boys room gallery wall makeover

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Ever since I redid my studio with the new Gallery wall collection exclusive to Michaels I have been wanting to make a start in my boys room as well. This weekend I played around in my youngest son’s bedroom creating a couple of pieces using the Gallery Wall collection  to sit on his chest drawers. At the moment he is all about Dinosaurs so I took that theme and ran with it!

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

Let’s start with a BEFORE photo. A bit of a mish mash of things that have been sitting there on his drawers for several years collection dust.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

And the AFTER photo. Simple pieces that don’t overwhelm his small room but that are coordinated with the colors  and textures of  his room.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

The hero of my makeover is my personalised  faux wood wall hanging. I used one of the new 12 x 12 chipboard palettes as my starting point then grabbed the Rust paint kit, Large foam stamps, my Minc and the new Gun Metal foil and got to work.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiiswapp

Below I step out how I created my wall hanging.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswappWall Hanging Step x Step

  1. Grab the 12 inch Faux palette and Rust paint kit.
  2. Paint the whole palette with the darker shade of paint using the sponge brush that is included in the kit. Allow to dry.
  3. Randomly spread the lighter colored paint with the stiff brush , creating cross hatching patterns and marks. Keep adding the paint till the desired rust effect is achieved.
  4. Take a wet wipe and wipe away some of the paint to further add to the rust effect.
  5. Take the gold ink pad from the kit and add highlights around the edges and in the grooves.
  6. Take your foam stamps and a lighter colored paint ( in this instance I used the grey paint from the Whitewash paint kit) and stamp on your child’s name or desired word.
  7. Find and print out on a laser printer an image of your choice. Cover with your favorite foil color and run it through the Minc.
  8. Fussy Cut around the foiled image.
  9. Adhere your image to the dried board with Marquee Love glue or modge podge. Coat the whole board with the glue as well for added protection.
  10. Cut the gold chain to length, add the clips to the top of the palette to complete.

I kept with the faux metal theme by painting his  12 inch Marquee Letter Initials with the Zinc paint kit.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

I wanted to add bit of fun to my letters so I switched out some of the clear bulbs with some colored bulbs from my stash.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

I love the effect the Zinc paint kit gives to the letters, if you didn’t know the letters were chipboard you would think they really were metal.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

Finally I created a fun printable ( that you can download below) that I printed with my Laser printer then foiled it with more of the Gun Metal foil. I backed it with some of the rust paper roll before popping it onto one of the white chipboard clipboards.

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

My son had a bit of  giggle when he read the words, he thought it was super cute!

Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall step x step by @kimjeffress for @heidiswapp

You can download the Printable dinosaurs not sheep here!

When I showed him his room today, his eyes lit up with joy. It was such a treat to know that he loved it. Now my wheels are turning for my older son’s bedroom, Oh the possibilities!

Supplies – 12 inch Pallete Board, 12 inch Marquee letters, Rust Paint Kit, Zinc Paint Kit, Rust 12 inch Roll, Gold Chain, Minc Machine, Gun Metal Foil

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