Years ago, one of my friends had the most exquisite gallery wall going up her stairs.  I’m super picky.  I hate gallery walls where there’s a gap that’s bigger between some pictures than others, or it’s not perfectly even on the wall.  It’s just really irritating to me.  So when I saw hers, I thought “This is what I want!”  I asked her to tell me how she went about doing it and she shared her tricks with me.  I have to say, it worked like a charm!

How to make a gallery wall  www.slipnotdesigns.wordpress.comHere’s the steps to how you can make a perfect gallery wall.  First, I found a of different frames.  I went to Hobby Lobby to their clearance section and found a bunch I loved.  I didn’t care about the color, I was just looking for interesting frames with different textures.  I have to say that I tried resale shops, Goodwill and Salvation Army but no luck.  So clearance at Hobby Lobby was still a great deal.  At this point, I also needed to know what pictures I wanted in them so I could find the correct sizes.  Nothing is more irritating than coming home with an 8×10 frame and realizing I needed an 11×14!  Also, I tried to find chunkier 5×7 frames and skinnier 8×10 and 11×14 frames so they would have a similar overall size, even though the pictures were different sizes.  I thought it would look awkward to have some tiny frames and some huge.   Can you imagine a skinny 5×7 frame with a super chunky 11×14?  It would look really off in my opinion!

I took them home and spray painted them all black and distressed them.

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At this point I needed to add hanging hardware to them because a lot of them didn’t have it.  Go figure!

Then, I inserted the pic into the frame.  This is really important so you know the orientation for the frames when you’re designing you layout.  I started playing with it, laying them all out on the ground and trying to figure out the best way to organize them.  I read once that it’s best to visually make a rectangle with the outside of the frames and arrange them within that.  I liked that look, with a bit of offset in the upper corner, so that’s what I did.

Also, I was putting mine above a long side table kind of piece.  So I measured that to have an idea of the amount of space I wanted it to take up.  After I got it the way I wanted it on the floor, I took a bunch of pics so I would remember what went where…and I texted them to all my good friends who would honestly tell me if it looked like junk!

Then I measured the height and width of the entire floor collage so I could center that on the space where I was placing it.  I also measured the entire space where I was hanging them and decided how much space I wanted above and below the gallery and also on either side.  I didn’t want to get them all up and realize it was way too high or it wasn’t centered on the side table.  I traced each frame onto a paper bag and then taped those onto the wall where the collage was going to be.  I knew the dimensions from my floor layout, so I taped the corner ones on first, after I measured.  I also used a level, because I thought it would drive me batty to see them two inches higher on one side.  Then I filled the middle ones in front there.  I removed and retaped until it was absolutely perfect. Then I began removing one at a time and hanging the corresponding picture in it’s place.  (Please excuse the grainy picture.  I was taking it at night looooong before my blogging days).

How to make a gallery wall

I have to admit that once I got them nailed and hanging, some of them were a little off, so I had to move the nails a bit to get them to my liking.  If I ever take it down, I’m going to have to fill a ton of holes and repaint for sure!  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I’ll be happy to help if I can.  I know this is a bit involved.  Honestly, I had the frames ready to go for months and didn’t do it because I was afraid to pull the trigger.  But I promise if you spend the time to really plan it out, you won’t regret the finished product.  If you decided to do a gallery wall, I’d love to see your finished product!

How to make a gallery wall

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