I’m popping this post ever here from Petit Lapin because it’s a perfect fit here, too!
It’s no secret that I’m a little photography obsessed and take a gazillion pictures… and those pictures need a home! While most of these were framed – they were scattered around the house in small groupings. When we rearranged the living room for the one millionth time, I suddenly had this massive wall to fill and the perfect idea! I collected all of my framed pictures from around the house – including the ones that were hanging in the entry – and consolidated them into one spot.
Step one – clearing the space – almost. IT was my intention to leave the antler wreath (a DIY project – I just zip-tied naturally harvested (ie found on the ground) antlers to a wire wreath form.) right where it was – but it ended up relocating.
Then, using large pieces of paper (tissue paper, wrapping paper you’d like to get rid of, craft paper – or like I did – moving paper) make a template for every single frame. Lie the frame on the paper, trace and cut out. Then (super important!) mark where the hanging hardware is. That way, when you’re ready to put your nails in, the template is marked and there is no guessing! The yellow line on the wall was my “level line” – or the base line for the bottoms of each frame. I adjusted it after this picture so it was *actually* level. You could use yarn, ribbon or a chalk line if you have a buddy to help you snap it, or a laser level if you live in a house that doesn’t have pets obsessed with it.
Many of my frames are the same or similarly shaped – labeling each of the templates helped keep my layout in some what of an order. I played with the layout for an afternoon and the next morning – using painters tape to hold the templates to the wall and making a few adjustments as needed.
Then its time! The first frame hung! BEcause I had marked exactly where the nail needed to go, I was able to literally hammer through the template and then pull it off the wall and hang the picture. It was so fast!
Sweet Petite couldn’t help but want ot help – and be underfoot – the entire time. Of course.
Almost done — the frames are hung and I’m happy with the placement. I was still working with the placement of the amphersand, the antler wreath and the big art. And the big cat. He never stays where I’ve placed him.
By this point, the frames had been hung for a week and I was waiting on back up to help arrange the rest of the pieces. In the mean time, I spent a lovely Saturday morning (documented to Instagram) while everyone else was getting ready to leave the house, leveling the frames and sticking them to the wall with some double sided foam tape. I picked a brand/adhesion level that worked with my walls.
Ok – aaaaallmost done. I have a few holes that need to be filled, the wreath went to hte dining room and the ampersand was hung stage left. (Or is it stage right? I can’t ever remember…)
Ah! Love it! And between the time of the previous picture and getting the last three frames hung we acquired a new lamp. Because someone realized she was tall enough to reach the table lamp – and it went to lamp heaven. I’m totally loving it. It’s got a little room to grow with more art or (lets be honest) a canvas or two.
From a little different angle…
And here you can see that it’s not perfectly flush – some of the frames are much deeper or hang away from the wall.
So in love with it! And way less painful than I psyched myself into believing! Also, now I don’t feel guilty when I give my photography clients a hard time about not having their photos on the walls! Do you have a gallery wall in your house? Does it incorporate other art and objects with the pictures?
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