Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rustic Kitchen Wall Gallery DIY

You know that one item you have in your home that you never use? You know the one… It may have been a gift, something you inherited, or maybe even a purchase you made with good intentions. Whatever the case may be, I’m almost certain every home has that one thing that’s just sitting in a cabinet or closet taking up space and collecting dust. 

My husband and I received these brass trays as a housewarming gift when we got our first apartment. Which means we’ve had them for over 10 years. I was ready to find a new home for them because they were in fact taking up much needed space and were very much underutilized (we’d used them about 2-3 times). But, my husband challenged me to find a new use for them. Challenge accepted!

Here’s my take on a rustic kitchen wall art gallery.

Step 1: painted the trays (front and back) with chalk paint. I love that there is no prep with the chalk paint.

Step 2: painted accessories with metallic spray paint.

These large utensils were less than $2 each at Walmart.

I found these metal hanging letters for $2.99 each on clearance at Michaels.

Step 3: attached the utensils to the square tray using crazy glue

Step 4: put inspirational words on the larger tray using alphabet stickers and sealed with modpodge (I used matte finish)

Quick tip: if you try this, stick the letters on lightly until you get the spacing right before sticking down completely.

Step 5: assembled my gallery display.

One last step I took, before putting these on the wall, was using a matte finish acrylic spray sealer to minimize paint chipping (this is optional).

This project cost was around $25 (which includes the cost of the spray sealer). I really love how this came out! What do you think? Have you created your own wall art? Leave me a comment, I would love to know your thoughts. Thanks, and God Bless.

Living Simply,



  1. Looks lovely!!! I have lots of items around the house that can be recycled and probably could use your expertise to do so!


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