Master Bathroom

Butterfly Gallery Wall (25 Butterfly Images)

I got the butterfly gallery wall finished in the water closet area of the master bathroom yesterday. To find these images, I headed to The Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr and spent a couple of hours looking through the various libraries and picking out the butterflies I wanted to use. Every one of the butterflies needed to be edited using my photo editing software for size and color since I wanted them on a white backgrounds. After I narrowed down 30 butterfly images and got them all edited, this is what I wound up with…

I got my frames from Michael’s for a bargain (8 double mat frames for $48.64), and then had the butterflies printed at CVS. I had them printed as 8″ x 10″ prints with two butterflies per print. I also found an online coupon for 60% off, so I got all 30 butterflies printed for around $25.

It took way longer than I had anticipated to unwrap and take the frames apart, cut down the butterflies to fit the mats, clean all of the glass, tape the butterfly prints into place, and assemble everything. But once that was done, I was ready install the gallery wall.

I almost always hang frames (anything 11″ x 14″ and under) with Command Picture Hanging Strips (the two-piece strips that kind of go together like Velcro). So after attaching those strips to the backs of the frames, I was ready to stick the frames to the wall. I had already determined the order in which I wanted to hang the butterflies, making sure that the colors were evenly disbursed (I didn’t want two blues hanging side-by-side, or all of the warm colors grouped together), I started with the top center frame. After marking the middle of the wall, and the middle of the frame, I stuck the frame to the wall using the bubble level to make sure it was level.

And then I worked out from there, using the level along the top, and a piece of trim between the frames to ensure proper and consistent spacing.

I just used a scrap piece of the trim that I put along the bottom of the walls at the floor, which happened to be about 1.5 inches wide. That spacing seemed perfect, so I went with it.

Of course, I used two hands for this process, but I held the next frame to be installed in one hand with the trim piece sitting on top…

…,and with the other hand, I held the bubble level vertically on the side to ensure it was going on level. And then I just pressed the frame to the wall.

Once I got the “T” in place with the top horizontal row and the middle vertical column, I worked on the rest of the rows, working from top to bottom.

Since I knew the top row and middle column were level, I simply used two pieces of trim, one on the top and one on the side, to space everything else. It made the rest of the process go very quickly.

And here’s the finished wall. I didn’t reinstall the toilet yet because I think it will be much easier to build the cabinet without the toilet in the way. And once I get it installed, I may find that I need one more row of frames. But I’ll wait and see about that once it’s installed. For now, I have five rows of five frames.

I really love how it turned out. It brings just enough color into this otherwise very white and sterile area.

You do have to be inside the water closet to actually see all of the frames. Even standing just outside the area, right by the bathtub, I still can’t see all of them.

But I do love how these bring the nature feel of the mural into this area of the bathroom. I actually originally wanted to do birds, because y’all know how much I love birds. But I already have one bird wall in our house, and I thought another one might be too much. Butterflies and moths were a close second since they come in so many different colors. I think these are the perfect addition to this area.

Next up, I’ll start on the building of the cabinet that will go in this area. It’ll be a painted cabinet, and I’m still unsure about what color to paint it. I don’t want it to be too jarring since it will be seen from the main part of the room, but I’m also not sold on painting it white. That seems way too boring. Maybe a light gray from the mural? I don’t know. We’ll see.

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    Deb
    July 12, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Of your many art projects you have done this is one of my absolute favorites.
    All of the editing and searching for the
    right priced frames has paid off in a
    wonderful wall treatment.
    I love butterflies and could see this grouping on one of my bedroom walls.

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    Chris Q
    July 12, 2022 at 11:20 am

    For any of your followers, I just noticed yesterday @Five Below they have a butterfly poster almost like your lay out. So if someone wants to save money, you could cut the poster up for individual prints. Also its a beautiful wall arrangement!!!

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    Linda S
    July 12, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Kristi:

    The wall gallery looks great! I LOVE the butterflies and the color that they add. It’s really coming along well!

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    Lisa Johnson
    July 12, 2022 at 11:27 am

    I love it! Wonderful!

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    Susan
    July 12, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Simply gorgeous.

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    Marla
    July 12, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Your creativity, sparks my grey cells for things to do for a few of my own blank walls. Love it !

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    Nikki
    July 12, 2022 at 11:36 am

    For the cabinet color, what do you think of a very, very light shade of the wall color?

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    Alta Craig
    July 12, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Butterflies! Perfect! Picks up an element in the mural and repeats it. Great eye, Kristi.

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    jenw
    July 12, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Oh, I like it! Once the toilet is in, what about carrying the frames to the ground? For the cabinet, how about deeper/richer version of the wall color? Enough to pop and not seem matchy matchy but not different enough to say “hey!!! come see the toilet room!!!!”

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    CathyR
    July 12, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    These are beautiful, and I’m glad the pink wall is gone

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    Chris
    July 12, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    This came out so pretty. I wasn’t really understanding how you could put that many frames on a small wall but now that I see it, I really like the look.

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    Jill
    July 12, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Kristi, beautiful as always. Your butterfly’s are the perfect accent for your home!! I have a thought for you, I’ve had issues with too much moisture, steam in the bathroom and my art prints warping. I’ve learned that drymounting my art first was easier than repurchasing and drymounting the second time around. Let me know what you think. Jill

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    Sheri Hepworth
    July 12, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely!! Great job!

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    Marieza
    July 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    This is an amazing idea and it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    Jennifer
    July 12, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    You should put a mirror on the opposite wall so you can look at the butterflies while you’re…. concentrating.

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    Janet
    July 12, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I love seeing how your methodical work leads to such beautiful results.

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    Judy
    July 12, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Love it!!!

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    Andy
    July 13, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Perfect.

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    SheilaG
    July 13, 2022 at 4:02 am

    I love the butterfly wall- I may have to steal this idea! What about staining the cabinet to coordinate with your future vanity project? It would bring some warmth into that area, and give you a practice run for the vanities.

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    Lori Riggs
    July 13, 2022 at 7:36 am

    I love the butterfly wall…beautiful. How about painting your W/C cabinet the blue color of the walls outside the W/C? That blue is also in the mural. Gray is too boring.

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    Gail
    July 13, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Stunning. Once again, your eye and brilliance shine through.

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    jerri
    July 13, 2022 at 10:47 am

    LOVEE LOVE LOVEEE!!!

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    JJ
    July 13, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    That looks so fantastic! Really love it.
    I also like the idea someone suggested above to stain your cabinet the same color your vanities will be. Very nice way to have opposite ends of the area say ‘hello’ to each other. You can always paint over the stained piece if you grow tired of it, but I think you’d find it a rich look.

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    Juanita
    July 13, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    I sincerely appreciate how you break down your project for us. You have a vision, this is what you’re willing to get there, and how you get there. Time. Sizes. Cost.

    Your first post regarding the white frames (sizes, packs, cost) and where you got them, I couldn’t see the why.

    It was yesterday’s post regarding the Etsy downloads before you went to the Biodiversity Heritage Library where I grasped your vision.

    Today’s post just blew me away! I *should* have recognized your direction with the other artwork throughout your home.

    SO creative and fun!

    Not only do you make it look easy, but you show that it’s an affordable piece of creativity. The hard work is GETTING the right pieces for the right price, before taking the time to put it all together.

    This bathroom, already beautiful even incomplete, is just going to be a STUNNER!

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    Chris L
    July 13, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    This is absolutely perfect! And easily replicated on any scale by anyone wanting to do something similar. Bravo!

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    Julie
    July 14, 2022 at 11:06 am

    These are beautiful. Great accent.

    Also thanks for gas check reminder. See comment on your gas post but getting a new LP gas tank. All is now well. Grateful

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    Joyce Prescott
    July 14, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Looks beautiful!!