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Coastal Gallery Wall and Printable Set

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds.

Just so you know, our bathroom takes itself very seriously now. If it were a person, it’d be the beret wearing, poetry spouting, pinky-up type.

Because it just got a mini art gallery all up in the corner in only THE fanciest place you could ever put an art gallery… above the toilet. Yeah. I know. We’re so cultured now.

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If you’re thinking, “Another gallery wall, Lauren? Really? Don’t you have enough?”

The answer is no. No, I do not. Because can you ever really have enough gallery walls? Also no.

This one is way more funky and quirky than the others I’ve done in our living room, staircase, and dining room. This one, even though it could smoke a cigarette and play the bongos in a dimly lit performance art club, it’s not nearly as traditional or as subdued as the others.

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I always say bathrooms are where you can play the wild card. Put up a unique wallpaper pattern that you wouldn’t dare put anywhere else. Paint the walls a bold hue. Or, this time, gather up a bunch of thrifted frames, print a bunch of free public domain art, and have a party.

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I really was drawing a blank on this giant wall before:

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

But since the goal was for us to spend as little as possible on this master bathroom refresh and to try using as many resources as we already had, this big wall of coastal landscapes definitely achieved that.

I gathered up all of the old frames lying around in my stash that I could find and brought home a few more from the thrift store for around $2-5 each to fill in the gaps. And I dug through a TON of public domain archives to find all kinds of beautiful antique paintings of ocean scenes.

I figured the ocean pictures were bound to have shades of the blue/green color we used on our vanity cabinets, and the beach is my happy place anyway, so why not?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m “team anti-bossy art” and against art with eyes in the bathroom, and coastal art avoids both of those, thankfully.

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

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Here are the steps I used:

1. I split my picture frame collection into three groups to paint with two different types of silver spray paint and a silver Rub n’ Buff to make them look cohesive but not completely matching. (Our faucets in this bathroom are brushed nickel, so I wanted to tie them in with those.)

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

2. For the coastal prints, I just printed off the 8×10 and smaller sizes from a computer printer. And I chose a couple of favorite large sized prints to have printed from Shutterfly (with a coupon code, of course).

3. To make some of them look matted, I just cut out white poster board (a big pack for $5) that I fit to the size of my frames, stuck the pictures I cut out onto the front of the poster board with some simple Scotch tape, placed them in the frames, and I swear you can’t even tell.

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Lola, my little shadow, helped me, of course. 😉

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

4. To arrange them on the wall, I used my usual gallery wall planning trick by tracing my frames, cutting them out on my remaining poster board (leftover Christmas wrapping paper works well too), and taping them up to decide until I was totally happy with the look.

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

The entire wall cost around $50 total. Not too shabby, huh?

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A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor #gallerywall #bathroomart #bathroomwall #bathroomdecor #coastalart

Now that this art is up, this master bathroom is officially FINISHED! I’ll be sharing its full reveal next week. Ahhhh! Can’t wait! It’s so good.

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A free printable set of a coastal gallery wall featuring antique ocean paintings and how to frame them inexpensively with thrifted finds. #coastaldecor

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22 Comments

  1. I love it. You can find some of the best pictures in childrens book to frame too. Years ago I had a collection of Old magazine covers like “People” and framed them for art going down the basement stairs. This was 1980 so I had Tom Selleck – all the people in the TV series “Dallas” – I enjoyed them.

  2. Lauren, thank you for the inspiration! I have a large wall in my master bathroom as well and have been stumped since I moved in as to what to do with it! Now I know!! Your entire home is amazing!

  3. Hi Lauren! I love your corner decor, it looks awesome! You’re definitely on trend ( not that you care about that, lol), because I’ve seen a couple of decorators decorate corners of their rooms. It’s such a cool idea! It really filled all that empty space up. I love pictures of sunsets, waves etc… and you’re right they make very good artwork for a bathroom. People Should take more decorating chances and go bold in their bathrooms, it’s fun! Have I mentioned before that I love, love the color you painted your cabinets and I STILL cannot get over that floor makeover! Could you tell me again exactly what color that cabinet paint is, I’ve forgotten and I want to use it in my own home. That little Lola is so cute! Enjoy your weekend! ?

  4. You and your blog totally rock! I like how you have decorated your home as I agree, the farmhouse look will not last forever. I admire that you are as true as you can be to a budget. And last but not least, I LOVE how you share your knowledge with your readers.

  5. I absolutely love this!! The frames look so high-end after painting them. I must remember this….and loved your “no-eyes” policy in the bathroom! LOL

  6. I love your coastal gallery wall, seashore pics are so awesome and I adore your whole bathroom makeover! I have a question, as I assume that printing these off would take a lot printer ink, do you still think it’s cost effective to print the smaller ones at home, or would it be better to use an inexpensive photo printing site? Also, when you print at home, are you using actual photo paper regular computer paper? Thanks so much!

    1. You could always print them at Staples or Office Depot. I think they’re something like 10 cents each that way? Just regular computer paper is fine. If you wanted them to have a bit of heft, you could always use cardstock paper, but that’s up to you. 🙂

  7. Love it! I have coastal watercolors I have collected from places we traveled to and am now going to do this with them! Love your beautiful home and decorating style

    1. Love what you have done with your artwork! It’s so nice! Your Master Bath is so beautiful! Blessings!

  8. You make gallery walls seem so effortless! I never know how many frames or what sizes to use. Do you start with the pics first then find frames or do you gather frames first then find the pics? I am so clueless! But yours always look very impressive!

    1. I gather frames first and then fit the pics to them. I don’t think my brain could ever figure out how to do it the other way around. 🙂 I totally agree; gallery walls can be so challenging. It’s like working a puzzle.

    1. I get asked that a lot! We’re not really sure. She was a rescue, and we were told she was a Yorkie/Schnauzer mix, but I have no idea if that’s accurate. Whatever she is, she’s a total sweetheart and follows me everywhere. For each project I do, she sits right beside me as I work on every single one.

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