Our movie gallery wall that has been months in the making is finally done and I’m in love! Emily over at The Inspired Damsel designed this great idea. Our family loves movies. I mean we are movie addicts. I mean we saw Jurassic World three times! We have a family movie collection and each one of the kids has their own collections in their rooms. We could be Blockbuster!
A few years ago we ran out of room in our living room’s entertainment center for all the movies and moved them to a built-in bookcase in the hallway. I never knew what to do with this bookcase and it’s been used differently over the years. It’s been a homeschool bookcase, a toy shelf, and a junk collector. I think originally it used to be a door opening that went from the hall into the dining room that they closed in on one side and made the hallway side a bookcase. One day while spring cleaning I realized it would be the perfect place for all of our movies and games.
I was right! The shelves are the perfect size for dvd’s and games. My girls and I sat there one day arranging all the movies alphabetically and by collections. In other words, all Star Wars movies are together. I love it! It has made finding the movie we want to watch so much easier! But the wall beside it was so bare. I had never bothered to decorate the hallway. Ever. Then Emily came up with the idea to play off the bookcase and all the movies we have.
The first part was to make a movie quote poster using famous quotes from our family’s favorite movies. This took months for each of us to decide on what movies to include. Some quotes we instantly knew we wanted and others were added after the proof was printed. I used a publishing program called Serif and played around with different fonts till I got the look I wanted. It is my favorite thing. You can look at it and instantly know something about our family. We have everything from Gone With the Wind to Robin Hood Men in Tights. Believe it or not, I had this printed at Sam’s Club. They just happened to be running a poster printing sale or else this would have cost up to $50 to be printed and we had it printed for $10. They did a beautiful print job! Oh, and this amazingly huge frame was free! Our neighbor was getting rid of it and gave it to us. Score!
I have to tell you about the letterboard. This is the second one. I accidentally broke the first one, right before we were going to hang it. Emily had painted it months before so it would match and we had it stored safely in its box until we got it out to work out the placement for the gallery wall. I didn’t put it back in its box like I should have and it fell and broke. It took us days to find another one the right size! Poor Emily had to paint another one. This is where we keep track of movies that are coming out that we want to see and the date that the movies open.
All of the wooden elements were painted by Emily to match and we used my Cricut to make the gold dots and the gold lettering on the Bare Theater sign. I just love this part of the hallway and now I can’t wait to decorate the rest of it! I have to thank my daughter for such a great and personal idea. I would have never thought of doing this. Now to get the rest of the hallway decorated!