Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Teen Lounge Gallery Wall

I know I should be working on Christmas projects but I am in full swing with this Teen Lounge.  The room is surprising coming together quickly (at least by my standards).  And I have to admit, it’s a pretty cool space to hang out in.   I just finished up a few large painting projects and hope to get on to my Christmas decorations later today.


A few weeks back I posted a gallery wall collage of some ideas that I came up with in Photoshop.  I invited you to “LIKE” your favorite and leave a comment.  Thank you to everyone that voted and shared your ideas!  I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day.

I was thrilled that #6 was the most “LIKE”ed option!  Why?  because it was my favorite too!!  That really shows me that the readers of Dittle Dattle get me!  ha ha     I guess us like-minded people gravitate to one another.





But Wait!!!!

So why did I choose #4?

Well, I have a couple of reasons. 

  • First my teenage son thought the room was getting too “busy” looking.
  • Secondly, I have a little something up my sleeve for the adjacent wall and if he thinks it busy now he might be completely overwhelmed if I over do the gallery wall.
  • Thirdly, my kids liked #4 the best and ultimately it is their room. 





I purchased a whole group of frames at Ikea.  you know the ones?? basic black with white mats.  As I was laying them out on the floor it just seemed boooooorrrrrring!  With the oversized clock in black,  those black frames weren’t working for me. 

Well, I remembered seeing some really awesome frames in a boutique during our summer vacation in Upstate NY, and then I also remember I bought a quart of ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)  in Providence that I hadn’t even popped the lid to yet.  So before I knew it, I had a project in the making.


Just using scrap wood, glass, and paint, I have four amazing frames for FREE!  yeah!


The glass and photographs are held by simple square nuts and screws.  Look closely…… my glass cutting is not square!  LOL  That just adds to the charm!

The ASCP Providence was a bit bright for me at first so on the second coat I mixed in a little ASCP Old White.  With the sanding and distressing it really gives the frame another dimension. 


Don’t you just love them?

Would you like a tutorial?

Honestly they were easy to make and I’m sure I will be making more.


I still may do idea #6 but I’m waiting to see how the other wall comes out first. 

Teen Lounge Updates

And one last update I wanted to show you… the new rug.  I showed you an Ikea one that I purchased a month ago that was made of natural fibers, but that had to be returned!  You could not walk across it with out it feeling like thousands of needles were poking your feet! ouch!!  I have seen the same rug all over the internet and NO ONE mentioned how uncomfortable it was.  That’s not me.  That’s not this blog.  I will always give you my honest opinion.  And I always have an opinion!!! he he

While browsing around Ikea, again, I spotted this colorful one, and with my mother’s confidence, I brought it home and was completely delighted!  The kids like too, which is also a bonus.  The coffee table is something that the Hubs and I had in one of our first apartments.  It was actually sitting at the backdoor waiting to go to Goodwill when I thought….. “what if….. I sprayed it black?”  It’s not the look I’m going for but it will do for now.Carrie


  1. LOve the frames and the room looks great! Your kiddos will enjoy it! ;)

  2. I think it looks fantastic!!! You are right to do it the way the kids want it. You go mom!! The new rug is perfect for the space. It really adds a wow element! I would love a tutorial. Those frames are amazing! I think your youngest son looks like Harry Potter in that picture!!

  3. What a great space, Carrie. The colors are very soothing and I love your wall display. Boy, you sure have a bunch of adorable kids. The pictures are wonderful. I bet the kids appreciate all that you have done for them. Fab job!! =) xoxo ~Liz

  4. Man, that teen lounge is looking so awesome Carrie. Love what you did with the frames too. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  5. What lucky teenagers! The room is fabulous. I'm in love with the frames too!

  6. Carrie, this room is coming together wonderfully!! I love what you did with the photo frames! I am sure the kids are loving this space!

  7. I LOVE IT!!!! YES, do a tutorial on those frames! I'd love to make some!!! The colors are so soft and beachy (just my style!). Can't wait to see the entire room. If I were a teen, I'd be spending all my time in there!

  8. WOW! This room is coming along wonderfully, Carrie. I LOVE this space. The photos are perfect. Love how you did them. You never cease to amaze me with your ideas and talent.
    Your kids are precious..I know boys don't like to be called precious..shh don't tell them, okay? ha!

    I agree with Jemsmom, your youngest does look like Harry Potter in that photo. So cute!
    They are lucky to have this nice space to hang out. Their friends are going to be telling their moms that they want a room like the Dittle Dattle household! Great job.

  9. Wow I really like how that turned out! Awesome job!

  10. Let the lounging begin! I love it :) Your room looks relaxing, homey and cozy. Okay what's next?

  11. Would love a tutorial on the frames.Love it!

  12. Hi Carrie,

    The lounge is fantastic so far! I love the rug and the wall art is amazing.


  13. Carrie, the room looks wonderful-right out of a magazine! but please tell me I'm not the only fool that doesn't know what ASCP stands for/or is?

  14. Love the rug, it's perfect. PLEASE do a tutorial for the frames, they are gorgeous!

  15. Carrie, I love the room! It looks great from the frames to the floor, it's so perfect!

  16. Fabulous idea. Great use of a IKEA find. They turned out wonderful.

  17. Oh, those frames turned out wonderful! I love this whole room, it looks amazing. Imagine having a room like that when we were teens???

    Found you via link party. :)

  18. Carrie, the room is looking fantastic. I know the kids will love hanging out in there. You should be very proud of yourself!! The pictures on the gallery wall are a treasure for sure!

  19. Those frames look amazing! Love the new rug! We're a sit and wrestle on the floor group, too, and a rug that hurt would never do. The room is looking terrific! I'm sure the kids and their friends just love hanging out there. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Awesome! I totally need a tutorial NOW! My daughter has been wanting a frame like this for several years. She's having a baby in March and I'd love to give her a frame like this for Christmas. If you don't have time for a full tutorial - could you quick & dirty me the jest of it at THANKS!

  21. Hi Carrie! I LOOOOVE what you've done to this room! Everything about this room is super cool I think. You come up with the best, most creative ideas, and I love that!
    WAY TO GO!

  22. Please, please. PLEASE do a tutorial on the frames!! I love them. The wall looks fabulous!

  23. A beautiful job!!! PLEASE do a tutorial on the frames. I have been wanting to do something like these for a LONG time but don't know how to get it done.

  24. This looks fantastic! Love the clock too. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  25. love ASCP! what color did you use for the frame? they look great, wold love a tutorial!

  26. Your pictures are wonderful and your family beautiful! Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  27. Yes! Do a tutorial please :) Where did you find the square washers? My Lowes and Home Depot do not carry them.

  28. My husband picked them up at Home Depot. I call them a washer but they might be labeled as something else. I am hoping to finish the tutorial this weekend and have it up early next week (Tuesday??).  I will photograph the packaging so you can show someone at HD. 

  29. You are fantastic! Thanks so much. I love your blog~ such wonderful ideas :)

  30. I really like the pictures of your family on your wall.



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