bottom right tray, I applied a smaller photo decal to one half of the tray. I spray painted a cheap magnetic pencil holder from the back to school section gold and filled it with pencils. I added a magnetic notepad from Pinhole Press with a picture of the boys at the top. I added some plain magnets, also spray painted gold, for posting notes all over the other trays.
It is kind of like a command center, but a really fun command center. No schedules and permission slips here. This command center is all about fun little notes. This arrangement is will surely be a conversation piece and conversation starter in our home!
Our basement family room is right around the corner. I love that we can just run over here anytime to grab a quick snack or leave a fun note for someone to find later.
Below the new photo trays, I added a DIY bar cart stocked with our favorite treats and a dispenser for water. I will share more details on the fun bar cart next week!
Disclosure: Pinhole Press provided me with the photo decals and magnetic notepad for this project. The project idea and all opinions about the photo products are my own.
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