DIY Botanical Gallery Wall in the Master Bedroom

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DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

Yep, I’m still working on the master bedroom!  If you saw my room refresh the other day {here}, then you might have noticed that I didn’t show you this corner.  There just wasn’t anything to show because I didn’t have anything on the wall above the dresser and I wasn’t even happy with how things on top of the dresser looked.

Things like that make me frustrated, but then I have to remind myself that we’ve only been in this house for five months (five months, people!) and given that, I’ve actually made tremendous progress!

Here’s the room color before I painted (SW Comfort Gray. See how I painted it and view more “after” photos here):


So, yesterday, when I should have been mopping the floor to get ready for our New Year’s Eve visitors, I decided that I needed to make a gallery wall of botanical prints above the dresser.  Immediately.

And since I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I wanted immediate gratification, I hit Pinterest and found these lovely free printables from Simply Made by Rebecca {here}.  She has tons more, but I chose 12 for my wall.

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

The frames are 8×10’s from Dollar Tree; like I said, I didn’t want to spend a lot.

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

Check the color on your frames if you buy them there; they have a platinum and a true gold and they are very close in color and often mixed together on the shelves.  This is the platinum; I love the true gold but I have a fair amount of silver finishes in here and needed to split the difference.

I pulled the cardboard stand off the back; this helps them to lie flat on the wall.

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

I have a pretty high-quality printer, so printing the botanicals out on 8.5″ x 11″ photo paper was a snap (I used this paper), but if your printer isn’t very good you can certainly have these printed at the office supply store.

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

While I did measure and use my laser level, let’s face it, the little hooks on the back of dollar store frames do NOT all line up exactly, so I made about 53 nail holes to hang 12 frames.  Don’t judge, that’s why we have spackle!

And if you have one or two that seem to always want to go crooked, just put a 3M Command strip on the back of the frame and stick it to the wall {our posts contain affiliate links.  See our full disclosure policy here}.

3M Command strips
Once the wall was beautified, it was so much fun to style the dresser. I used a combination of vintage books that I already had and a few new ones that I got for Christmas (some sources throughout, full source list at end of post).

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

^^A dictionary and an etiquette book; that sums my personality up perfectly!^^

Below are all the new books that my husband gave me for Christmas, I love them all and the Madame Chic books were so fun to read!

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

The little blue and white dish is a thrift find and I put my watch in it every night.

Random side note; my husband gave me that Kate Spade watch for my birthday and I adore it so much that I’m going to buy another one in silver when they go on sale again.  I’ve been in the habit of just buying a new–cheap–watch whenever the battery dies, but that is so wasteful.  So I bought an inexpensive watch repair kit {this one} and now I can change my own batteries (that I buy at the dollar store!), add and replace links in the bracelets, and more.  What took me so long?!

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

The glove mold is vintage; I found it at an antique shop in Savannah a few years ago.

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

And the lamp–I just adore it, and can you believe it was only $24.99?!  They had a similar floor lamp for peanuts, too.  Target, baby–direct link here.

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

One last “after” photo:

DIY botanical gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane



Wall color:  Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

Dresser:  Kincaid Furniture

Brass desk lamp

Botanical prints (printed on this photo paper)

8 x 10 picture frames:  Dollar Tree

Madame Chic books

Kate Spade All in Good Taste book

Gold Italian tray:  vintage

Kate Spade Gramercy watch

Frames:  HomeGoods and thrifted, spray painted gold with this paint


And here’s today’s fun find; this standing wire basket that may have to start holding towels in my guest bath.  It’s $65, but I usually see them for closer to $100.

| Basket on Stand |

|  Basket on Stand  |

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  1. Donna Christensen says

    I just have to tell you how much I LOVE your blog. I tell my friends it is like getting a gift when I open my email. I love your taste and all your projects. You inspired me to change out a boring guest room to a guest room with pizazz ! I even created an “office” area to do my scrapbooking and whatever inspires my creative side. I know it must be so difficult to produce a blog everyday. I want you to know how much it is appreciated!

    Thanks and happy New Year to you both!
    Donna……Cape Cod, Massachusetts

    • Donna, what a lovely, lovely compliment. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and say that–you really made my day! Yes, sometimes we have a hard time coming up with creative ideas almost every day–especially after five years!–but it’s so fun to have a found a community of people who love decorating and homemaking as much as we do.

      Happy New Year, and thanks again!

  2. Talk about creating a very chic and expensive look on a dime?….Wow…I so love this!….Remember that show, Design on a Dime?…Well your show should be titled, “Chic Design on a Dime” !!!
    Happy New Year Christy!!!!

  3. Wow! I cannot believe that those frames are from the dollar store! I love how these all look together – it creates such a statement piece in the room 🙂 Also, those free printables are such a great find, thanks for the link!

  4. I enjoy reading your blog also.I love your 12 picture frames idea to. The dollar tree store my second home 🙂 keep up the great ideas and work.

  5. Christine L says

    My mind is blown- this is gorgeous!!!

    You are so talented!!! Southerners and Europeans have the best taste. STANDING OVATION!

  6. I absolutely love the basket! Where did you find it and do you have what kind it is?

    • Sure, if you just click the link below the photo of the basket, it will take you directly to the site where I found it. It’s a flash sale site, so no guarantees that it’s still available, but you never know!
      Hope that helps–

  7. I hope you are still checking comments on this post…because I have funny story but want to thank you for all your wonderful ideas from the stripe vase, to the botanical gallery…your ideas are trendy, super affordable and I just love seeing what’s coming next! But today, my husband walked into the dining room and said I thought we agreed…no more big spending on decorating until after the holidays……and I said but I only spent $4.00….and when I showed him my receipt for four $1 frames from Dollar Tree (I already had 8 othres) he couldn’t believe it! It’s an easy and impressive project that I will love for years to come and so does my hubby!

    • Nicely done! I’m sure your husband was pleasantly surprised with your decorating “bill.”

      Thanks for the lovely compliments about the blog–we’re so glad you look forward to reading it!

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