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Gallery Wall: Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Or, "How I should have made a Gallery Wall" 

You will see a lot of SHOULDs in this post, because I did a lot of learning by doing, and hit a speed bump when my work was destroyed halfway through the process. 

To a certain dog who shall remain anonymous... you know what you did. You are not forgiven.

Meet my down stairs hall-


Wap, wap wah. So boring I didn't even take its picture in my "progress" update last year! In my quest to eradicate a house-full of huge blank walls, I went looking for inspiration, and ended up drooling over great gallery wall arrangements like these-
Do you see the camouflaged thermostat? ha! 



I loved the cool, artsy pictures and objects put together in crisp white frames, that together make a beautiful (and BIG) statement. As I mentioned before, I suffer from Naked Wall Syndrome, so this was a pretty good challenge for me. :)

I Got Busy
Supplies:
  • Frames of your choice
  • Spray paint in desired color (if necessary)
  • Nails or Command Strips in appropriate sizes (they go by weight, I think the ones I used were rated for 0-4lbs)
  • Paper for layout mock ups
Step 1. Herd up some Doggies Frames. The nice thing about frames is that everybody's got them lying around. Sometimes a little scrounging will produce a wall full! I had quite a collection already, so I didn't have to buy any new ones. I really liked the all white look,  so I sprayed all the frames a few nice coats with some trusty Rust-Oleum Semi Gloss White.
I Got Sad
During the spray painting phase, something... unfortunate happened. 


My stupid dog (hostility intended) took off with half of the frames, and ATE THEM O_o.  


My drop cloth waving in the breeze was apparently too much temptation for Mr. Cooper. I SHOULD have known. I SHOULD also have taken a picture of the scene of the crime, but I was too mad. This is a reliable illustration of the look on my face.
Cooper's little escapade not only threw off my whole arrangement, but once I'd bought replacement frames, I realized my pictures didn't fit in the new frames the same way. Oy.

Ok, getting past step one.

Step 2. Arrange the Affair. Decide on a layout for your gorgeous pictures. I went with a basic rectangular layout that would fill the long wall. There's a handy resource for well balanced layout options here  from Ann Beck Photography.





 Step 3.  Do As I Say, Not As I Do. I SHOULD have made paper templates of the frames and taped them up on the wall, like I did for the plate wall, and  like they did at Young House Love for their gallery wall.
Instead, I measured out a rectangle with string and painter's tape to mark where my frames would go. Then I laid them out on the floor and hung the center one as a sort of anchor for the rest of the arrangement.

I started working on this at Christmas, and it's still not finished!



I Got Sticky
Here's where the lack of templating really came back to bite me.  No matter what, things always ALWAYS look different on the actual wall than they do on the floor.

Once I got all the frames up, I realized the small frames just did not work in the big space, and took them all down, leaving gaps in odd places.

Faced with shifting everything and adding new frames, not to mention new holes, I switched to these bad boys- Command Picture Hanging Strips .


My new best friends. 


One strip sticks to the picture frame, the other to the wall. And they interlock with a sort of plastic velcro teeth. The back of the package shows how to properly place them on the frame backs. Easy peasy.

Here's how it looked after the frame swapping-





I need to add a few more frames to the right side and bottom. And then figure out what to put in them :). So for now, I'm sitting on it, waiting for inspiration to hit. As for budget, including the replacement frames, pics I printed out, and the spray paint, this project came out to about $10. 

<3 Alyssa

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P.S. See that patch of white spackle in the top right corner of that last pic? There's some BIG changes going on over here! In fact it's the biggest project we've done since moving in. Stay tuned!

P.S.S. Ok, Cooper, maaaybe I forgive you. 

Nope, not yet.

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