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Hit up the thrift store and grab your paintbrushes to create a beautiful and cohesive stairway gallery wall for practically nothing.

A thrifted stairway gallery wall

See my new stairway gallery wall, made entirely by updating items I already had and thrift store finds!

What you’ll need:

  • assorted sizes of frames (don’t worry about the color or style, that’s what paint is for!)
  • spray primer
  • chalk paint
  • paint brushes
  • other wall decor – like tobacco baskets
  • 3M command strips – I prefer these to nails, to help limit the number of holes in your walls

Green stairs and neutral gallery wall

A Gallery Wall Above the Stairs

Most of my frames got a new coat of primer and paint. Some frames I painted white, then used leftover Magnolia Green paint from our painted stairs project for the photo mat. With the other frames, I layered chalk paint using this technique.

That 3-panel geometric piece was made from scrap wood in a guest blog post. You can read all about it here.

I also hung a couple of tobacco baskets to add variety.

How to create a stairway gallery wall

And the best part: finally being able to get more family photos printed and displayed in our home. I take SO many pictures of the kids, it seems like such a shame not to display as many as possible!

A gallery wall above stairs

Neutral farmhouse hallway at the top of stairs

Here’s more budget-friendly wall decor I think you’ll LOVE:

One Comment

  1. We’ve always wanted to do this project in our home…make a gallery wall going up the stairs, but have been frozen by indecision for years. I love the way you’ve included other items that are not photos…it all goes together really nicely! This may be just the inspiration I need to finally start ours, thanks! 🙂

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