Have you ever made a gallery wall and made about what feels like 100 more holes than you intended to? Sigh, me too. If you haven't, congrats! You are one of the smarter ones! BUT! You can definitely be one of the smarter ones. You probably have a good idea by now that I am indeed one of those people that has committed such a crime with a hammer and nails! Thankfully, I learned my lesson on my first attempt at a gallery wall and couldn't bear to think of putting that many holes in my wall EVER AGAIN! Who wants to get out the spackle and wall paint anyway?! I'm guessing nobody, but especially when you are in a rental. There are two steps in this process that are ever so crucial, and require your patience as well as thought. Can you take a stab at what those are?! I will just tell you. The first important step is taking the time to trace each frame or object that your heart desires to be placed on your wall onto brown kraft paper or poster board. It is tedious, yes. But you have to be tedious to get things right the first time. Do it once, and do it right. Then you cut out each shape you have whether it is an object, mirror, or framed art. This part is so key, my friends. Once everything is cut out, get your pencil and start labeling each cut-out. For example, mine might say "Bear - white frame", or "Small gold mirror", and I do this so that I don't place all the black frames next to each other, so everything is spread out. If your frames are all one color, then it doesn't matter. Okay, and I admit I really do forget what each item is while I am placing. The second crucial part of this process is taking the time to think and map out the best layout for said frames/objects. I like to do this with painters tape so it doesn't remove your wall paint! This is also tedious because you are arranging, and rearranging. No one said it would be fast! Tape some up and group together, and then take a step back and see how they look side by side. This is why the poster board or kraft paper is so key because it gives you an idea of how it will look since each cut out is the exact same size of what you traced. You can also catch yourself from putting all pictures together on one side and quotes on the other. But if you like it that way, great. I just like an even spread. I will also add that I like having a mix of horizantal and vertical items too. It's like arranging a puzzle. Except imagine each puzzle piece 2-3 inches apart at MOST. Any more than that, then they look like they are randmonly floating in space with no gravity keeping things close. Corny? Probably. But I always want to fix these things when I see people spacing 4-5 inches. EEEEEK, I just want it to look great for you! I always stick with about 2 or 2.5 by preference.
Once you have your wall mapped out, it's that time to get the hammer and nails. If you are a renter like me, I have to be cautious about what time I choose to start these projects. Neighbors are not a fan. This part is the easy part! You just hammer a nail either where the painters tape is (if it's in the center of the cut-out) or a little ways down depending on where the hardware is on the actual frame or object. This is by far the step that takes barely any time. I was so bad with taking a before picture of my own gallery wall, but of course you can bet I took one of my mom's that we did! I am going to get better at remembering. Promise. Here is what you will need:
Here is a glimpse of my place and a before and after of my mom's.