When we moved in here almost 2 years ago (wow, has it really been that long?) I made a frame wall down our hallway.
At the time, I used Command hooks and tape “because I didn’t want to do any damage to the walls.” Want to see what happens to walls when you use Command tape?
It ain’t pretty. Turns out when the place was built, they never PAINTED THE WALLS. They only primed them…which lead to the above catastrophe. I was on such a DIY kick when the Fireman was gone for training that I decided I should take down all the pictures and rehang them with nails (it was a project really far down on my list that I just didn’t want to tackle).
Can you see why? I mean, seriously, WHAT IS THIS?
Once they were all down, I patched the walls using Premium Grade Patch and Paint Lightweight Spackling. It was awesomely light and fluffy, almost like a mousse. It dried super quickly and adhered really well to the walls. After the walls were patched and sanded, I used some leftover white paint to cover them all up.
This was prepaint, but you can see how much spackling there was to tackle.
The one thing that I hadn’t liked about the frame wall before was that I was unable to take frames down and switch pictures around if I wanted to, plus let’s face it…I hoard frames like a fat kid hoards cake. So once I gathered all of my frames and pictures, I started playing around with arrangements, laid out on the floor like last time.
Easiest way to do this is to measure out your wall space and fit in what you want. It’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle. To mark where the frames went, I used this technique with butcher paper. Verdict: probably easier with two people. It kept falling on me and I may have had a mini meltdown when IT JUST WOULDN’T STICK. Basically, I decided I’m just never going to make another frame wall again. (That was a total lie. I love frame walls.)
Once the paper was up and the nails were in, I hung the frames up…
So much better!
You’ll see that I turned two empty frames into clothesline frames (is there such a thing, or did I just make that term up?). I simply stuck thumbtacks into the sides, strung some twine, and used baby clothespins from Walmart (the same pins I used to make jewelry holders in my sister’s bathroom). I’m also still totally obsessed with my canvas art.
I’m super excited to be able to switch up our wall art now & actually have pictures of myself up. #photographerfail
Have you ever done a gallery wall? Any tips, tricks, etc? Lemme know!!