Our Official Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall by Girl in the Garage

For a while I thought I had a gallery wall in my living room.  Of course I didn’t really know how to make a gallery wall, so I made my best guess and hung some pictures.  It served its purpose for over a year until I started seeing pictures of other people’s gorgeous displays and I realized mine wasn’t that great.  Also I still had a ton of unused space on the wall and many, many pictures needing frames and a place to be shown off.

My former gallery wall:

Gallery wall "Before" by Girl in the Garage

As you may remember, I’m in the middle of redecorating my living room and one of my goals is to add pops of color.  The first area that I worked on was an awkward entryway where I painted a large mirror to add some fun drama.  I decided to use the same paint to update a few small Goodwill frames for my wall.

Picture frames before painting - Girl in the Garage

Because these were simple frames, they didn’t have anything on the back for hanging.  They were also too thin to nail anything into, so I used my handy super glue and attached sawtooth hangers into the back- I ended up having to do this for four frames (three small and one medium), and I’m happy to say that after a week the super glue is still holding strong!

Super glue hook to back of frame for hanging - Girl in the Garage

Then I measured the area above the couch where the gallery would be and marked the floor with handweights on the sides and placed the largest frames in the middle to determine height.  Then I started laying out all the pictures on the floor.  I had to move things around and take a few pictures away that just didn’t fit well.  I remembered reading somewhere (Martha Stewart?) that one way to do a gallery wall is to leave a horizontal “line” open to separate the upper and lower frames – mine is about 2 inches.

Floor layout of gallery wall - Girl in the Garage

(Yes there is a kids playhouse in our living room, did you notice it before I said anything?)

Then I measured the middle of the wall over the couch and started hanging my pictures, beginning with the middle frames in the top row.  I worked down and over on the right side and finished with the left side.

Gallery wall, left side - Girl in the Garage
Besides the family photos above, there is also an art print of Marie Antionette and her children which I purchased while visiting Versailles a few years ago.  I think there’s an ironic calmness to the picture considering the Queen’s fate many years later.  (I told you I am obsessed with anything French!)

Gallery wall, right side - Girl in the Garage

Again- more family photos (including one of our engagement pictures and a few more of our boys) and an artist’s depiction of the palace of Versailles in approx. 1668.

Full view gallery wall by Girl in the Garage

I really like how the painted frames add subtle pops of color – and I found a matching pillow at Target.  (My plan is to also make a few pillows- so be on the lookout for a future tutorial!)

There are many different ways to make a gallery wall in your home- whether you have a large or small space available, you can make it work!  Experiment with different arrangements on the floor before you commit, and remember you can make any frame work by using a few DIY skills.

         I hope you enjoyed this part of my living room makeover- see you soon for more tips and inspiration!


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15 Comments on Our Official Gallery Wall

  1. Sherry
    February 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Your gallery wall turned out lovely! I’m really liking the pops of color you added. One of my favorite colors. Your wedding photo is gorgeous!!! I want to do a gallery wall up the wall on our staircase but cannot decide if I want it all black and white photos or not…
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    • Jen
      February 14, 2013 at 9:18 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Sherry! Good luck with your wall, I’m sure it will look great. The most important thing is just to include your favorite pictures whether or not you have them all black and white. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Roxana
    February 14, 2013 at 6:14 am (5 years ago)

    It really changed things up! Great gallery. Your wedding photo is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the glue and hangers. 🙂
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    • Jen
      February 14, 2013 at 9:19 am (5 years ago)

      Roxana, glad you stopped by- thanks for the compliment!

  3. Morena
    February 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Great job! It took me a year but I finally got my gallery wall up, too. I love it!

    • Jen
      February 15, 2013 at 10:18 am (5 years ago)

      Morena, I agree- however long it takes, it’s definitely worth doing! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Kitty
    February 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm (5 years ago)

    Your wall turned out great!!

    • Jen
      February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Kitty! 🙂

    • Jen
      February 16, 2013 at 8:20 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Alexis! Happy I could help, and I’m glad you stopped by. 🙂

    • Jen
      February 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Jocie, glad you stopped by! Yeah, I kinda like that one too. 😉

  5. Alena@TheHomemadeCreative
    July 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm (5 years ago)

    We recently moved into a new home, and all of our walls are still devoid of decoration. Even the Mexican pottery sunburst my husband gave me when we first got married, which has been displayed in every home we’ve lived in over the six years since then, is still in a box! What can I say? This was our first move with a baby, and I’ve been a little preoccupied, haha *wink* Anyway, you’ve inspired me! We have a huge expanse of blank wall over our couch, just screaming for a gallery display. I love the empty horizontal line idea, by the way. It looks very nice! Thanks for the great post ♥
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