Monday, June 13, 2011

Gallery Wall

When you first walk into our house, we have a nice, sunny office
right off the entryway.
It has pretty french doors and I love it.
(see the doors, ignore the mess :) )

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?]

Much better.

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!


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  1. a. love it.
    b. please come decorate my home.
    c. now i'm curious about 965...

  2. Oh, ha! It's just our house number... I had that one final frame to fill and I didn't want another photo... so I just printed out our house number since it's the first home Mark and I purchased together.


  3. This turned out SO good - I LOVE IT! :) I also love the pieces you have on the dresser to go with it, but not on the wall. great, great job! Link it over at Saturday Spotlight! :)

  4. K those pictures are SO FREAKIN cute! This is the best idea, thanks for sharing! I found you from Vintage Wanna Bee, and I am definitely going to follow!

  5. Looks great! New follower.

  6. What a pretty art gallery! A well done art gaery just makes the room so much better!

  7. It looks great! I love the different size and textures of your pieces. The tip to hang the gallery is wonderful! Thank you!

  8. Makes me want to find a wall in my house and copy this pretty much exactly the way you did it. Well, I might use pictures of my family and the letter F, but other than that, exactly the same.

  9. What, you got somethin' against my fam, Em? :)
    Hee. Thanks!

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  11. It looks wonderful! I'm right in the middle of working on a gallery wall thanks for the tips!

  12. This is absolutely Fabulous! I am working on a wall photo collage and this is going to definitely help me out!! Thank you for sharing! Wanted to let you know that I am sharing this tutorial with my lovelies today! Feel free to check it out!

    Thank you again~ Have a {Marvelous} Monday!


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  13. Love your gallery wall and thanks for sharing your tips. I am usually too impatient to plan it out and just start putting things up, but I am definitely going to try this way after seeing yours.

  14. Hey Emily,

    You did a great job on your gallery wall mama. Seriously it was kinda naked before, hehe, and now it looks so finished. I love the way you walked us through al the steps.

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party :)
    I loved this so much, I featured you girl!
    Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

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  15. What an absolutely adorable DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!