Monday, March 14, 2011

Gallery wall - done!

A little while ago, I was looking for inspiration for a gallery wall in our living room (you can see the original post here). I thought the room needed a little modern kick to balance out some of the more traditional art we have in the room.

To start I bought a whole whack of black frames and figured I could work with them one way or another!  From there I laid out kraft paper (actually packing paper we had left over from our move), and placed the frames on top of the paper in the arrangement I wanted.


Once all the frames were laid out, I traced around them with pencil. This worked...sort of. If I was to do it again, I would make sure there was cardboard or another hard surface under the paper to make it easier to trace onto (doing it ontop of carpet isn't the easiest thing!).  Once I traced (ripped) the paper around the frames, I removed the frames and taped the paper up onto the wall. This gave a roadmap for the frame placement. I nailed right over top of the paper to ensure the frames would hang where I wanted them to. Then I ripped the paper off the wall, and voila - all the hooks were ready for their frames!

I selected a variety of photos from some of my husband and my favourite travel places.  Unfortunately I made a bit of a goof on the photo selction and really wanted to use the photo in the bottom right corner. It is veritcal instead of horizontal, so I added an extra small frame on the left side and moved the bottom left frame down a bit. I think it worked out - here's the finished product:




7 comments:

Kelly said...

Yay! Looks awesome!

christine, just bella said...

I love gallery walls. My grandma always had one in her hallway - such a great way to display family photos. Yours look awesome!

Amy R. said...

Great job! I think gallery walls can be difficult. I have one, but the pictures are constantly shifting because we open and close the door to the mudroom constantly. I should have used a less active wall:)

modern jane said...

A frustrating and time consumming task..:) Looks so great though!

amy walters said...

This turned out really great! Looks lovely ;)

emily said...

It looks great!

Kerry said...

LOVE IT! We're going to be doing a gallery wall of "travel" related prints and photos in our basement. My cup of tea print that I shared last week (representing england) and B's sisters drawing (representing Mexico) will be the stars... but I also have a beautiful water colour of the spanish steps that I bought in Rome!

I laughed a bit at the part where you said you traced (ripped) around the frames... 100% something I would do hahaha! :)

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