I have been in a mood lately. A rearranging mood. This can be a dangerous mood to be in when you have to live with someone else or when you have other things you should be doing (like working out). However, this mood also helps you get organized, keep things fresh, and gives you a project to do.
I decided to change things up in the living room. Since getting the piano, I was feeling like there was just way to much furniture in the living area. Between the couch, dining room table, piano, entertainment center, and two bookcases, it was getting a bit cluttered. So the bookcases have found a new home in the office. Because of this, the office is on it’s way to becoming more organized which means it’s closer to being complete! Win-win! I know, I say that a lot. I just like to be efficient.
Anyhoo…To fill up the giant wall behind the TV without causing more clutter I decided to put together a gallery wall! I am SO happy with the results and every time I walk into the room, I smile a little bit. I know, I’m weird.
I thought I would give you step by step guide of how to put one together without putting a bunch of nail holes in your wall.
At christmas time I bought a huge roll of brown kraft wrapping paper from Amazon that I used for wrapping presents but have discovered many other ways to use it. One of these uses is planning out a gallery wall.
Once you have most of your frames collected, trace each one on to the paper and then cut it out. Line it up on the back of the matching frame.
With your finger, find where the frame will be hanging from the nail. Whether that be a sawtooth hanger, a hook, or a lip in the frame. Then with a sharpie, mark that spot.
Now is the fun part, arranging them all on the wall. By doing the paper step, you are able to move things around to find the best balance of frame sizes and make sure they are perfectly straight before putting nails into the wall. There’s not really a formula to frame arranging, it’s just about finding a balance between the size of your wall and the assortment of frames you have. When you have the perfect arrangement and everything is straight, its time to put the nails in. The nice part is you know right where to put them because you already marked it on the paper! Once you have the nail in, just rip the paper off (the nail will stay in place) and hang your frame!
Here it is complete:
The blue painting on the left my sister Lindee did for me. She’s pretty darn amazing.
I also did some rearranging of the shelves on our entertainment center.
And now my rearranging mood is satisfied.