When you first walk into our house, we have a nice, sunny office
right off the entryway.
What I don't love is the big blank wall that [until just recently] greeted
visitors when they arrived.
When we first moved in, I had a big shelving unit there that looked all right, but was a magnet for clutter.
A few months ago I swapped out the shelves for this sweet dresser.
It was hefty enough to anchor the wall, be a focal point for the room, and
hide store all the clutter.
My problem was the giant expanse of wall above it:
I tried leaning frames against the wall as a temporary solution.
It worked all right, but it was just okay.
Still too much space up top for my taste.
I love our high ceilings but they made utilizing the space a challenge without having some ginormous piece of furniture or a colossal china hutch weighing down the room.
Enter gallery wall.
I really didn't want to spend much of anything, and like many of you out there who enjoy decorating/thrifting/repurposing,
I'm a bit of a hoarder I keep things that I might need later. ;)
So, I set out shopping the house and got to work.
I started by taking all the objects that I thought might be "contenders" for the wall, and tracing them onto kraft paper.
From there, I played around with placement of those things on the wall using painter's tape, and made sure to label each piece so I could further visualize what was going where.
This way, I could reposition the objects any way I wanted and not worry about putting unnecessary holes in the wall or peeling paint with regular tape.
When I found an arrangement I felt happy with, I left the paper hanging there for a couple days to get used to it and make sure I liked it.
When it came time to hang, I measured where the nail should go based on the hanging hardware on the back of each item, then put my nail right over top of the kraft paper.
I'm the first to admit I'm not perfect, and
neither are my skillz. So this method proved helpful when my
measurement was off - I was able to see right away that I needed to re-place the nail.[See how the edge of the frame and the edge of the kraft paper don't match up?]
When the hanger was in the right place, I just tore the kraft paper off, leaving the nail
in the wall. Piece of cake!
And the final result...
I still have some tweaking to do with the accessories on the tabletop, but overall I'm super
pleased with the way the wall turned out!