Wall of Fame

I have this big wall on the left of the hall leading into my kitchen and did not really know what to put on it. Art? Mirror? Naw, all too conventional. So I came up with a way to display our family photos. I am not a scrap-booker and I did not want to place the pictures in frames as I would have to change them out constantly. This design works well and allows me to change out pictures easily. I like to display pictures of our guests, like the time when my hubby’s brother Doug and his family visited and I doug (dug!) out pictures of them at our wedding and one of Doug water skiing as a teen, to place on the Wall of Fame. They loved seeing themselves and had forgotten about those pictures, so it brought back great memories.

My Father-in-law Bob helped me build the display. We purchased trim from Home Depot, he cut, sanded, and stained it, then with a laser leveler we hung the trim with a nail gun. Most of my photos are 4×6 inches so we placed the trim close enough that the pictures would slightly bow in order to stay put. See lower right. We placed the trim so that I could display portrait and landscape shots. We have found that if the kids whiz by the Wall of Fame a few pictures may fly loose but no big deal, they go back easily. I have received many compliments on the wall and it has been a great conversation piece. Make one for a wall you have been wondering what to do about.

Note– See the pair of feet in the upper right hand picture, and the right foot is huge. Click on it for a closer look. That is my hubby Dan’s feet and what happens when a Copperhead Snake bites. I was in Texas for a wedding when it happened. So I asked his Lt. Col. nurse anesthetist brother to call and check up on him. I’m a nurse too but he would listen to his brother better in this ordeal. After asking about Dan’s symptoms and giving much medical advice, his brother then asked, “well does the Ranger Handbook say anything else about snake bites?” To which Dan answered, “skin and fry snake before eating.” Men.


  1. Marisol
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

    That is an absolutely awesome idea to display pictures! We’re moving later this month and I think I’ll have to steal that idea for the new place. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

  2. Rindy
    Posted April 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    What a creative idea. I think I have a wall screaming for something like this. I am going to try that chicken noodle soup as well – your brother was right!
    Your inspiring! Thanks

  3. Marisol
    Posted April 4, 2008 at 12:33 PM | Permalink

    Quick question about your photo wall: How do you store and organize the pictures when they’re not on the wall? How do you find the pictures you want to display?

  4. Kate
    Posted April 4, 2008 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    This is a GREAT display. I hate photo albums, love to see pieces of art, change them periodically, swap them around … this is ideal and I’m ripping it off immediately. I also collect Artist’s Trading Carts (2×2 art) so I think a narrow chanel for those will be great as well.

  5. Robin Sue
    Posted April 4, 2008 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    Marisol- Thanks, You don’t want to know what I do with the pictures when I’m done, do you? I store all my pictures in boxes. They are in some type of order but could be better. I have a school days box, college box, new married box, Germany Box, and VA box. That is my next task!

    Rindy-I have other screaming walls too! Some day. Enjoy the soup! I wonder where I get a lot of my inspiration?

    Kate- rip away! Glad to share.

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