Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Simplest Trick to Hang a Gallery Wall

Krista is here again today with her latest project — an easy and simple trick to hang a gallery wall of frames. Using this simple hack (with something you probably already have around the house), she was able to hang an entire large gallery wall of 47 frames in just TWO HOURS with zero holes in the wall!

How To Quickly And Easily Hang A Huge Gallery Wall Of Frames @remodelaholic

How to Plan and Hang a Gallery Wall of Framed Photos

When I built my home nearly four years ago I knew I wanted to do a gallery wall in my entry. Along the course of construction the size of that wall changed dramatically! The ceiling was supposed to be nine feet, but when the trusses came they were designed to match the second floor ceiling height. Taking my wall and almost doubling it! To say I was intimidated is an understatement.

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This wall is no joke! 16 feet long and 13 feet tall! This needed to be a massive gallery wall. My two biggest issues?

  1. Layout
  2. Photo selection

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Planning a Gallery Wall & Choosing Frames

To address the layout I used Google Sketchup to play with balance and arrangement of photo sizes. (You could use any image editing/drawing program, or even graph paper!)

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This was the original plan. I didn’t want perfect symmetry, but I wanted over all balance. I started with the center photo, and built around from there. Ambitious right?

Having a plan with the sizes of photos gave me direction for photo selection. Selecting the photos was probably the most enjoyable part of this project! Who doesn’t love looking at pictures of their babies? To be fair I made sure I had equal amounts of photos for each child. I didn’t want the kids to count (because you know they will!) and find that there were more photos of their siblings. That would be a great topic for a therapist someday!

In order for the wall to not be overwhelming I chose to print all the photos, with the exception of the largest center photo, in black and white.

Then I gathered all the frames I already owned, maybe begged a few from my mom, and purchased the rest.

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What a delightful hodgepodge of frames! Trust me, I don’t plan on hanging them all in their various hues!

Enter spray paint! I laid them out in the garage placing smaller frames inside larger frames to utilize the over-spray. That helped use the paint more effectively.

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Next I cleaned all of the glass, and placed all of the photos in the frames. I set the frames out on my living room floor according to the layout I created, and adjusted the locations of the photos to account for the differing frame sizes.

A Simple Trick to Hang a Gallery Wall with LOTS of Frames

Now to the scary part! Hanging a gallery wall with 47 pictures! I made a very simple guide that really sped up the process.

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I grabbed a scrap piece of 1×3, measured and marked the center. Then I marked one inch increments along both sides from the center.

The second time saver is of course Command Picture Hanging Strips! (and this is not sponsored, just a product we Remodelaholics love!) I recommend removing the support stands from the backs so that the frames sit flat against the wall, and that you pay attention to the weight limits on the Command Strips you are using.

I only used one strip on the majority of the frames I hung, so depending on the size of your frames, you’ll likely want a variety of small, medium, and large picture hanging strips. I placed them centered along the top of the frame, but be sure to follow the directions on the package based on your frame size and layout.

At this point I am sure  you have measured your wall a million times, I know I did! I wanted the colored photo to be the main attraction of the gallery wall so I placed it a little above eye level on the wall.

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First I marked the center of the wall.

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Then I marked where the bottom of the frame would be (5′). I also made a small mark on the bottom of the frame to help align the frame to the markings on the wall.

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I lined up the frame, and with the assistance of my lovely daughter holding the level, I placed the first photo. This step is extremely important! Make sure it is level because the rest of the frames’ placements will be based off of this first frame! Press and hold the frame in place as directed on the package of picture hanging strips.

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Next line up your guide with the center of the first frame.

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Then with Command Strips in place, align the photo below so that it is centered, and press into place.

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Continue around the first frame. I lightly marked the middle of the side of the frame on the wall (since the frame was slightly bigger than my scrap wood piece).


I placed the guide on my mark on the wall, and use the markings on the guide to space the two smaller frames equally from the center.

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Then I used the guide to verify the spacing. Repeat for the other side.

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Just a side note. You’ll notice that the bottom frame is larger than the top. I used the guide to place the bottom frame first. Then placed the guide to center the smaller frame above the lower frame.

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I wanted the negative space around the center frame to be equal around the entire frame. So I placed the guide between the two frames on the wall already. If you have worked with lumber you know a 1×3 is really 3/4″ x 2 1/2″. That means the space between the frames is actually 2 1/2″. I lined up the guide so it was midway between two guide marks, and then placed the new frame right on the line 2 1/2″ from the already placed frame.  I placed another frame to the right, and repeated the placement above the center frame.

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I then placed the remaining frames on the right side, and then the left in stages to make sure I maintained balance.

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Here I added 2 11×14 frames

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Then 4 8x10s above and below those frames.

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Next I placed 1 8×10 and 2 5x7s in the upper corners

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I decided to keep the center of these “pinwheel” 5x7s equal even though the frames are different widths, and placed a 11×14 above each.

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Keep adding photos as your wall allows! Mine just kept going!

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Here is the gallery wall in all it’s glory! With the guide board this project took about 2 hours to complete, and that includes attaching the Command Strips to the frames. In the end it was more symmetrical than I planned, but I love how it turned out! I just stand in my entry now and remember all of my babies!

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My entry is so much more inviting now! Surprisingly the wall seems much smaller now, which is a relief!

Be sure to pin this to save it for later and share with your friends!

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? How did you plan and hang your gallery of frames? 

Read more about gallery wall decor here:

tips for creating a modern balanced gallery wall

rainbow Instagram collage style frameless gallery wallPrint At Home Rainbow Collage @Remodelaholic

40+ free printables for gallery walls40+ Free Printables for Gallery Walls | #free #printables #art

create a kids’ art gallery wall

ideas for decorating with  gallery wall around a TV

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

10+ Great Options for DIY Kitchen Countertops

When Justin and I first started our adventures as DIY homeowners, it didn’t seem like there were that many options for countertops especially great options that we could afford. So, of course, we started looking at DIY kitchen countertop options.

Retro Red Kitchen

Okay, it wasn’t THIS long ago, but you get the picture, right?  (via) don’t you love the dancing vegetables wallpaper border?

Fast forward a few years, and thanks to the internet, there’s lots of information (and pictures!) out there about many more DIY countertop surfaces.  Not only that, but prices on natural and engineered stone have come down a bit, making them more affordable options for the average homeowner.  If putting most of a kitchen renovation budget into countertops isn’t your cup of tea, there are DIY options out there now with excellent online tutorials.  In a nutshell, there are lots of ways to get the look you want for the price you are willing to pay.

Update your kitchen on a budget with these affordable DIY kitchen countertop options -- from concrete to wood to painted countertops, there's a style that will fit your budget!

Take a look at some of the great DIY kitchen countertop options that are out there — and if you’ve DIYed countertops, we’d love to see photos! You can drop us a line here or message us on Facebook here.

DIY Kitchen Countertop Options

Design Stocker concreteFantastic idea for installing concrete counters over existing tile countertops | Design Stocker featured on Remodelaholic

Faux Reclaimed Wood Countertops The Ragged Wren On RemodelaholicMake and install your own (faux) reclaimed wood countertops | The Ragged Wren featured on Remodelaholic

The Home project stainless steelDIY stainless steel counters | The Home Project featured at Remodelaholic

The Mustard Ceiling wood door countertops

Wood countertops made from solid wood doors | The Mustard Ceiling featured at Remodelaholic

DIY skim-coat cement countertops | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body featured on Remodelaholic
(additional information here) painted marble countertops | Batchelor’s Way featured on Remodelaholic

Freckled Laundry chalk paint countertops

Chalk paint chalkboard countertops | Freckled Laundry

Lilliedale copper counters

DIY copper countertops | Lillidale featured at Remodelaholic

Wood flooring turned into butcher block countertop | PJH Designs featured at Remodelaholic

Designing Dawn painted counters

Glossy painted laminate counters for a faux quartz look | Designing Dawn featured at Remodelaholic

Domestic Imperfection penny countertop

Penny countertop | Domestic Imperfection

Custom DIY poured dyed concrete counter | construction2style featured on Remodelaholic

feature diy faux granite countertops, Nest of Bliss on Remodelaholicfaux granite spray painted kitchen countertops | Nest of Bliss featured on Remodelaholic

Kara Paslay Designs concrete over laminate

Turning laminate counters into concrete counters | Kara Paslay Designs

Red Hen Home faux granite makeover

Painted faux granite countertop makeover | Red Hen Home featured at Remodelaholic

Buckets of Burlap painted butcher block

Painted butcher block countertops | Becky’s Farmhouse (formerly Buckets of Burlap)

Imperfectly Polished concrete counters

DIY concrete countertop tutorial | Imperfectly Polished featured at Remodelaholic

Keeping It Cozy reclaimed wood counters

DIY reclaimed wood counters | Keeping It Cozy featured at Remodelaholic

This Old House soapstone

How to install soapstone | This Old House

DIY marble tiled kitchen countertops over laminate | Zevy Joy featured on Remodelaholic

Russian River Schoolhouse zinc island

DIY zinc and rustic wood island counter | Russian River Schoolhouse (website no longer available)

Are new countertops in your future?  Would you try any of these DIY kitchen countertop versions?  Check out more gorgeous counter ideas on my Kitchens Pinterest Board.

And if you’re wondering “How durable are DIY countertops?” — we asked the same question of our favorite DIYers and shared their feedback in our DIY Countertop Review series.

DIY Painted Cabinet Reviews from Bloggers and Home DIYers @Remodelaholic DIY Painted Countertop Reviews @Remodelaholic
DIY Butcher Block and Wood Countertop Reviews @Remodelaholic DIY Concrete Countertop Reviews @Remodelaholic

This post was originally published April 1, 2013; updated and republished February 21, 2018.

Update your kitchen on a budget with these affordable DIY kitchen countertop options -- from concrete to wood to painted countertops, there's a style that will fit your budget!

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TRIP Reports: The release of TRIP’s national rural roads report generated a good deal of news coverage…

The release of TRIP’s national rural roads report generated a good deal of news coverage when it was released last June and in the following months. Today, the report’s findings were quoted in the following White House briefing statement addressing America’s rural infrastructure needs. Click here to view online.

Building a Stronger America: Rural Communities Need Reliable, Modern Infrastructure

Infrastructure & Technology   Issued on: February 21, 2018

“No longer will we allow the infrastructure of our magnificent country to crumble and decay.”

President Donald J. Trump

RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN NEED OF REPAIR: Infrastructure systems across rural America have fallen into a state of disrepair, holding back rural communities.

  • More than a third of all major rural roads in the United States were in poor or mediocre condition in 2015 according to a report by TRIP, a national transportation research organization.
    • 15 percent of major rural roads were rated in poor condition.
    • 21 percent of major rural roads were rated in mediocre condition.
    • 14 states had 20 percent or more of their major rural roads rated in poor condition, with some states having around 40 percent in poor condition.
  • Ten percent of all rural bridges were rated as “structurally deficient” in 2016, according to TRIP.
  • Small community water systems, or systems that serve 3,300 people or fewer, have $64.5 billion in funding needs over a 20 year period according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Because small water systems lack economies of scale, small cities often experience the largest percentage increase in user charges and fees.
  • More than 100,000 miles of rail lines have been abandoned over the past few decades, reducing critical rail access in many rural communities.

INSUFFICIENT BROADBAND ACCESS: Far too many Americans living in rural communities lack sufficient broadband access. 

  • The high cost of rural broadband deployment has prevented commercial internet providers from installing broadband equipment in rural areas.
  • Insufficient broadband access has left many rural Americans without the tools they need to engage in the modern economy and use important services such as telemedicine and long-distance learning.
  • 39 percent of Americans living in rural areas, 23 million people, lack sufficient broadband access, according to a 2016 report by the Federal Communications Commission.

RURAL PROSPERITY DEPENDS ON INFRASTRUCTURE: It is time to give rural communities the quality infrastructure they need in order to grow and thrive.

  • 93 percent of rural Americans believe Federal investments in infrastructure are important to improving the job situation in their communities, according to a June 2017 poll published by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
    • 74 percent of rural Americans polled believe infrastructure investments are “very important” to improving the job situation in their communities.
  • Many industries important to the rural economy require efficient infrastructure, including energy production, manufacturing, and agriculture.
  • Communities with agriculture dominant economies need reliable infrastructure in order to effectively conduct business.
    • Effective transportation systems help reduce the prices farmers must pay for operating supplies.
    • The agriculture industry relies on a variety of transportation methods such as trucking, rail, and waterways to maintain the agriculture supply chain.

The White House

Summer Really Is Coming, DEWALT® Unveils Two Lawn Mowers

Mowers expand the DEWALT 20V MAX* and 40V MAX* systems

The 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower is optimized for use with DEWALT construction battery platforms. The two DEWALT 20V MAX* 5.0Ah Batteries (DCB205) work simultaneously to deliver the power demanded by the user and provide flexibility to be used with other tools in the DEWALT 20V MAX* system. The 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower marks the continued expansion of the DEWALT 20V MAX* system of 100+ products and is also compatible with the DEWALT FLEXVOLT® battery system for maximum flexibility and extended runtime.

The 40V MAX* Brushless Mower is optimized for use in landscaping applications. Powered by one DEWALT 40V MAX* 6.0Ah Battery (DCB406), the 40V MAX* Brushless Mower marks the continued expansion of the 40V MAX* system of outdoor power equipment from DEWALT.

Both the 2x20V MAX* and 40V MAX* Brushless Mowers feature high-efficiency brushless motors to deliver consistent cutting performance. They also both offer a 20” metal deck to cut a large path, a folding handle for upright storage, and front deck and rear deck carrying handles for easy transportation. They can mulch, bag, or rear discharge grass clippings. Additionally, the 2x20V MAX* mower features an on-deck LED light board which signals state-of-charge for each pack and indicates when a recharge is needed.

DEWALT continues to develop both its 20V MAX* and 40V MAX* systems of tools to offer solutions for construction and outdoor applications. Available in early 2018, the 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower will come kitted with two DEWALT 20V MAX* 5.0Ah Lithium Ion Batteries (DCB205) (DCMW220P2). Also available in early 2018, the 40V MAX* Brushless Mower will come kitted with one DEWALT 40V MAX* 6.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery (DCB406) (DCMW290H1), as well as bare (battery and charger sold separately) (DCMW290B).

The mowers come with the standard DEWALT 3 year limited warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 40 volts. Nominal voltage is 36.


The 2x 20V MAX* DEWALT 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower is powered by (2) 20V MAX* batteries to deliver 2x the voltage. The high-output brushless motor delivers powerful performance and increases torque in high overgrowth. The lawn mower’s 3-in-1 capability allows for mulching, bagging, or rear clipping discharge. It is perfect for properties up to ¼ acre. For optimal performance, the battery-powered lawn mower can be paired with high capacity 20V MAX* DEWALT batteries or FLEXVOLT® batteries for extended runtime and maximum compatibility across DEWALT battery systems. This cordless lawn mower is designed to help you get the job done with a 20 in. metal deck, quick and easy single lever height adjustment, and folding handles for compact upright storage.



  • Powerful brushless motor and (2) 20V MAX* batteries working simultaneously for high power output
  • 3-in-1: mulching, bagging, and rear discharging
  • Heavy-duty 20 in. metal deck
  • Single lever height adjust ranging from 1.5 in. – 3.4 in.
  • Folding handle and lift handles for easy transport and compact storage


  • AMPS2 X 5.0 AH AMPS


  • 20V MAX* DEWALT 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower
  • 2 x DCB205 5.0 Ah 20V MAX* Lithium Ion batteries
  • DCB115 Standard Charger
  • Collection bag
  • Mulching plug


With a powerful brushless motor, the 40V MAX* Lawn Mower can cut up to ¼ acre. It is 3in1, so you can mulch, bag, and discharge clippings out the back. Its metal deck gives it durability. This lawn mower also features a single-lever height-adjust system so you can easily change blade height. The handle also folds to allow for compact storage. Plus, it’s compatible with our line of 40V MAX* DEWALT outdoor power equipment.



  • Powerful brushless motor for high power output
  • 3in1: mulching, bagging, and rear discharging
  • Heavy duty 20 in. metal deck
  • Single lever height adjust ranging from 1.5 – 3.4 in.
  • Folding handle and lift handles for easy transport and compact storage




  • DCMW290 DEWALT 40V MAX* 3in1 Brushless Mower
  • DCB406 6.0AH battery
  • Charger
  • Collection bag
  • Mulching plug
  • Safety key



By leveraging new technologies and battery innovations, DEWALT introduces the new 20V MAX Compact 3.0Ah Battery (DCB230). Compared to the existing DCB200, the DCB230 offers the same capacity and is 20% lighter.

The slim 20V MAX Compact 3.0Ah Battery adds to the wide range of battery options offered by DEWALT. From compact to heavy-duty, DEWALT users can choose the optimal battery for their application. Each battery is compatible with the 20V MAX* System from DEWALT, now totaling over 165 products.

With a 3-year limited warranty and 3-year free service, the 20V MAX Compact 3.0Ah Battery will be available starting in March sold individually (DCB230), sold in a two pack (DCB230-2), and a starter kit with one battery and DCB112 charger (DCB230C).

The DEWALT 20V MAX* 3 Ah Compact Battery provides reliable power and long battery life. Using the latest lithium-ion technology, it offers 3 Ah capacity with minimal weight, offering ergonomic benefits for extended power tool use. A 3-LED Fuel Gauge system allows instant battery status checks. This battery is compatible with all DEWALT 20V MAX* power tools and includes 3-Year Limited Warranty.


  • 3 Ah capacity provides long run time
  • 3-LED fuel gauge system allows immediate feedback on state of charge
  • No memory and virtually no self-discharge for maximum productivity and less downtime
  • 18% lighter weight than DCB200 3 Ah battery



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

You Are Loved: Colorful Inspirational Printable Set of Kids Affirmations

Parenting is hard. There’s no ifs ands or buts about it — it’s not easy to help littles grow up to be kind and helpful not-so-littles! As my kids keep growing and getting more involved with school and friends, we’re inevitably dealing with some of the small drama that comes along with it and helping each of my children learn and understand that they are amazing as they are, and that they have special gifts and skills that they bring to every situation and that they can make a positive difference in the world. So the inspirational printable set we have for you today is perfect for decorating a child’s room or bathroom with the reminders that you are loved, you are wonderful, and you are lovely!You Are Very Loved Frame

While the vibrant colors make me immediately think of how much my girls would love these prints, I’m sure the boys and older tweens can always use a reminder and a confidence boost in the morning as well. For that matter, *I* could use an extra positive affirmation in the morning and before bed, too!

You Are Wonderful Frame

In addition to decorating a bedroom, bathroom, or study area, these inspirational prints would also be perfect for hanging in a locker for a reminder throughout the day. We also have this set of inspirational printables that come in a wallet size for on-the-go cheering up, too!

You Are Lovely Frame

Download the free printable set below and print one, or print them all and hang them as a set down the hallway or along a wall — just like all of our free printable art collection, the possibilities are unlimited! These inspirational prints would pair nicely with our large feather printables (in any, or all, of the colors!) or this family values subway art printable, too.

Colorful Affirmation Inspirational Printable Set @Remodelaholic

Click here to get this free printable set

We’d love to see photos of how you use this or any of our printables in your home! Tag #imaremodelaholic on Instagram or send us a message here.

How do you help your kiddos to gain confidence and understand that they are loved? I’d love to hear your ideas!

More easy printable art for your home:

bright and cheery bathroom art printable set

inspirational wildflower quote printable

Free Printable Gift Idea, Inspirational Wildflower Quote @Remodelaholic

set of 4 hand-drawn feather printablesFree Printable Gift Idea, Set Of 4 Hand Drawn Feather Prints @Remodelaholic

10 holiday watercolor printables10 Free Holiday Printables Set From @remodelaholic 768x1306

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