I love this instant-art idea, used in one of the Superior Deluxe Rooms at the Portland Ace Hotel. It also seems like it's begging to be DIYed.
You can re-create this look by measuring your wall, and then selecting white matting for each photo, and mounting the matted photos along your wall. Or, you can simply use a découpaging technique to fasten the photos to your wall directly. See how to do the latter below.
- Measure your wall, and then estimate the number of photos you want to use for each row. Space the photos evenly. You may want to cut out pieces of paper that are the same size as your photos, and then gently tape them to the wall. Experiment until you have the dimensions and spacing that you like the best.
- Lightly pencil in the space where each photo should be. Use a ruler, measuring tape, and level to make sure the photos are even.
- Lay down a drop cloth or newspaper on the floor below the wall you're covering.
- Open up your windows, and make sure the room is well ventilated.
- Using a sponge brush, apply wheat paste to a small portion of the wall.
- Now, line up the first photo, and apply it, burnishing out any bubbles with your hands as you press it onto the wall.
- Continue to apply wheat paste and press your photos onto the wall, lining them up neatly until the wall is covered.
- Make sure you've burnished out any bubbles. Sometimes using a credit card here will help.
- Now, allow the wall to dry.
- Using a synthetic bristle brush, apply a coat of Polycrylic Protective Finish, which will protect the pages from peeling, scuffing, and other damage.
- If your adjacent walls get messy from applying the Polycrylic, you can easily clean it up with a sponge and some warm, soapy water.
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