How to “Gallery-ize”
Your House | DIY

When we moved into our house, the entrance and the paneled walls leading upstairs were a dull cream colour. We wanted brightness, contrast and a way to make our home more of a “gallery of us.” Here’s what we did…

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Firstly, we painted the paneled walls with Dulux Light and Space Absolute White. It took a few coats, but as you can see below, the effect was immediate; everything felt brighter, whiter and cleaner.

We wanted our home to be more of a “gallery of us.”

We then painted the stair banister with Dulux Satin Wood Black, and the stair spindles with Dulux Satin Wood Brilliant White. This had the effect of contrasting the banister against the gleaming white – almost leading the eye and creating a frame for…

The final touch: We printed out some of my photography in large format prints (50cmx50cm) from Photobox.co.uk and bought large square black RIBBA frames from IKEA.

And you see the results; the photography really pops against the gleaming walls, and the whole entrance and second floor feel really bright. Now our house feels like a gallery of us, and in total the transformation cost £312 and two days of our DIY time with in-law support. Here was the breakdown:

  • Paint: 10 Liters of Dulux Light and Space Absolute White, 2.5L Dulux Satin Wood Black and 2.5L Dulux Satin Wood Brilliant White, plus brushes and rollers: subtotal £80.
  • Frames: RIBBA from IKEA, 50x50x4.5cm (19.7×19.7″) 8 frames @ £9 each, subtotal £72.
  • Photo printing: 8 prints @ 76.2cmx50.8cm (30″x20″) @ £20 each, subtotal £160.

We also went a step further, changing lamp shades and carpet, and now it really feels more like us.

Here is the transformation in order of before, during and after:

Entrance (Before, during, after)

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Stairs to the top floor (Before, during, after)

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Top of stairs / landing (Before, during, after)

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Gallery House

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