Gallery Wall
July 2, 2012, 10:00 am
Filed under: Before and (Cr)after, How to

This is something I have wanted to do for AGES. I love the look of a gallery wall, and have been collecting small prints for years hoping to one day find the perfect spot to put one up.

Back in June, I bought Mike an original Lamar Sorrento painting for his birthday. We knew we wanted it over the couch, but it was a bit small, so we decided to do a gallery wall with that painting as the focal point.

First we gathered some of our favorite framed prints from around the house.

Next, I measured out the amount of space I wanted the gallery wall to fill. I didn’t want it to be overwhelming, so I kept it the same width as the couch. I taped out that amount of space on the floor so that I could figure out my layout.

Mike was working late that night, and I must have texted him a dozen pictures of slightly different variations of the layout below. He humored me, and gave his opinion on each one.

Once I had the layout figured out, I made templates of each frame and taped them to the wall. I also marked exactly where the nails should go, so that I could simply nail through the paper, then remove the template and hang the picture.

And Voila! The template/nailing method worked PERFECTLY. We’re so happy with how this turned out!

And in case you’re curious, here is what we have in our gallery wall:

1. “The Spaces in Between” by Kecky on Etsy.

2. Beatles folk art painting by Lamar Sorrento.

3. Mike brought this print back for me from San Francisco last year. I have the artist’s name written down somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. If anyone knows who’s work this is, let me know!!

4. “Campfire Calaveras” by Mis Nopales Art on Etsy.

5. “Good People Drink Good Beer” by Lucius Art on Etsy. This was another birthday present for Mike this year!

6. Instagram Plaques

7. “Love What You Do” by The Wheatfield on Etsy.

8. Ticket Box

9. Sketch of the Commercial Appeal newsroom (local Memphis paper) done in 1977 by Bill Garner (thanks for the tip, Elizabeth!). Mike has worked at the paper since college.

10. “Monte Carlo” metal sign. This was previously in Mike’s kitchen. One of the things I liked about the wall was the variety of depths, and that’s the main reason I used this. It could possibly be replaced in the future if we buy a new print.

11. My favorite picture of me and Mike, from Thanksgiving 2010.

12. A photo I took on top of Notre Dame in 2007.

13. Framed gig poster from Mike’s old band, Spin Room. This was LONG before we knew each other, but this gig just happened to occur on my birthday!

14. “It Had to Be You” by Lisa Chow on Etsy. This was a Valentine’s Day gift from Mike this year.

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This is exactly what I’m trying to do in my lounge except we rent so can’t hammer in nails. We do have a picture rail but it’s hard to get several ‘steps’ or levels of art without the hooks and wires all getting tangled. I will definitely be using your template method though – great idea and nice work on your galley wall it looks fab!


Comment by Maddy

Have you tried those velcro 3M strips? I use them for hanging pictures all the time and it never harms the wall. They hold a great deal too.

Comment by Lori

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