19 October 2012

Genealogy Gallery Wall

My husband and I painted our living areas this summer a rich, warm, chocolate brown. Upon completion, my eyes rested on the hallway wall to the bedrooms. It was the perfect place for a gallery wall. The average person would have looked for art prints to display. Not me, I decided to hang family pictures.

With a little help from Pinterest, a project was born! I went through my family pictures and decided which ones I wanted to hang. I wanted to show the Leyndyke and Glover sides of the family. I narrowed the final selections down to 29 photographs, one marriage certificate and one FAMILY letters hanging.

Here is the end result.

I ordered prints to frame from Walgreens. Then, I took advantage of a Michael's sale and bought a few frames. I spent days rearranging the pictures on top of two six foot tables. Once I was happy with the arrangement I turned them upside down, placed wax paper on top of them, and marked where the nail needed to go.  Kirk nailed the wax paper to the wall, leveled it, and pounded the nails in for me. He tore off the wax paper and hung the pictures. The wax paper was a great way to keep everything in order. I only made a couple of mistakes, a couple of pictures had to be moved up and one nail was in the wrong position. 

I am very happy with the final project.  I like the daily reminder of my ancestors.  It helps me to remember that I have a lot to be thankful for.  Here are the Glover family pictures on the wall.

 David and Katherine Watt Family
 Grandma Bell aka Sarah Lilla Watt Glover Bell
 Harry Glover
 Bruce Glover, my dad
 Valentine Graf
 Otto and Daisy (Graf) Fredrick
 Susanna Fredrich, Fredrick Family Farm, J. August and Louise (Zastrow) Fredrick
 Frank H. and Hattie (Fenn) Glover
 Hattie Fenn
 Frank H. Glover
My Dad and I
 Bruce and Audrey (Fredrick) Glover, Kirk and I, James and Elizabeth (Corcoran) Leyndyke
 My Family L-R  Alayna, Travis, Kirk, Chase, Me, Kirsten
 Kirsten and Chase Agnello-Dean
FAMILY-it is what it is all about!
Wondering what Leyndyke pictures I chose, check out my other blog, Journey to His Past for pictures.
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  1. Looks great, Brenda! I just did a similar project, maybe I should blog about it....

  2. You should blog about it, Tina, I would love to see it.

  3. Your wall is beautiful, Brenda. I love the brown and think the photos and frames you chose are perfect. That brown wall would be perfect for someone with little ones at home, too.

  4. It was so much fun looking at the photos (some I recognized), and then going to Kirk's family. Very nicely done Brenda.

  5. Nancy, thank you for the compliment.

    Barbara, thanks, I am glad you liked it.