… I know, we’re super-original with this one. 😉 But, you guys, I’ve been wanting to hang one in our house for awhile – and maybe because we just finished our stairway (basically, we all know there’s always room for touch-ups) and got married (!), now seemed like the right time.
So, indulge me as I offer you unsolicited tips for creating one in your home too. You’re welcome. 🙂
For us, it all started with the blank wall leading up to our bedroom. We choose the side of the wall with more visibility, in case anyone other than us wanted to look at the photos – and I tell you, there will be tens of people. Best part about a big, empty wall like this one ↑? It’s the perfect canvas to create a look that works for you and your home. You should certainly feel free to make adjustments as you go, we sure did!
But before we got to work, here are a few tools we had handy:
- Tape measure
- Picture hooks
- Adhesive mounting squares
You’ll likely notice Jeff’s different outfits throughout this post – while it’s his dream to start a men’s fashion blog 😉 – for gallery wall purposes, it’s because we hung all the frames in three separate phases. Why did we do it that way? For us, we’ve found it’s easier to start a project, live with it a few days, and then add, expand and adjust! We started with three of the larger frames we’d actually had for awhile – originally thinking we’d use them in our living room, before realizing they weren’t the right fit. We hung the largest frame, which holds an 11×14 print (a wedding present!), in the center of our stairway in a diagonal line. We planned for this print to serve as the main focal point of the wall. From there, we measured two inches at an angle of the frame and then hung one 8×10 frame on either side.
To ensure the frames were spaced evenly, Jeff measured from the hanger on the back of the frame, or where the hanging wire was the highest, and then added two inches in each direction off the adjacent frames. He then marked the spot on the wall with a pencil – easy to erase – where the nail hole needed to go, nailed picture hooks into the wall, hung the frame, and lastly, used a level to ensure the frames hung correctly. The nail holes are very small, so if you need to move a nail, luckily it won’t leave much of any noticeable hole in the wall. Trust us, we know.
The three frames can be found at Ikea, here. From there, we packed up shop for the day and decided to live with this simple arrangement for a week or two, before moving onto the next batch of frames we’d been slowly amassing for this purpose. When we came back to the wall, we had five frames to hang – and again, these we’re all ones we’d collected over the past few months in anticipation of assembling a gallery wall.
So this phase was a little trickier, because unlike last time, the frames were varying sizes and colors. I wish I could tell you we had an elaborate plan for how we laid out the wall, but in all honesty, we merely bounced ideas off each other (never without raising our voices, of course 😉 ), held frames up in different spots, and then adjusted accordingly.
Like last time, all frames were spaced two inches apart, on either side or, or above the center frames. This is where we stopped the second phase of the project, and decided we needed to do a little shopping (if I must) for some additional frames to add to the wall.
The frames in the photo above, can be found at:
- Shutterfly – they make it simple to customize their ready made frames – with the two white 8×10 frames we were able to incorporate photos from our honeymoon!
- Target – the two brown 4×6 frames feature a few throwbacks from our younger years, weren’t we cute?
- Crate & Barrel – the white 5×7 frame fit perfectly with a favorite engagement photo of ours.
And last, but certainly not least, we added a few more frames – again, in varying shades of brown or wood stain – before feeling confident with the overall look of the wall.
Handy trick: once you’re sure you like the placement of the frames, use adhesive mounting squares on one corner of each frame to ensure they won’t move if bumped.
We found the new frames at Pottery Barn – two 5×5’s and one with three 4×6 photos. We also added two of the same Target frames we used earlier. The finished project! ↑
As you can see, we didn’t have a perfect plan going into this project, and while we love how it looks right now, I’m confident the wall will see many changes in the years to come. For a gallery wall, I think that’s just how it should be!
Have any questions? Feel free to send them my way, I’ll kindly pass them on to Jeff. 🙂