Acute How-To: Gallery Wall

A gallery wall of pictures is a fantastic and inexpensive way to brighten up a blank wall in your home.

If you are like me, then you probably have stacks of photos and prints that you have been meaning to frame for years. 

When we moved into our new house last summer {can you tell I am a little behind??} I planned to create a gallery of photos and prints in our boring, white-walled hallway.  I decided to do all black and white photos in white frames to give the wall a coherent look.   

What you will need:

  • framed photos and prints {I was able to find a lot of super cheap frames at my local thrift store.  Since I wanted all white, I just spray painted them.  I love how most of the frames are different, yet the white color ties them all together.}
  • blue painter’s tape
  • measuring tape
  • nails or hooks for hanging {I used 3M removable hooks for the smaller frames.}

Step One:

Measure and tape off a section of the wall.

Step Two:

Measure the frames and mark with tape where each will go on the wall.

{If you are a picture hanging pro, you can skip this step, but I wanted to get a good idea of what the wall would look like before I started adding the hooks and nails.}

Step Three:

Hang your framed photos and prints. 

I created this simple picture hanging helper by hammering a long nail through a stick of wood.  Then I hung the frame off the front of the nail and marked on the wall just where each nail should go.  This little trick definitely helped cut down on my mistakes!

That’s it – super easy and versatile.  As the seasons change or you get new pictures and prints, you can easily swap them into the gallery wall. 

 

4 thoughts on “Acute How-To: Gallery Wall

  1. I’d been wanting to do this for a while and finally did it earlier this year. We went from having had around 3 or 4 pictures up [for about 5 years] to somehting liike 17 or 18 in a day. I was worried at first that it would feel too busy, that I’d never get used to it but – 3 months on … it’s just part of the house.

    [My gallery wall is in this post: http://notesonpaper.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-month-in-numbers-2011-february.html if you want to see].

    Julie

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