The Gallery wall. I have Pintrest to blame for this small obsession. As soon as a saw the 2 story staircase in our house I knew I wanted to cover the walls with a random assortment of frames. Unfortunately, I thought this project was going to be much simpler than what it turned out to be.
It all started with the frames. A quick stop by the Pottery Barn Outlet on a early July weekend got me 5 out of the 6 frames in a Pottery Barn Gallery in a Box set for $20 (set retails at $129). We stopped at a big thrift store on the way home bought 18 more frames for $30. I came home from my shopping trip and and laid them all out on the office floor in the layout that I wanted. I wanted to bring in some more color, so I bought spray paint in Moss Green, Purple and Turquoise and choose 2 or 3 frames to be spray painted in those colors.
And there they sat for weeks, I ordered pictures and filled the frames but left them on the office floor. It seemed like such a huge undertaking, all the measuring and aligning and color coordinating. I was completely overwhelmed by the task and kept delaying it for weeks. This weekend I reached my limit, realizing that my house is not a museum and that I don't care if it's not perfect, if it's not exactly aligned or centered.
I started by marking the limits of where I wanted the gallery wall to start and end. I chose to start at the same height as the stair's handrail and for the frames to reach approximately 45 inches from that point. I cut out outlines of the frames on craft paper, marking where the nails would hang from and taped them on the wall inside the outline. I played with the paper cutouts a bit until I achieved the look I wanted.
I hung all of the frames on the nails that had been previously placed and noticed a couple of holes in the frame arrangement. Off to IKEA I went early on a Sunday morning, in search of 4 or 5 frames to finish the damn gallery wall.
A couple of hours and $30 later, I went back to the wall to move some pieces around and make sure that the 5 RIBBA frames I bought at IKEA were evenly distributed in the layout.
The finished gallery wall is a bit narcissistic but filled with great memories of our travels in the U.S. and around the world. Empty frames are motivations to add to our travels.
We have a great new view as we climb up the stairs. It's bright and cheery and the frames add a lively spice to the otherwise blah staircase.