Recently I decided that my living room needed a facelift. This was accomplished by hanging a photo gallery on wall, new couch cushions, and a new rug.
I had been seeing all these gallery walls on Pinterest and got my inspiration from them. Some walls had all the same size frames and all the same color. Others were a random mess of any color and size they happened to have available. I decided what I wanted was somewhere in between.
Goodwill provided me with 7 different frames for under $1 each (I used 3 that I had on hand as well), and Lowe’s was the place to buy spray paint. My living room is green and tan, with brown and red accents, so the colors I bought were red, brown and cream.
Here is the wall that needed a face lift. It’s just okay. Nothing real spectacular on the wall, the couch cushions were old and faded. (It was used on someone’s porch for who knows how long, before I bought it for our first home). You can also see the blue rug which matches nothing else in that room.
Painting the frames and finding photos for them was the easiest part. Now I have 10 photo frames, plus the 2 candle holders with S’s in them to hang up and I didn’t want to write on my wall, nor did I want a hundred nail holes.
How to hang a Photo Gallery on Wall:
I always save packing paper, so I laid out a piece the same size as the area of wall I wanted to hang my frames on, and started laying out the frames. I ended up adding a small piece to one section because the frames went higher there. The best advice I can give you at this point, is to make sure your edges are straight and your corners square.
Once your frames are laid out the way you want them, use a marker to outline the frames and then mark where you need to put nails. I did this before I painted my frames and I suggest you do as well. The marker WILL get on your frames no matter how hard you try. Or maybe I’m just messy. 😉
Next, use packing tape to attach your paper to the wall. This is a two person job, and you want to make sure the paper is squared on the wall. I used the chair rail and measured up, but normally you would measure down from the ceiling. (Unless your ceiling isn’t square.)
It worked like a charm! I had a problem with one of the candle holders though. The first place I put it on the paper didn’t look right, so I moved it and thought that was the end of the problem. No. I ended up pounding 3 more holes before that silly thing looked right! Fortunately they were right beside the other holes from what was hanging there before, so it wasn’t a huge pain to fill them.
The candles that had been in my candle holders were a very faded burgundy. So rather than go out and buy new ones, I just painted the old ones! After all, it’s not like I’m ever going to burn them. 🙂
I found the cushions I wanted at Lowe’s on sale (score!) and several years ago I had used old scraps to crochet rugs. I had kept the red one and it looks great at our front door now. I love how my living room looks now, and hubby will sit in his chair and look at it and say the same thing. ~That man knows how to make me happy!
One more photo; If you walk in my house, the first thing you see is a lovely bookcase that hubby built me, and secondly the huge mirror that my mom etched. Now in the mirror you see my photo gallery wall as well!