Hanging a Gallery Wall the Easy Way

Friday, August 8, 2014

Isn't Mandy's gallery wall so great? I love her collection of prints. Today, it's my turn to show you my gallery wall and how I put mine together.

Also, be sure to get all the way to the end of the post for info on a fun giveaway!

Let me first say that my wall is filled with things collected over time. A long time. Not that it has to be that way, I just collected things to put up, but was to scared to pull the trigger. I mean, hanging it seemed daunting, and what if I didn't like it….the nail holes. Oh, the nail holes.  I'm super  non-comittal. I hate using nails to hang things, because I like to change things quite often.  Scary. Until I read a tutorial on HouseTweaking about how she uses 3M Command strips to hang her pictures. I decided it was time to get.it.on.

HouseTweaking gives a great tutorial (linked above) but I will give you a quick run down.

Once you have your 3M command strips, cut to size if your frame is small, or use an entire piece if you need. You will need two of the same size ( a pair) to hang a frame, sometimes more depending on weight.

Second, take the side without the pull tab and press it onto the frame. This frame was super light so I just put one right in the middle. You need to put it where it will have full contact with the wall. 

Next, press the piece with a pull tab onto the piece on the frame. Press the velcro into each other so they are secure.

When you are ready to hang, remove the protective paper and press your frame against the wall in the desired location. If you want to move the frame, you just pull the frame off the wall, then pull the tab on the piece stuck to the wall the release the sticky part with no damage! I will never use ANYTHING else.

Okay, let's get to the good stuff. I apologize for my pictures on this post. They just aren't as clear as I wanted them to be. I need to get it figured out! Now, let me tell you about some of the pieces on my wall.

I'm not hiding the fact that I am obsessed with GOLD lately. I mean, I think I've gone off the deep end. I was reading King Midas and the Golden Touch to my 6 year old and he said, "Mom, you totally want that. You wouldn't ever have to spray paint." Point taken, pal.

The gold frame in the center is from the D.I. I'll cross my fingers that you get lucky and find one like this. They are hard to come by, but can be found!

This little baby was found at the DI in the collectibles section. $3.00. Someday, I will take it to the Antiques Road Show. Or Cash4Gold. I'm sure it's not worth anything, but kids think its cool. 

Along with loving gold, I tend to hoard. You are learning a lot about me in this post! Now you know all my secrets. I have had the keys on this wall since I was first married. I bought them at an antique store and knew I would find a space for them. Turns out it only took me 11 years. Wow. I did hang these with nail, while breathing into a paper bag. 

The white frames in my gallery wall are from IKEA, Target and Walmart. I started hunting for anything that had a white frame and white mat. I wanted it to look put together but not have them all be the exact same frame. This gold frame is from IKEA, originally white, I got my spray paint out and it turned out really smooth.

Now, for my favorite piece on the wall. Mandy actually made this print for all the girls in our family. It is so fitting for me. I swear my kids will put the work "HUSTLE" on my grave stone. It's my WORD, man.

We are giving away 2 digital downloads of this custom HUSTLE print. 

Just comment on this blog post telling us a little about yourself! Anything really! Include your email so that we can contact you when you win!!

We are also giving one away on Instagram, so if you want to follow us there we are @epicincblog.


Gallery Wall: A "How To" Guide

Monday, August 4, 2014

I've always loved a good gallery wall.  I think it's an excellent way to display all the pretty things.  My favorite? Mixing objects with framed pictures.  I started collecting frames from the thrift store a couple years ago, and I slowly amassed a pretty good size collection.  Mine range in size from 5x7 to 11x14, and it's turned out to be a pretty good mix.

I have this ridiculously long wall in my living room, so I wanted my gallery wall to gently arc above the TV and span the majority of the wall.  I started by laying out all the frames on the floor.  Then, I arranged and rearranged.  Then I'd walk away, and come back a little later and rearrange again.  Add two frames and remove one.  Add the clock, then move it.  This was probably the hardest part for me -- figuring out the arrangement.  There's something that seems so permanent about putting a hole in the wall...when in reality its not that difficult to patch up.  Unless you have wallpaper.  But who even has wall paper?  Oh wait, I do.  Have I mentioned we're renting?  Just know this wallpaper is not my choice.  Nor the "fields of grain" wallpaper in my kitchen...however that's a different story for another day.

lay your frames out on the floor

After I settled on my arrangement, I actually numbered the glass in the frames with a dry erase marker because I knew I'd be hanging my frames over a day or two and I didn't want them to get mixed up.  In the end, this wasn't particularly helpful -- I took a picture of my final arrangement, then carefully stacked the frames in order.  I used the picture to lay out my frames again, once I was ready to hang them.  

epic inc blog hanging gallery wall

Next up, hanging the frames.  There are so many picture hanging tricks on pinterest, but lets be honest. 

ain't nobody got time for that

Toothpaste on the back of frames? Painters tape? Thumbtacks?  Cutting paper out in the shape of your frames? Please see above.  I recommend starting with your middle frames and working your way out.  Then eyeball it.  I mirrored the spacing as close as possible to what I had laid out on the floor, adjusting as I went.

You can see it changed a bit from what I had originally laid out on the floor.  After getting all of the frames hung, I took a picture and did a little photoshopping to see what to put in which frame.  

It's changed even from that, and here is the final result:

That's it! 

Come back Thursday for a gallery wall round up and a giveaway! 



Epic Fail Friday: The Tale of the Golden Triangles

Friday, August 1, 2014

While perusing the interwebs, I stumbled upon Urban Walls and I fell in love.  Every time I visited the site I had a new vision.  Plus signs!  Seeing stars!  Mini polka dots!  Triangles!  A few weeks later, some very similar vinyl decals came up on Brickyard Buffalo and I decided to go for it.  I decided on gold triangles.  My triangles came, then they sat on my desk.  Then I stuck them in a drawer so they wouldn't get bent out of shape by curious 3 year old hands.  Then I kind of forgot about it.  And by forgot about it, I mean "couldn't muster up the mental fortitude needed to do this project".

Months later, I decided it's go time.  I used painters tape to mark out potential patterns.  I tried using a cardboard square (that wasn't perfectly square...not a great plan for the pattern I was attempting).  I tried a tape measure.  I tried lots of things, but eventually got the blue painters tape more or less where I wanted it.  I wanted to be able to map out the pattern before committing to it with my lovely triangles.    

The first picture was my original pattern, but after Max's artistic input and busy hands, I settled on the pattern in the second picture, which I actually like much better than the first.  


My mom came up for the day, and we decided to tackle the gold triangles while the boys napped.  We removed the tape as we went, and replaced it with the vinyl.  You could see it taking shape!  I was falling in love.  

Finally, we finished.  The heavens opened.  Angels sang.  It was perfect.  

There's something about personalizing a space that makes me giddy.  Something about making it my own.  *Insert huge sigh* I loved it.  

10:30 rolls around and I peek in at Max before I went to bed.  Here's what I saw:  

So many swear words.  I know it's a wee bit dramatic, but I was crushed.  I was so excited about how this wall had turned out, and we didn't even make it 24 hours with it intact.  He had moved some triangles, and others he stacked on the side of his nightstand.  Others still were crumpled under his bed.  The next morning after he woke up, he told me he had fixed the triangles for me.

Face palm. 

But kind of cute, too. 

But more aggravating than cute. 

I was hoping that with how thin the vinyl was, his tiny fingers wouldn't be able to find purchase enough to rip them off.  Oh no.  I was sorely mistaken.  

I was able to peel the pile of triangles from his nightstand apart, and I actually reapplied them to the wall.  20 minutes into "naptime" later that day, and the triangles were even worse off after Max took more artistic liberties with the poor golden triangles.  With crushed spirits, I peeled off all of the triangles within his reach.  And eventually removed all of the triangles off of the wall, because if we're being honest, three rows of oddly spaced triangles at the top of the wall did not look cute or clever.  Swear words.  

So we're back to a naked white wall.  It's rather boring.  I'd love to get some stripes on there, or perhaps another cool pattern.  But it'd have to be paint.  Paint can't peel.  

*Double facepalm*



Have you had any epic fails recently, decor or otherwise?    

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