The Project That Took My Breath Away, and THE Cutest, Budget-Friendly Picture Frames

When we moved into our house 11 years ago, we removed quite a few walls. Then last summer, we decided to take down one more. It’s awesome, and never for one second have we EVER regretted it – in fact, it’s just the opposite…but there is one – and ONLY one – negative thing about having walls come down: less places to hang stuff up…particularly photos!

I LOVE photos. And my husband is a photographer. (That’s pretty convenient, huh?)…and we have three pretty cute kids (totally unbiased, of course;) ). Just not enough walls to display their sweet faces!

Until I had an idea for our main hallway.

We used to have the Dollar Tree Mirror Art there:

mirror art

Until I took some from there for my new family room:

mirror art

This now blank, empty wall provided the perfect opportunity to hang some of my favorite photos of my favorite little people!

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I looked around a few stores for frames I liked. They were all at least $15-$20 – which is great for a frame for an 8×10 photo – but when you multiply it by six, it adds up quick! So you can imagine my shock when I spotted the loveliest frames at Walmart for under $8?!!

thrifty frames

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for and I didn’t even know it. Don’t you just love it when that happens? They have a driftwood look finish. A little plastic-y in touch, but seriously, you cannot tell. I love love love them! kid photo gallery wall

And I love that they didn’t break the bank to pick up six of them!

The finish of these frames really picks up my DIY Shiplap Frame and the side table in the dining room – it’s like it was meant to be.

The other wall (facing this) is my big arched window with a DIY cotton wreath on it. So I knew doing multiple photos would be the perfect compliment – it’s not too much going on in the hall.

diy coat rack nook

hallway

I’m thinking about adding three more frames, what do you think?

This project really gave me all the feels. It took me by surprise, really. I mean, obviously I knew what it would look like – I’m the one who selected the photos, ordered them, picked them up from the store, put them in the frames, and hung them on the wall. But when I stepped back to look at the finished product…it really hit me.

I chose an older photo for each child on the top row, and a current one below. When I saw their current big kid selves paired up with their  younger versions…it took my breath away. First of all, because I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by – seriously, those top row photos were taken like 5 minutes ago. I swear.

And secondly, because they are just such amazing gifts. That God chose us to be their parents…it’s incredible, really. To see the time lapse – and see their personalities shining in each photograph – the very same ones they had as little ones, only now even more emphasized in the amazing big kids they’ve become. THIS is why I love photos! They tell such a story.

Those sweet faces.

Goodness. I’ll start crying, I better wrap this up….;)

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I’m so glad I spotted these perfect, budget-friendly frames at Walmart so I could make this wall happen. It makes me smile every time I walk by.

I have a feeling it just might be my favorite wall forever. 😉

 

 

Comments

  1. I LOVE the idea of pairing the younger and current pictures like this. So brilliant. And heart-stabbing. Oh how quickly the time goes.

  2. Can you please provide a link for these great frames?

  3. ltrueper@gmail.com says:

    You are blessed to have an amazing husband/photographer! Love the pictures then & now.

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