Photo Montage…in it’s new look!

Simple changes can do wonders to your decor… after days of contemplating I, finally, decided to pick up my brush and the leftover paint to complete the project. Ever since I finished this project in its earlier version i.e. ‘My Hall of Fame’ Photo Montage, I had this nagging feeling that I wanted something else but then I decided to let it be for a few months before I did what I really had in mind… and that’s exactly what I did today…re-do the look! With a few strokes of my brush I managed to change the look of our living area, it looks much light and breezy now. Presenting my Photo Montage…in it’s new look!

I think it looks less crowded now… what say? Here is how it looked before the new look…To see this transition do check out my earlier post ‘here’

Here is how I did this simple update… I measured and marked the space that I wanted to mask off. Used the masking tape (to keep it equidistant keep measuring) to mask the area to be painted. You can create any design using a masking tape squares, triangles, panels, lines, chevron, diamonds etc.

I wanted alternating panels (vertical) of the ‘leafy’ design and the plain space. Iapplied the first coat of paint… allowed drying time of about half an hour… here was my coffee break before the second coat 🙂 In all, I applied four coats of paint. One strategic mistake that I made in my zeal to start and complete this project; I forgot to sand the area where I had to paint. I realized it only after the first coat… I should have known that I am applying light on dark colour hence the sanding was an integral part to mask off the existing dark colour. That’s the reason for four coats… otherwise two coats would have been sufficient. But all’s well that ends well! 🙂

After the fourth coat it seemed fine (only I know where the flaws are!). Now came the fun part… removing the masking tape!

Here is the work in progress, with pictures to compare…


The finished look once again…this is exactly what I had in mind in the first place:-) It took me three hours to complete this project, which includes the drying time between the coats.  So, what do you say? Which one looks better? The old look or the new look?


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My ‘Hall of Fame’ Photo Montage

I love to take a lot of pictures with my cell phone and digi cam. And what do I do with the photos? Mostly these photos stay in soft copy FOREVER or they stay stored on my slave drive! My hubby keeps chiding me… not for taking pictures but for not doing anything with them. With the invasion of digi cams and cell phone cameras it has become easy to take innumerable pics but tough to actually organise photographs into traditional albums or develop hard copies. I guess the hardest part about photography is actually printing the photos that you click. After loads of chiding, and moral lectures, I made a resolution this year… And NO, I haven’t broken it as yet! My resolution- develop 10 photos a month, which, actually, is not much. Armed with my new resolution, a couple of  months ago, I decided to create a photo montage on one of my living room walls; I call it my ‘Hall of Fame’ wall (I know…I have this weird habit of naming just about every corner of my home!) not every photo gets a place here…only the special ones! It’s a photo montage of candid moments of our adventures and of other great memories. Here is a BEFORE and AFTER picture of my DIY!

I took the measurement of the area to be used for the photo montage and bought two strips of wooden beading/ crown molding to frame the area; it didn’t cost me much… 80 rupees (INR) per strip!  I procured re-usable photo frames in different sizes, all in similar frames for my DIY project. Having nailed the wooden beading, I painted the inside space in yellow ochre acrylic emulsion (matte finish).

Now comes the toughest part…thinking of a suitable photo layout. I tried out a few layouts on the floor and settled for this one.

I used a patterned roller to create the leafy effect below the lower beading strip (I guess I got too adventurous! I am not very happy with the leafy effect…I am going to repaint it soon).

Creating a montage of photos can be a daunting task, especially when you are a Libran! I can never make up my mind… I end up tossing a coin! The toughest part is to figure out where to begin, how to balance out the photo frames and their layout. I have somehow managed to put up my photo montage but only I know of the horror story behind the layout and the number of holes behind every photo on this wall! I find driving nails into the walls the toughest, especially when the walls are of solid concrete.Here is my 2 pm @ night DIY weekend project! My neighbours must have cursed me that night!

UPDATE: As of now this Photo Montage has been given yet another makeover! Do take a look at the Photo Montage in its New Look, and let me know which one looks… or looked better!

Before I decided my photo layout I did some research on what’s trending, on the internet. Here are some pictures that inspired me for my display. Sharing with all…You may like them to plan yours! Happy Nailing the Walls!

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