My Bathroom Photo Wall

This is a picture, below, of our downstairs guest bathroom:

 It’s a small room, but it has high ceilings; it’s where we hang photos of our friends and family along with interesting old things we find in antique stores.  We like to have an entertaining bathroom for our captive audience! But I had this idea on how to take it one step further.

That’s my great-great grandmother in the round frame; above it is Joe with all his best friends, and below it is a thank-you-for-dinner note from Peter Mayle (who wrote one of my favorite books, A Year in Provence, and came to our house for dinner once!!  Of course I had to frame his note!!). I thought this narrow wall between the window and the bathroom door might be perfect for a real picture wall.

So I pulled out some favorite old photos of us with our friends and families (and kitties) . . .

And on a sheet of foam core, using a metal ruler as a guide, I cut around each photo with a sharp exacto knife (it needs to be really sharp so if you do this, plan on changing the blade often).  I make three shallow cuts, first through the paper, then the foam, and the last through the bottom paper (rather than trying to go through the whole piece in one cut).  I protected the table top by turning my blotter calendar upside down and using the heavy cardboard back as a cutting surface.

I put down newspaper to protect the table cloth, and then sprayed acid-free photo-mount on the back of each photo and, as carefully as I could, attached it to the foam core.

So now the photos are more substantial and will stand out from the wall a bit.

Wonderful memories for us . . . there’s me when I first started painting; us at Joe’s 40th birthday luau; Joe out sailing when he weighed one pound; John with his girls when they were babies; my best friends forever singing on the porch of my old studio (♫You don’t own me, don’t say I can’t go with other boys . . . ♪); Joe and I when we first met; Margot’s children where she painted them in elf and Santa outfits.  To the back of each foam core photo, I attached a sticky double-sided foam mounting square . . . so I could hook the photos to the wall.  The mounting squares are removable — just in case this turned out to be a terrible idea!

At the top, I hung up the Friends embroidery I did when I was around twenty-two that’s been in every bathroom of my life . . . Then I started sticking my photos to the wall, one at a time, years of wonderful memories and our favorite people.  Sooner or later everyone passes through here and now they will find themselves on our wall!

There is only one “seat” in this room (unless you’re Jack, our kitten, who can find extra seats anywhere!), and it’s directly across from the picture wall. We do have other bathrooms in the house in case people go in and don’t come out!  (BTW, a very long time ago this bathroom, which is at the far back of the house, in a corner off the pantry, was called, according to papers that came with the house, a “three holer.”  Bathrooms were much more festive in those days!!)  Hope you like this project . . . it would work well in a kitchen too, very fun to have wherever your friends gather.  Another way to show them how much they mean to you! 

 

39 Responses to My Bathroom Photo Wall

  1. Lori from Maine says:

    I have “potty” pictures of both my husband and myself…we were maybe around 2 or so. I have one of my “golden” books and my husband has on his cowboy outfit – including a holster with guns! I plan on putting them in one picture frame, side by side and hanging them in the bathroom. I think it’ll be quite the conversation piece. Hubby just rolled his eyes over the project :( but once it’s done I think he’ll like it!

  2. nancy says:

    Your bathroom wall is adorable. I’m planning on doing it in my kitchen. It will be fun to look at family and friends as I’m cooking. Thanks a bunch for the idea, you are the greatest inspiration, I can’t wait to see your posts!!!

    • sbranch says:

      These days I’m finding 3 people in the bathroom at once, just looking at the wall! :-) I think “where is everyone” — oh yeah, in the bathroom!

  3. pauline lussenhop says:

    We just moved to Colorado and have a new home. Our “powder room” is where I am planning a picture wall. I may do a wall of “brides and Grooms” since I have a collection of vintage Bride and Groom cake toppers and have everyone’s wedding pictures from our family. I found an awesome shadow box at a garage sale and am working on redoing it to fit in with the bride and groom theme.

  4. Diane Kepus says:

    Wonderful idea! Since I am such a craft nut, family above all and always looking for new ideas, this is great. More – more!

  5. theresa says:

    Thats is a wonderful idea ! I just recently bought a roll of magnet and took my grandchildrens pictures off the refridgerator and mounted them to the magnet sticky paper. You can stick the picture on and then cut it into the shape you want it to be. It keeps your photos from rolling up also! I luv having my grandbabies faces where I can see them all the time. (I have nine grandchildren!)
    I have to tell this about my granddaughter Abbi , (shes 6). She was over last night for a little bit and she loves carrots! Well mamaw had the “big” carrots in the fridge this time. I asked her if she wanted it skinned? So , I get out the potatoe peeler and show her how. She did a really good job and asked me if she could take my peeler home. I told her no, that her mother has one of her own. She took an extra carrot with her and went home with her daddy for the evening. Later my son sends me a picture of Abbi on my phone. The text said Abbi told me this is how, you taught her, how to skin carrots! The picture was of her sitting on the toilet with a trash can in front of her and she was using her mom’s potatoe peeler on that extra carrot she took home with her! I guess there wasn’t enough for her to do or ” look at” while she was on the potty! Ha Ha That would be a cute potty room picture !

  6. sue fink says:

    My father-in-law graced us with the purchase of a new refrigerator . It’s georgeous and stainless steel on the front. Does not take magnets! The old one was solid family and friends pictures. So I love this idea . Now my pics will have a new venue. Thanks!

    • sbranch says:

      My girlfriend has one of those refrigerators too …. I found a metal bar at the Gift Show you can attach to your fridge and then put magnets on! Pretty smart!

  7. Lauren says:

    This is so great…….our guest bathroom is
    Everyone loves the idea and I never met anyone else who was doing this…..everyone thinks I am crazy or as I would say eccentric.
    Lauren

  8. Karen J says:

    I have a friend who enjoys Geneology. She has a family tree of pictures with painted vines connecting them all the way around her powder room. You have to find her daughter’s picture and then work backwards. It get a little dizzy turning in circles around the small room to follow the family lines and you are in there a little longer than usual on your first visit.

  9. pauline lussenhop says:

    I am up early today and decided to check your blog. But I found your bathroom also very interesting and have given me an idea for my small powder room. I have alot of pictures and no plac eto display them, so maybe the bathroom would be a good spot. I can’t wait to get started and tell my husband that I’ll buy the paint today! I can always comment that I’ll start painting, which will wake him up because I am a lousey painter.

  10. pauline lussenhop says:

    My freind Bonnie reminds me quite frequently to look at your blog for this or that. One day she mentioned your “bathroom wall” and all the photo’s. I have recently moved to Colorado after 40 years in one house in Illinois and have mentioned “I need some inspiration for the poweder room”. She suggested your blog and the bathroom pictures. YES,YES, YES, now I have to get the husband to paint it before the gazillion pictures go up. I am so excited and glad I checked out your blog. And the trip to England makes me want to go, but I will see England through your eyes, can’t wait.

  11. Cheri says:

    Love, love the picture wall. I’ve been saving pics of my grandkids cooking in the kitchen for years. I’ve always planned on making a cookbook for Mommy & Daddy. The oldest is now 18 & I wanted to start. I ‘m now going to add to the idea by converting all the pics into black & white and do a picture wall in my black &white kitchen for all to see & enjoy. Guess I better purchase contrast colored frames to make it an even more fun attraction for the eye. maybe red or lime green. All frames will be just the one color not to make too crazy. :- )
    I’m so excited to try many of your ideas along with your fellow bloggers.
    I’m 68 and and love any kind of positive change in my life & you are one of them I’m happy to say. Inspired, Cheri

  12. matty says:

    wow al of you have many ideas to do it…i will do someones for mi house. thanks angels. huges matty

  13. Cathy says:

    I have a beach theme in my bathroom. Not too original, but much more personalized when I added family pictures at the beach. The mats had wavy ocean like lines in them. Everyone comments on them.

  14. Joann says:

    I was going through some of your home pictures for inspiration as I have to send a designer we have found some ‘ideas.’ I just love that you have so many wonderful pictures and things to read in the bathroom—-you’re just too cute, I tell ya!

    We’re in a rental home right now, but this makes me want to paint the bathroom anyway….. it needs to be more personal!!!

    Thank you for sharing your spaces with us,

    Joann
    xo

  15. martha dagostino says:

    hi Susan, I have a large collage of pics (fam&friends) framed – maybe I’ll just hang in the empty wall in lower level bathroom. I’m sure people will love it and we’ll have lots of questions to answer. thanks for your cozy warm web site – I love it. love, ruby (marti) :)

  16. Barbara says:

    We did this in a powder room in our old house about 15 years ago. My husband didn’t get it but I said it was the one room that everyone used, so the pictures would be seen all the time.

  17. jacquie says:

    I’m surprised that I never saw this post as I thought I had covered every nook and cranny of this blog! I wanted to do something quite similar with favorite photos until I realized how expensive it was to mount the pics. (I had a few mounted in a similar way but on wooden blocks(?) and stopped after 2, at about 30 + bucks a piece. Using foam board gives the exact same effect at a fraction of the cost. What a great idea….though I think I’ll wait ’til winter; it will be a nice snowy day project!

    • sbranch says:

      I keep adding things to the drop downs when I get a little time. Glad you liked it, it’s been really fun to have here. Our friends like finding themselves on the wall!

  18. I decorated our master bath w our children’s artwork from grade school instead of using or fridge back in the days when hubby was active duty AF ..This is such a lovely idea..

  19. Linda says:

    What about the moisture in bathrooms? Does it mess the pictures up? Love this idea!

    • sbranch says:

      Not yet, but this bathroom of mine is really a powder room, no bath or shower in there. In another house I did the same thing on a wall in the kitchen. That works really well too.

  20. D'Anne Paratore says:

    Ha Ha – I thought I was the only one that hung their Art in the Bathroom -
    only problem no-one wants to come out! My house is 100yrs old, bathroom is very long and only 4 feet wide, with 12 foot ceilings – it seemed to be a great way to store my paintings of all my travels. Yes, Susan you are on my wall, and some of my girlfriends from your book signing at Bunch of Grapes last summer!
    Where can I forward copies to you – I am sure you would like them, especially Joe hiding behind the books during your lecture

  21. Dena says:

    I have a bathroom that has a fishing theme, so i have several pictures in there of all of our big catches, one i love is my son when he was young ,and he is holding up the BIGGEST crab anyone has ever seen, it makes me smile every time i see it.

  22. Jaybird says:

    I love your bath….and the kitty!!!
    We have this sort of arrangement down a long hallway, and everyone stops to look at it with each visit. It makes me smile really big when the grandgirls start telling a new victim the identity of each and every picture :^)
    Oh, and the bathroom is the showplace of all my raccoon collectables….. We have never lost anyone in there, but sometimes they are slow to return, and dazed looking as well :^)
    Blessings to you,
    J

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