Hey guys, thanks for catching up this week. Insanity has been insane to say the least, but staying strong and kicking goals. This week has been crazy busy, but since moving in to this apartment, I have been constantly trying to find ways to save money while still being stylish. I've been meaning to post about my killer gallery wall, but somehow it's always fallen to the wayside. I'm a Pinterest fiend and I'm always trying to find the best ways to do things without taking a million hours to do them because to me, time is money.
One of my proudest accomplishments is creating our gallery wall in the living room. Our walls are super massive and bare. In terms of originally decorating with artwork, it was really on the expensive side for what I was wanting and I wanted the focal point to be somewhat personal to us. After doing a ton of research combined with a going with the flow mindset, I'm glad I've finally got around to post about this little gem.
How To Start Your Gallery Wall
The most important choice to make when starting your gallery wall is deciding how big of a space you want to cover. You can always worry about the layout later, but when buying supplies, you should have a mental image of what you aspire it to look like. Next, it's time to start getting the supplies.
Like any gallery wall, I needed a large variety of frames. The smallest print I chose was 5X7 as I still wanted the photos to be visible from multiple views in the room. As most Pinterest posts show, Goodwill and other thrift stores are your best bet. I was skeptical y'all, but they are there! All the frames I bought were $2.99 and under. Another awesome place to find great frames are yard sales, even better when it's a moving sale. I knew the frames were all going to be spray painted one color, so I paid the most attention to texture as that's where the real game changer is.
When picking frames, I didn't have a set number in mind or size. You can always utilize extra frames elsewhere in the house and just pick out the ones you like. I became really picky when it came to the color spray paint I wanted to use. I knew the theme of my apartment was grey and gold so I went for an antique gold and tested out as many as possible. Most spray paints do the same job as long as you leave the paint to dry and of course, remove the glass and mat before spraying.
- Variety of frames
- Spray paint of your choosing
- Command Strips
- Photo Prints
Here is the best part where you get a chance to be creative. I knew I wanted to exhibit our travels and life, so I picked a black and white theme while still accentuating the vibrancy in our life. I originally intended on having a full gallery wall of pictures with monogram letters of Matt and I's initials, but when I saw this artwork featuring my favorite quote, I knew I had to find a way to incorporate it. Different pieces of fun, cheap artwork combined with prints bring a whole new element to it all. Once I picked my frames, I wrote down the sizes and picked my favorite pictures and assigned them each to a frame. I printed a couple extra because they're like 50 cents each and once again, totally reusable. Target One Hour Photo is everything! Feel free to fill your frames with quotes, prints, whatever makes you happy.
Once you have everything you need, this is where I veered from the perfectionists. After all, it's a gallery wall. Nothing is meant to be perfect and symmetrical. When I think of gallery walls, I find them to be perfectly imperfect. I set them all up on the floor with a general layout in front of the wall. I adjusted and readjusted until it looked awesome on the floor. I would take pics from above on my phone to get an idea of how it would look.
One by one, I handed a frame to my boyfriend and we started from the left going right, eyeballing it as we went. To make sure it was even, we rested a level on the top of each frame before firmly pressing down with the awesome command strips. Just like that, the gallery wall was completed!
The Cost Breakdown
- Frames- $15 based on a variety of thrift stores and yard sales
- Spray Paint- $5 at Michaels
- Command Strips- $20
- Photos- $10
- Wooden Quote- $40
I didn't include the clock in the price because ultimately, had never intended it to be a part of the wall. However, if you do love the clock, it was a bargain for $17 at Ross.
There you go! Gallery wall at your fingertips. I hope you love it as much as I do and tune in Thursday for some more fun stuff!