I have been envious of YHL’s gallery wall since they first began putting it together over a month ago. Check out the finish product that they just posted here. With the intention of creating a gallery wall down the road, I have been collecting white frames at Ikea, HomeGoods, and Christmas Tree Shops, as well as trying my hand at doctoring old mismatched frames with Rustoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint.
my first attempt was not as successful as i had hoped….when I went to check on the frames after drying, i noticed that spider cracks were everywhere. I believe this was a result of me leaving the frames to dry overnight in too cold temps (it got into the 30s without me really thinking about it), and spraying too thick of a coat instead of several light coats holding the spray bottle as far away as it says. Anyways, I ended up sanding the cracks down and re-trying today with much more success.
I originally wanted to do my gallery wall on our downstairs hallway since it seemed the most logical place, but I was concerned about the width of our hallways. YHL fills their downstairs hallway, but they are lucky enough to have 5′ hallways. I am not. Finally, I settled upon our upstairs hallway. Although the same width, the half wall and staircase on one side makes it feel much more open (in my opinion anyways).
Here is the before:
In their tutorial, YHL recommends cutting newspaper templates of each frame and taping them onto the wall to help visualize how each item will look without nailing them all up and figuring out after that you don’t like it.
Here is the view from our bedroom:
I am very glad that I followed their advice as I actually ended up switching a couple templates and shifting things around from the original placement that I taped onto the wall.
Here is the view from the other side of the hallway:
eventually, I would like to do this on the other side of the bathroom door as well, but frames can be $$$ so i am collecting them little by little as i go!
When I was finally satisfied with the balance of the templates on the wall, I laid out the frames in the order of the templates just to make sure that the various colors and styles of frames meshed well. I ended up making a couple adjustments at this point as well.
I know this seems like a lot of work for a little gallery wall, but it would have been A LOT more work to get everything up on the wall and then realize that i would have liked everything shifted.
Even Jack was exhausted just watching me:
FINALLY, it was time to nail everything up!
i love the way it turned out.
i ended up using a variety of different items from around the house. Everything from the maps we used on our honeymoon in Italy:
to leftover fabric scraps from our DIY curtains, a picture of Epcot at Disney World that was given to me when I left the management team in 2008:
a shadowbox of the leftover invitation suite from our wedding:
to Alton Brown tickets from a show we attended in 2006:
this gallery wall is definitely a work in progress as I know i will be adding to it and expanding to the other side of the doorway eventually. What do you think so far? Have you tried to replicate YHL’s gallery wall anywhere yet?