Friday, November 18, 2011

Pallet Shelf gallery wall {teen boy bedroom}

I just love gallery walls. I think I have one in every room of my house! This is the one in my teen son's bedroom. The one with the Rustic headboard and Farmhouse desk.



I started with the USA license plate canvas that was purchased at Target for around $30.


The pallet bookshelves were built using the Ana White Pallet shelf plan.  The shelves literally only took a few minutes.  I went to get my kids from the bus stop and when I came back a few minutes later my husband had them finished!  I also read Donna's post on choosing pallets to help me choose safe pallets.  My pallets had a heat treated stamp and I made sure to scrub them down before building anything out of them.  Then I did the same vinegar and steel mix to the pallets as I did the the headboard and desk.


The giant stick was a special one he carved at Scout camp as was the rabbit fur. The  feather he collected (hung with a tiny command strip), a scorpion my husband brought home from Afghanistan and a horseshoe he got from his Grandparents. Hang up stuff that your kids like and have some sort of meaning to them.


All the pictures are his favorites. I really tried to hang the stuff I knew HE would want his friends to see. Not the pictures I thought were super adorable. I want his room to be positive and encouraging for him.


Gallery wall tips:
1. Start with one big thing.
2. Don't be afraid to hang non-traditional objects.
3. Hang things with meaning, a story or a memory.
4. If it's your kids room choose photos that make them proud of themselves
5. Just go for it! I sometimes hang my gallery wall before there are even photos for the frames!