and then she snapped: I made a gallery wall! All by myself!

I made a gallery wall! All by myself!

And seriously people, if I can do it, you can do it! First thing I did was gather up all the black frames from around the house (and one silvery mirror) and laid them out generally how I thought I might want to arrange them on the dining room table, then I bought a few more black frames and rearranged the frames on the dining room table. This went on for about a week.

Finally, I eyeballed where I wanted the "center line" to be (even though it's not really in the center) and then I put some 2" blue painters' tape along that line. I used my level as I put the tape up to make sure that it was straight. Then I took the frames that I wanted on the bottom row and measured from the top of each frame down to where the hook was, so that I could measure down from the tape line on the wall and mark where my nail needed to be so that when I hung the frame the top of the frame would line up with the bottom of my tape line. For the top (or maybe I should say middle) row I measured from the bottom of the frame up to the hook so that the bottom of the frame would line up with the top of my tape line. (make sense?) Finally, I filled in with the smaller frames along the top, just kind of eyeballing where I'd want them to go, then marking where the top of the frame should be on the wall, and then measuring down to the hook and placing the nail accordingly. OMG I am totally confusing myself with my directions, but seriously, it was pretty easy, just give it a shot.

Once all the frames were up I put photos in the ones that needed them or changed out ones that I didn't really like on the wall. I still have a few left to do, but you definitely get the idea. I finished each frame off with some of that wall putty (or poster tack) stuff on the bottom two corners of each frame because I cannot be having my gorgeous gallery wall getting all crooked everytime somebody (like Camden) slams the front door.

And finally...here's the (almost) finished product!




I even made my own subway art EXACTLY like something I saw on pinterest with all of our birthdays in black, and Chris and my anniversary in white. (The font is called Modern No 20 if you're curious like I was).



 I am completely in love with how it turned out. I think it totally makes the room look finished and I wish I would have done it years ago! What do you think? Do you have a gallery wall in your house? Are you going to do one now?

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30 comments:

  1. OH I LOVE THIS!
    After Christmas, I want to do this! We have a wall with NOTHING on it.

    ps. I LOVE the birthdays/anniversary frame, so going to do that as well (if you don't mind of coarse) Such a cute idea!

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  2. It looks great. I do have a photo wall as well. I love it.

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  3. We have a wall that is well on it's way to looking like that! I love pictures!! :-)

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  4. I totally love this! I don't know where I could put my gallery wall, but I would love it! Yours looks beautiful!

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  5. this is awesome! I'm hopefully going to do this once I get my own room! :)

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  6. It looks wonderful! I've sorta got the beginnings of one on the go, right now. Maybe not so much of a collage effect, but more of a 'museum' gallery style. I've yet to have any of my own photos displayed on my walls, and figured it's about time ;)

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  7. looks good! I have one with our canvas photos. where did you get that red leather ottoman? must have...

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  8. great job! it looks perfect! I want to do one wall gallery at home as well!

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  9. Nicely done!
    And I like the new look of the site.

    I'm going to do a gallery wall in December for our entrance. We have a very bare wall that is begging for pictures.

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  10. I do have a gallery wall in my living room :) mainly of my photos of my family but quite similar.. :)

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  11. looks awesome! p.s. i kinda helped...

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  12. It turned out great! I have been looking at a ton of ideas on gallery walls. Can't wait to have one of my own.

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  13. Nice! And the explanation totally makes sense after looking at the photos...and is really helpful!

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  14. I love this and I like subway art too..thanks for the font info.


    I do have gallery wall and I enjoy looking at pics whenever I pass by....you will enjoy yours too. you can checkout my wall here

    http://nayanadonga.blogspot.com/2011/07/photo-wall-again.html

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  15. Very nice! The subway art is a nice touch to add to all the great photo memories.

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  16. Super pretty. Now what do I have to do to "make the wall"?

    And love the new blog header.

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  17. What a great feature wall!! Good job!

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  18. I LOVE this! I have absolutely all my wall space used up with photo frames placed like this, but not as many (4 here, 5 there) I wish I had taken the plunge and put a whole bunch up like this. It's quite hard to change now though as I would be left with holes in my wall from taking out hooks.
    Really stunning though. Well done.

    jackspapermoon.blogspot.com

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  19. Great job!!! I love it. Much more organized than mine was! o_O

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  20. I love, love love it!!! Awesome. I want to do this but probably would not be able to do it. Ha ha. I love your new header too. Who did it?

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  21. ahhh.. you're too smart.. i love the anniversary/birthday piece! and the mirror! all look great!!

    <3xojo

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  22. that looks great!! good work mama and lkove the added birthday piece!

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  23. Ohhhh la la! I like muy mucho! It turned out divine! Feeling even more inspired to get cracking on my own wall!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  24. you're right, it looks great! (came over to see from i<3 org) Love the comment about putty to hold pics in line! I straighten pictures in places I have no business touching them! (can you say compulsive??) Will be back to visit again!

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  25. It looks great. I do have a photo wall as well. I love it.

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