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 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.

42 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. Rachelle says:

      What is the color on the wall?

    3. Corey Willis says:

      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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  5. Katie says:

    Where’d you get your “Home is Wherever I’m With You” sign? I love it!

    1. Hi Katie! I actually made that and just realized that I never posted it on the blog for you all to print out! So I just put it on my list and should have it up in the next few weeks. Then you can have it for free! Sound good?

  6. Tara says:

    Can you please tell me what your wall color is in these pictures? I’m desperate to find the right light greige for my walls, and this looks just about perfect. Thanks!

    1. Hi Tara! I get this question a ton. The wall color is Mindful Grey by Sherwin Williams however I took the swatch to Home Depot and had them color match it with Glidden paint because it is cheaper and there isn’t a Sherwin Williams close to me. I did a post on picking the perfect greige paint that you may be interested in. You can check it out here. http://www.heytherehome.com/choose-perfect-greige-paint/ Let me know if you have any more questions. I’d be glad to help!

  7. Hi, love your gallery wall! I recently created a gallery wall with framed scrapbook for my living room. I just posted it on my blog. Visiting from 2014 Haven Newbies.on Facebook.

  8. Go you for planning! I just posted on my blog the other day about how I am never patient enough to do the good old planning stage! My gallery wall in my living room has been a work in progress for over a year, which is part of my issue with the patience. I just want it to be perfect already!

    1. I think as I’ve had so many fails, I’ve realized that a little time before starting can actually save me a ton of time on the back end. At 34, I’m finally getting the “work smarter, not harder” thing! Hahaha!

    1. Hahaha! That used to be me, but I am a serial changer of things and I got so tired of the disaster it created. This is totally worth the extra time. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Great tutorial! You do make things look so easy and the final wall looks really really good. Thanks for sharing Corey, I will be using these ideas in the future….

  10. That is awesome! I have been wanting to do a gallery wall in the stairway, but had no idea where to start…now I do. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend.

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  12. Oh man, if I took down my gallery wall, I’m pretty sure there are tons of nail holes from all of the wrong places we marked! I wish we would have done this method. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this at Project Inspired! I featured it this week.

  14. You make it look so easy…I’ll have to try it your way soon. Thanks for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot last week! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 7 EST! Excited to see what you’ve been up to!

    ~Ariean {http://onekriegerchick.com/}

  15. Hi Corey,
    Had to come see your blog from Frugal Crafty Home. Great tutorial! So often a gallery wall ends up looking cluttered but you’ve found the perfect balance. Thanks for the tips.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. I had to play around with it a bit to get it to the point that it didn’t look like too much. I’m not a fan of crowded spaces, but I’m loving the character that it added. Thanks so much for coming by!

  16. Love your gallery wall! Great tips too! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. Hope to see you this Tuesday too.

  17. Hi Corey, I saw this at Remodelaholic. It looks GREAT! I just did a gallery wall the same way (well, almost, I used wrapping paper). And that credenza is pretty sweet (and what an awesome deal you got too). Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Wrapping paper is a great idea too! The key is to plan it out for sure. Thank you for coming by!

  18. I love how this turned out, Corey! The frames are perfectly placed and the photos are beautiful! Looks like you and I were doing gallery walls in our homes on the same week! I’ll be featuring this post in the next Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing this with our readers!

  19. Great tips Corey! I usually do mine blindly and end up with extra holes in the wall (hopefully behind the pictures). I think your way is much better – pinning.

  20. Your gallery wall looks great and I love the system you have in place. I will definitely need to do that once we move. I get so impatient and am definitely guilty of putting more holes in the walls than are necessary. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thanks Katie! I’m excited for your move and all of the fun decorating you will get to do once you are in your new place!

  21. Thank you, this is an absolutely fabulous idea! It’s really hard to get all the pics right and then it’s annoying to see the wall and how it’s imperfect. Now I can be sure to get it right at once.

  22. Allison says:

    This looks great. I love the colors!

  23. Thanks so much for sharing this great wall hanging tip at our Link It or Lump It party. I know I always end up with 47 holes on the wall when I am hanging pictures, ha!

  24. It’s looking great Corey! Those pictures of the tinys are so cute!

    1. Thanks Toni. Pictures of the tinys make perfect art. Don’t you think?

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