Last December, Pete and I spent a few days in New York. We’d been before but had never explored Brooklyn, such a treasure trove of independent shops. On our travels, I spied a box of New Yorker magazine postcards and had an idea to make them into a gallery wall. How, when and where was another question.
Fast forward 6 months, still no gallery wall. This is one of the reasons (money aside) our renovation project will take forever. I am just SO slow. It’s not through lack of interest. I love tinkering away on bits and bobs and of course, nothing ever looks worse does it? Whatever we do to our home we often wonder why it took us so long.
With Pete being away recently for work, it was time to rummage through the postcards and decide which would make the gallery wall shortlist. I knew all 30 would be too many so opted for 9 of my favourites and then organised them into a grid layout. You can collate by colour or perhaps theme, whatever works best.
I decided to hang the gallery wall in our office. It’s the first DIY project we undertook, converting our littlest 4th bedroom. Back then I had no idea about styling or co-ordinating colours. Apart from a triumphant dark grey paint (in a teeny room oh yes!) that we still love, everything else is a mishmash of colour riot.
I’m slowly making my way through all the bits and bobs to give it a more cohesive approach and thought the gallery wall would be the best place to start. I picked up some £1 frames from Tiger (seriously, how good are those shops for cheap bits and bobs!). The frames are only available in black so but trusty Rustoleum white spray paint came up trumps.
To make hanging as quick and easy as possible, I used Command Strips. These along with spray paint are my new addiction. It means that I can get busy hanging without a hammer and nails. Win win! You can use a spirit level if you want but I didn’t. And what do you think of the finished result? It really brightens up this back wall and looks so much better than the two rather lonely prints there before.
Now, if only I could get on with the rest of the house…
Do you have a gallery wall? What tips do you have for perfecting it?