When faced with boxes and boxes of old Vintage Family photo’s, the temptation to discard them can be overwhelming. So what should you do with Old Family Photos? Instead of throwing them away or storing in the back of a closet, I came up with a perfect solution to organize them. Here is how I used old Family Photos that allow them to Shine.
I sort of accidently discovered the #1 Best Way to Use Inherited Family Photos.
After cleaning out my mom’s house, I came home with a few boxes of old, old photo’s that I had no clue what to do with. But I knew we should keep them, but where??? Then I came up with the perfect solution to be able to use these old family photos.
One thing leads to another
It all began with a couple of panoramic photos of my dad, made during World War II. I decided I’d enjoy framing these two photo’s to display in our loft. Once I had those two photo’s framed, a couple more of the old military photo’s caught my eye. That’s when my idea began to take shape and I realized the solution to using all these old photos. For some basic tips on hanging art perfectly every time, click here.
I could create a gallery wall!
We had several treasured black and white photo’s that hadn’t seen the light of day in many years. So I began to search the house for these almost forgotten treasures.
Once I had a good stack of old photo’s, I then started looking for more frames. I wanted to frame some of the other old photo’s that I had inherited from my mom. She had a couple of framed photos of The Ponds made prior to our ownership. These photo’s were in color, so I just quickly copied them in black and white and placed the original photo’s behind the copies for safe keeping. Note: If your vintage photo’s will be exposed to light, I recommend making photo copies of them all. Light exposure can totally ruin your treasured photo’s. I plan to hang this in a powder room with no window so I have used several of my original photo’s
But my Frames Don’t match!
Because I wanted a consistent feel for my gallery wall, I began to paint some of the old frames black. About this time, I was wishing I’d saved some of the frames that we had donated. I also had a few metal frames and a couple of mirrors that I chose to use for a little creative interest. Keep in mind, I couldn’t go out and buy frames or mats. With the exception of the panoramic frames, everything I used to create my gallery wall was something I had on hand. Although this limited what I could do, it also made for a more unique wall.
Now I’m ready to begin
I now had a collection of re-purposed frames, old photo’s and some other interesting pieces of family history I discovered along the way.
I was finding so many interesting things.
Now Where Do I hang my Gallery?
Thank you for stopping by. Hopefully, you enjoyed seeing some of my families history and that you’ll be inspired to use your old family photo’s in more creative ways. We are certainly enjoying seeing these treasures on a regular basis. Please feel free to ask any questions and all comments are welcome.