Home Decor Project: Gallery Wall

The first time I ever saw a gallery wall was on Pinterest (of course) and I fell in love (Young House Love has an incredible tutorial on this as well). I went on a pinning spree of ideas, knowing I wanted something like that in our new house.

See, because I take pictures everywhere, we had a million picture frames hung about the house. They seemed scattered and disjointed so I wanted to unify them to tell our story.

The project started by rounding up all of said picture frames (mostly still in boxes at the time).

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I then took all of the pictures out of their frames to prep for painting. The main thing, I think, that makes the gallery wall so dynamic is the uniformity of the frames. So I decided to take all of our odds and ends frames and paint them all white.

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Before painting I brought all of the frames out to the back porch, laid out a drop cloth (which felt reminiscent of a Dexter kill scene), and taped all of the frames that I needed to be extra careful painting.

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I spray painted 3 white coats on every frame…until I ran out of spray paint. Ugh.

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Because I am not one to leave a project unfinished, I found our all purpose white paint (so glad we bought that!) and hand painted the rest of the bare frames.

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I left everything outside to dry for 2-3 hours. When the frames were dry I brought them inside and laid them out on our office floor to get an idea of size/shape of our frame wall.

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I put all of the pictures back in and arranged the frames on the floor in the way we wanted to hang them.

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Then we got started on the gallery wall!

It took a lot of measuring and leveling.

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In progress!

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It also took a lot of mounting tape.

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And we had to tear off the backs of most of the frames to get them to hang right on the wall.

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But in the end it was worth it because it looks really good.

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I think it’s off to a great start and can’t wait to add to it!

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What do you think??

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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14 Responses to Home Decor Project: Gallery Wall

  1. Ann says:

    Wow – I think it’s awesome! I would have never thought to do something like that!

  2. aweightymix says:

    That looks really cute!! Can’t wait to see how it looks when you add even more. :) Make sure you post photos!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Wow, what a lot of work! It must be super rewarding though – looks great.

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  4. hfopblog says:

    Kim!!!!!! Way to go!!!! It looks FANTASTIC!! I’m totally showcasing your handiwork on my blog tomorrow!!!!!!!! :)

  5. 577lane says:

    Great Inspiration ! Painting the frames one color really unifies the wall – Well Done !

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