The inspiration to join the crafty world of DIY stemmed from all the free time I had when I was unemployed and from the many home style blogs I subscribe to. Recently I noticed a trend on these home life blogs - gallery walls. It seems like every blogger with a hammer is busy nailing clusters of frames into walls. A quick search on Pinterest for Gallery Walls will prove this by displaying hundreds of images. Here are a several that stood out:
For the first gallery wall I bought cheap frames of all sizes from different thrift stores, separated the glass from the frame, cleaned the glass, and spray painted the frames. I chose to use a uniform color just to make my life easier and I chose a simple white to let whatever I framed be the focal point.
Then I framed photos (mostly ones that I took from our recent trip to Colombia), decorative paper, and even a piece of traditional fabric from Mexico.
To hang them I used the conventional level-and-a-pencil method but I've seen some people get real creative and trace their frames on poster board/newspaper/butcher paper, cut out the shapes, and then tape those shapes onto the walls first, hammer the nail directly into the paper, tear the paper away from the wall, and then hang the frame. This method seems to work best if you want to plan exactly how the frames are going to be hung, that way you have something to look at before you actually start putting holes into your walls. I just went with the flow and hung them frame by frame.
As far as gallery walls go it's on the smaller side but it works for the space. I may add more frames to the top and have it extend all the way to the ceiling or I might just leave it as is for now. Since we are renting I don't feel compelled to put more holes into the wall or invest more time into this particular project. When we own a home I'd love to have a gallery wall like the one on the top right and/or bottom left of the collage I made above. So for now this will suffice.
The overall project took a few hours but seeing the final product was totally worth it. It's definitely a conversation starter and the most popular decor item in our house. And having so many photos displayed without having to put holes in the wall is a huge plus!
It's been over two months since we stuck all these photos on the wall and they're still holding up nicely. Since we only used tape it's easy to switch out the old photos for new ones, especially since we're always taking pictures and putting them on Instagram. The photos we remove from the wall would fit nicely in a scrapbook (who am I kidding, I've never made a scrapbook) or photo album.
Thanks for reading, now go create something!