It’s finally finished! I’m so sorry I kept you waiting so long. We actually finished this last weekend but the sun and I have not managed to be at home at the same time this week! It was quite a struggle getting these pictures to look anything other than ‘dingy’ so for that I apologise!
However, I have to say, now that it’s done, I can’t stop popping my head around the corner to take a sneaky peek. I love that some of our happiest memories are now on display reminding us of those special moments day in, day out.
I am so happy with the final result. It is quite a step out of my comfort zone if I’m honest and is much ‘busier’ than anything else we’ve done in our home. It did take a few days of ‘getting used to.’ I think a Gallery Wall is quite a personal statement but I think that’s why I have decided I love everything about it, from the pictures of our loved ones to the selection of frames we have chosen, to the words and messages we have included.
I did plan the layout quite carefully which made the final step of actually hanging the pictures much more bearable than I had imagined. I had decided to go for a largely rectangular outline which I wanted to fill with frames.
I started by sticking masking tape on the wall around the area I wanted to cover with pictures. I then measured the space and gathered together all the frames I planned to use. I re-created the outline on our bedroom floor using more masking tape and placed the frames inside the template playing around with them until I had a layout with which we felt happy.
I then used a fantastic technique I first saw on ‘Bless’er House’ blog to finalise the wall. I got an old roll of wrapping paper and cut around each of the frames producing a template for each one. I turned the frame over and marked the spot where the hook would need to be placed on the wall. Finally, I took a photo of the layout and used it to help me transfer the cut-outs onto the kitchen wall using blu-tak. I played around with the spacing until I felt it was right and then we hammered the hooks in straight through the paper using the marks to guide us.
It wasn’t a five minute job but we were prepared for that. I hung several of the smaller frames using command picture hanging strips to minimise the number of holes we would be left with in the wall. After all, this will all be coming down again in a few months when the kitchen renovation gets going so the fewer holes there are to fill, the better.
I’m so glad I planned it out as the process of actually getting the pictures on the wall was relatively pain-free and didn’t take that long. This meant I was able to do most of it myself with just a guiding eye to tell me that everything was straight etc.
If nothing else, there is no doubting that a gallery wall is an expression of your personality and I love that about it. When I see one in someone else’s home, I’m always drawn to it, it is such a great way to learn a little bit more about that family – a little glimpse of what they love, what’s important to them and how they live. Perhaps the best thing is that those pictures can all be changed and updated whenever the mood strikes so it can evolve with us as our lives move on.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I would love to hear about it in the comments or you could send me a picture by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook or Twitter. I have also just set up an Instagram account so follow me there at @homeheartharmony or follow along on Pinterest.
PS. You can see my Instagram Gallery Stairwell here.
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