Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Staircase Gallery Wall

I really dragged my feet on this one..so many decisions! I finally just laid out all of the {Ribba} frames I had been hoarding picked up at Ikea(last November) to get an idea of what I wanted to do. Obviously this wasn't working--maybe for a flat wall but not for a staircase.
I cut out templates the same size as my frames (and the K) and started putting them up on the wall with painters tape.  This really helped me visualize how the wall would look.  I learned this method from the amazing Young House Lovers.
The plan was to measure the distance on the back of the frame to the hanging apparatus on the frame (this varies from frame to frame), then transfer your measurements onto the template on the wall and mark an "x".  Hammer the nail right through the template on the "x" and then remove the template, you've got a perfectly placed nail waiting for your frame. We used a combination of a few methods for hanging our frames but this one was helpful to learn.
Drawing it out on a piece of paper also helped me remember where we were going to put everything because our templates quickly fell down (that's what happens when you go away during the process).
 I swear it was the leprechauns.
We tried out the template method with our first frame,
making sure the nail was level
and then checking...always checking!
Yay! One down...err..up!
 For keyhole type hangers like this one, we used a piece of painters tape and marked the holes right through the tape.
Put the tape on the wall where you want to hang your object,
Checking that it's level, make the holes in the wall and remove the tape.
 The larger frames came with clips and wire for hanging.
We should have paid more attention to the instructions when putting the backing back into the frame after wiring it up..because....
{It didn't break on my lap but I was holding all of the broken pieces waiting for a bag to dispose of them properly..yikes!}
Big shards of glass=scary!
 From then on, it went pretty smoothly with the frames going up.  The frames themselves are extremely slippery and a few popped off of the wall so we brought in reinforcements.
The velcro Command strips really helped stabilize the frames.
We hung the frames up before we had the photos for them.(and I even loved them that way!)
The photos were another big decision and I had a lot to go through. I tried to pick a variety of family photos from big events, everyday moments, trips and just favorite shots.  My handy dandy drawing also helped with this and ordering the correct size for each photo and frame. 
I had to take a trip to Ikea(mentioned here) to get a few more frames and then the photos arrived (I used Shutterfly).
 It was really getting exciting now!
 This was one of the frames that broke so we had to replace it (and check the level again). That part of the wall is a little wonky too.   The chewing gum-looking stuff on the wall was museum putty that we used until I could pick up the Command strips.  It worked but you could see it because the frames are black and the putty is light.
 A close up of some of the photos.  I was going to do black and white to make it more unified but I'm so glad I kept them in color.  They go together well, I think because they are all outdoor photos (except one).  I didn't plan the colors or anything as involved as that.

The wall and carpeting are so neutral that the colors really pop on the wall and give it a lot of interest that it was desperately lacking.  I was going to paint the "K" black to go with the frames but I really like how picks up the red of the curtains in our dining room so I think I might keep it that way.
Now that we've got one gallery wall under our belts, we are ready to conquer some other walls in the house...maybe an all black & white one this time?
We shall see...
How about you guys, any gallery walls in your future (or present)?
Let's hear the details!!
*My heart is hurting for our country, the people of Boston, the runners, their families and our first responders.  Really there are no words.*

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Jules said...

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE your gallery wall. The black frames with the color pictures are just perfect and that big pop of red with the K is a fabulous finishing touch. Thanks for all the pointers on your hanging methods. Now if you and your hubby could just fly to TX for the weekend and help me with mine everything would be just PERFECT!!!! I have Zach's pictures taken every year right around his birthday - he just turned twelve. I had most of them hanging before I moved, but I really want to jazz them up with a new arrangement and I am definitely thinking a big "Z"...especially since we call him that a lot. Thank you so much for sharing it is just fantastic!

scrappymo! said...

This looks wonderful...having done a photowall, i can attest for how hard it can be to get it balanced and well designed. You have done a marvelous job and it looks wonderful!

Dawn Gross said...

Looks great! I like the red K!


Unknown said...

Love this look! I have photos displayed in many different ways thru the house. I think my fav is a grouping of long gallery shelves where I have a rotating collection of my BW photos in black frames propped up in whatever order and arrangement that pleases me. All different shapes and sizes

Katie said...

I LOVE it!!! It looks so fabulous, and I love that you kept the K red and the pictures in color. Everything really pops so beautifully!

PS. All that glass was really scary! But at least you got to go to Ikea because of it ;)

Paula Parrish said...

Your photo wall looks absolutely fabulous, Nice Work. ;o)

Anonymous said...

You guys did an awesome job. Such care and precision. It paid off cause it looks great. When I did my gallery wall I attacked it like I do every project. Grabbed the hammer and a bunch of nails and started hanging or should I say banging nails into the wall. My hubby cringes and gets outa my way. You guys are an inspiration. Stoppin by from Wow us Wed. Blessings! Wanda

Bliss said...

My husband would love if I would do calculations before I made 4 holes to get one frame hung in the right spot. But enough about frames, I'm also liking that wainscoting going up the stairs.


Debbiedoos said...

This looks great Heather. I love how you both worked together on this and had a preplan. I am pinning this:)

Morgan said...

I like the red K! :) You art wall looks awesome. The frames are pretty and of course the pictures of your loved ones are the best part.

Yolanda Ronaldo said...

I love this! We would love to do something like this in our house but will probably never get around to it...

Jenna said...

Your gallery wall is so pretty! I love the K in the middle of it all! The way you arranged all the frames looks great! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Krista Aasen said...

Love the gallery wall... I am always a huge fan of a monogram. Aren't Ikea Ribba frames totally fab? Thanks for sharing,
Krista @thehappyhousie

The Thriftiness Miss said...

I love the wall! It looks so pretty. LOVE the scrap paper picture templates you made. Fabulous way to make sure you've got the right look :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you're enjoying your week so far.

Cherished Handmade Treasures said...

Love your photo wall. Thanks so much for linking up to the Whatever Wednesday Party. Already a follower of your terrific blog. :)

Cherished Handmade Treasures

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

Very nice job.......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

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The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

What a WONDERFUL Job...applause!!!! TFS...hugs...

Anonymous said...

What an accomplishment--your picture wall looks amazing! It almost makes me wish for a two-story house...

Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday.

Naperville Now said...

a great gallery wall -- turned out wonderfully.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love a wall gallery and yours is fabulous. Great tutorial for how to hang too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Jenny said...

What a Wonderful collection of photographs for your Wall...

I really love the template idea and those velcro strips Work Wildly Well...

A Wonderful post for the letter W...

Thanks for sharing this With us!


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Awesome post!

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