I’m in love with our gallery movie wall which has been months in the making. 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. 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.
Recently 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 DVDs and games. My girls and I sat there one day arranging all the movies alphabetically and by collections. Now all of the Star Wars movies are together. I love it! It’s definitely easier to find the movie we want to watch.
Unfortunately, the wall beside the bookcase was so bare. I had never bothered to decorate the hallway. Ever. Suddenly, Emily came up with the idea to play off the bookcase and all the movies we own.
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. Each person chose five of their favorite all-time movie quotes. Some quotes we knew we wanted, for example, “You’re killing me smalls!”. Other quotes took some time to decide on.
I used a publishing program called Serif PagePlus (now called Affinity Publisher). I played around with different fonts to get just the right look for each quote. 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 happened to be running a poster printing sale or else this would have cost up to $50. 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 broke the first one. Yikes! After painting the first one, Emily stored it in its box. Apparently, I didn’t put it back in its box as I should have and it fell and broke. I wasn’t sure if we could find another one, but luckily we did.
All the wooden elements Emily painted to match and used my Cricut to make the gold dots and the gold lettering on the Bare Theater sign. I 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. She had a fantastic idea and I would have never thought of doing this. Now to get the rest of the hallway decorated!