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Decorating with Pictures at Sarah Dorsey Designs

I’m happy to introduce Sarah, I love her style, and her designs are simply gorgeous! Make sure you check out her etsy shop and her blog, you will love what she has to offer. Her wall gallery below is fabulous–enjoy!

Hi there Capturing Joy friends! I’m Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs where I share my DIY adventures to make a rental feel more like our home. I’m so excited that Kristen asked me to be a part of such a fun series!

My husband, puppy and I moved into our place about a year ago. When I first saw this wall, it was just screaming to be a gallery wall! After collecting frames from various places, we decided paint them with a subtle ombre from white to dark gray. I love how it unifies the different frames, but adds a little visual interest.

We recently had family photos taken by the talented David Pascolla, so this was the perfect place to hang them!

To start, we used a combination of frames from my stash, and slightly damaged frames on clearance at our local craft store. After lightly sanding them, we laid them out on brown kraft paper (the height and width of the wall) and sprayed the frames with primer.

We picked up a sample of BM Amherst Gray and also a sample of white to make a few lighter shades.

Then starting with the lightest shade at the top, we used our airbrush to make a gradual transition to the darkest shade at the bottom.

Once dry, we finished with a few light coats of water based polyurethane for extra protection.

Spraying on the kraft paper was perfect because the frame outlines were already there. We just made a mark for the nail placement, attached the paper to the wall with painters tape, hammered the nails and then took down the paper. So much easier than measuring each individual frame!

Taking photos with our puppy Annabelle was challenging because she is SO active, but we got a few great ones!

I also like mixing prints in to break up the photos.

And I love this shot of Annabelle jumping, it really captures her happy spirit!

Thanks so much for having me today! It’s been a blast sharing one of our latest projects! I hope you’ll stop by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs to say hi, I’d love to hear from you :)

If you’d like to see more of my DIY projects or Home Tour, click here or here

You can also find me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instragram @sarahmdorseydesigns, and my Etsy shop

{Come back at 2pm Central time for a double feature today!! To see thumbnail pictures of all of this month’s contributors, click here.}

Kristen Duke

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  1. I LOVE this ombre wall. Such a unique idea, it’s beautiful!

  2. Love your photography and Sarah’s airbrushed frames. A beautiful combination.

  3. I love the ombre paint on the frames for the wall. I would never have thought of it, and I love it!