A Perfect Gallery Wall {on the first attempt}

Now that I have the credenza for my entry way, the ball was a-rollin’ in this space and a Gallery Wall was in order!  If you missed the amazing deal that I got on this vintage credenza you have to read about it…I’ll wait.

I’ve been eyeing all of those lovely gallery walls on Pinterest for some time and couldn’t wait to try one for myself and put some of my favorite family photos on the wall.  Family photos make the perfect wall art because they are personal, inexpensive, and well…who doesn’t love looking at their own kiddos?

  I used to be guilty of poking way too many holes in the wall cause I could never get my pictures hung right the first time, but now I have a system.  It does require a few more steps, but trust me, you will be way less frustrated and love the result.  So today I’m going to share with you how to install a perfect gallery wall on your first attempt!

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Ready to get started?

gallery wallThe first thing you will need to do is take all of the frames that you plan to use and lay them out on the floor.  Play around with the configuration until you like what you see.  I do this right in front of the wall that I will be hanging the pictures on so that I can see how wide I’m getting.  If this isn’t possible you may want to take measurements and tape off a square on your floor to guide you.

Once you have decided which frames you will be using,  label each different sized frame with a number.  So if you have 2 of the same size they will both get the same number.

Then trace the frame onto a piece of newspaper with a black marker, cut it out, and label it with the same number that you gave the frame.  Do this for each frame.

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Now, with painter’s tape, tape each of your pieces of newspaper (cut to the sizes of your frames) to the wall in the configuration that you decided on before.  Don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time.  Just eyeball the spacing and how level they are.

Once you get it the way you want it, walk away.  Go do other stuff but walk by it every so often and see if you still like it.  If there is something that bugs you now, it will bug you even more once there is a hole in the wall.  I actually left my newspaper up for a day or two, partly because my projects are done little by little (I have kiddos) and partly because I wanted to make sure I got it right.

Once it is just the way you want it, level each piece of newspaper and make sure the spacing between frames is correct.

You can absolutely hang pictures the old fashioned way, but I have to tell you that this Hang and Level Picture Hanging Tool** has been one of my favorite purchases ever!  It allows you to get the picture right where you want it and mark the hole perfectly every time regardless of how far the hook is from the edge of the frame.

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So using my Picture Hanging Tool**, I held up each frame to be exactly on top of my piece of corresponding newspaper (cause I already leveled the paper,) and marked my nail hole.

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Then I hammered the nail in right through the newspaper before taking the newspaper off of the wall.

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Then I hung each frame.

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Then I stood back and took it all in!

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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

40 thoughts on “A Perfect Gallery Wall {on the first attempt}

  1. Dolly Barrios says:

    Color on wall?

    1. That is requisite grey by sherwin williams.

  2. Wannabe crafty says:

    What color greige do you have on your walla? I read your article with tips which I found really helpful but didn’t see which one you used.

  3. That tool is genius! Your kiddos are too sweet, and I love that credenza! Great gallery

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