Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DIY Gallery Wall

We've lived in our home for almost 3 years now and for those almost 3 years our entry way has looked like this.

Pretty blah, right? That is until I read the book Young House Love {243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, and Show Your Home Some Love} which  gave me the inspiration I needed to perk up that area of our house. I went with tip #117 (found on page 168) which was Master a Few Framing Arrangements.  Although I'm no stranger to the gallery wall style (we have one in our craft room/guest bedroom as well as one in our living room) I wanted to go a bit more bold with this one, going for an asymmetrical style layout, filled with mirrors, framed photos, and  happy sayings.

We had a ton of frames already on hand but I set out to Goodwill to see what else I could find and after that I headed to Walmart (mainly because they were right across the street from each other).  At the end of the day I was left with a mix of all sorts of framed goodies.

Before hanging anything on the wall I laid everything out until I got the asymmetrical design I was going for.  It also helps to snap some pics while laying everything out, so you can use it as a reference before hanging them up.  Taking pics also helped in my case where I was going to have to spray paint some of the frames to give them a more unified look.

I went with Oil Rubbed Bronze Krylon spray paint and I couldn't have been happier with the results. Once all the frames were dry it was time to hang them up.  Using the previous pics I snapped as a guide (switching up the design just a little bit) I hammered in the nails, hung up the new photos, mirrors, and artwork and viola!

Big difference right?! Here's the before and after.

We're totally digging the new gallery wall in our entry way. It definitely helps that area blend in with the rest of the house. I have high hopes of finding a super cute table to place under the frames but I'm hoping it won't take another 3 years for that to happen.


  1. I love your gallery layout. It looks very classy and welcoming!

  2. Very nice job Erika! I just picked up YHL book yesterday at their book signing in Palo Alto and I think #117 Gallery Wall is my first home tackle from the book so I'm looking for inspiration. :-) Do you have photos posted of your other gallery collections you've mentioned?
    Happy to have met you!

  3. Ohh I love this!! Looks fabulous!
    Thanks for linking up at Artsy Corner. You were featured today! :)


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