To say this weekend was filled with storms is the least. Besides our grass growing a few inches taller and staying stuck in the house almost all weekend, I had to clean up several times after ourselves (mostly the dogs) due to our muddy paws. Well, and, shoes. This inspired me to continue my tidying process with the KonMari Method I have been using for other parts of the room. I have finally organized my closet and a few rooms, and now…photos!
I’m getting rid of a few photos (I can hear a lot of you gasping right now) that have caused too much clutter. If I find them joyful enough, I will either frame it, keep it in a book, or upload it on to my computer. I actually wasn’t able to finish the entire process since photos take a whole lot of reflecting and reminiscing. But, do I really need a picture of my first apartment’s kitchen sink? I’ll let you all answer that.
I wanted to finally get on to do one of my Pinterest projects (that’s what a lot of people start off saying), so I sucked it up and went out thrifting for my first attempt at a gallery wall.
I collected various frames, big, small, all under $5 was the goal. I went to local, hidden thrift shops, then to other obvious, larger stores like Goodwill. I was pretty surprised at how even if I went to a TJMaxx, I needed to spend $8 for a pretty frame that went with my living room decor. Before I started putting those frames in my cart, I left the store and went on to another store to find inexpensive ones, and it worked.
What you’ll need:
-blue painter’s tape
-decorative items (mirrors, photos, antiques, etc)
Before going out to shop, I had already written down what I wanted, according to the little bit of decor I already had in my living room. If you want to stick with an inexpensive gallery wall project, make sure to go around with what you already have. For example, I had already scoped out that I had at least five gold items in my living room area.
Once I knew I wanted to accent my wall with gold, I picked out any sizes of golden frames I could find. I knew I wanted a mismatched wall: round frames, square frames, mirrors, and a few darker items. It would still have an eccentric but put-together feel. Also, decide if you should buy big frames; it may not be worth it if you want to put your gallery wall on a very tiny wall. Plan it out at least three times before stepping out of the house to go shopping.
Next, lay out the frames on the floor. Take pictures of different designs you would like so you don’t forget to go back if you need to. Move the frames around. Do you want a circular form that comes together? A horizontal look that may resemble a more modern feel?
Next, and something I don’t have photos of, try using blue painter’s tape before nailing your frames to the wall. To do this, just trace the frames on tissue paper (preferably brown so you can see pencil marks better, like a brown paper bag) so that you will have the shapes of each frame. Cut them out and tape them on the wall so that you can actually see your gallery before putting a bunch of holes in your wall. Rearrange as needed. I actually needed to look at it from a lot of angles to make sure it was well-proportioned.
Stella needed to help push some frames around to make sure they were well-aligned, of course.
Grab the rest of your materials.
Once you’re satisfied, start hanging! This is my almost-finished product (still missing some frames, price tags still on, and photos are obsolete).
It was a lot of fun rearranging different designs, and even more fun knowing that you can DIY your house for less than $20 on a rainy weekend. Have you tried making a gallery wall? I would love to see some photos! Our next gallery wall will be our bedroom area. Thanks for reading!