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! 



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