I have been wanting to do this project for quite a while but I was waiting until we re-painted and added the board & batten wainscotting first (that's a whole other post.) Anyway, we finally did and I got to do my gallery wall. It was a perfect wall display for a picture-lover like me!
First, I printed several of my fav images in b&w (for cohesiveness.) Then, I went to (grimace) WalMart and got a bunch of their super cheap wooden frames (like $3 for an 8x10 cheap!) If you are looking for quality, those frames are not for you but if you are needing lots of frames and can't afford to spend a couple hundred bucks, they are a great option! Anyway, I would suggest first choosing what sizes you would like to hang and then buying the frames and prints. I kinda did things backwards ;)
Then I used my usual template method for hanging my display. Only this time, I took a short cut and used the papers that come in the frames as templates instead of cutting ones to the size of the frames. I would not recommend this since it doesn't give accurate dimensions of the frame size.
Anyway, I hung the paper and re-arranged it until I got them how I wanted.
(sorry for the super terrible picture...)
Then I hung the frames where I had the templates. I had to re-adjust a few due to my little 'short cut.'
I like how it turned out though I wish I would have spaced them out a bit more (yet another consequence of my 'short cut.') I may spread them out if I have some free time to burn one day...but for now they are staying.
I love looking at this wall now, especially with the b&b wainscotting. I was so tired of the display I had up for the past 4 years so this is a nice change :)
Here is a cell phone pic from a bit further away. The paint color looks darker and bluer in this pic...just ignore that.
It also looks like I need to spead them out on the left end but it doesn't look like that from straight on. I may still mess with it.
I hope to post about the changes we have made to the living room soon but I need to finish some decorating. There are still some things I would like to do in there. :)