Thursday, January 3, 2013

diy: center line grid gallery wall

Since Shawn and I have been off work for two weeks, we have had a lot of time to get some things done around the house {much to his dismay, I'm sure, since he's the brawn of the operation}.
One thing I've wanted to do for a while was to redo the gallery wall in our living room.
Below is the best "before" picture I could find.
Our gallery wall was a series of picture frames, display boxes and floating shelves. And it's been this way for nearly five years.
So yeah, definitely time for a change.

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{before}
 

A search on Pinterest revealed an overwhelming amount of gorgeous gallery walls people had created.
But I stumbled across these gallery wall grids and I decided to use the Center Line Grid below to help me organize the items I wanted to use in my gallery wall.
 
Source: fresh100.com via Holly on Pinterest
{I used the Center Line Grid to create my gallery wall}
 
Shawn used painter's tape to create the center line, then it was time to design the layout.
There was a lot of trial and error.
My sister got me a set of 10 picture frames in various sizes for Christmas, so I knew I wanted a lot of picture frames in the gallery wall, as well as the display boxes.
Because our wine rack was already on the wall, I decided to make it part of the design, and build out from there. 


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And after much measuring, leveling, bickering about where to put things and bouts of frustration when trying to hang things, we ended up with this:


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{after. Don't mind the empty frames - I'm ordering pics to go in them.}


We love it!
Well, Shawn isn't in love with the Route 66 sign, but I think it's cool {it's from Home Goods - along with the two green frames}.
We're not knick-knack people, so this really helped to eliminate some clutter we had accumulated.
I really like that we stretched the gallery wall the whole length of the wall. It makes the room feel bigger.
I seriously couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
 


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38 comments:

Mary said...

Looks awesome!! Nice job!

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

It looks fantastic! I love the center line grid

Sarah said...

It looks great-- and I love the Route 66 sign :)

Miss Chelsea said...

Looks good!

Jennifer V. said...

That looks amazing!!! I left my photo wall to my husband and he just put my pictures up wherever he felt like. LOL.

Jessica Odom said...

I love it! Great job!

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Carolyn R said...

It's so cute!

Andi said...

I like it! This makes me want to figure out a place for a gallery wall at my house!

Hilary said...

Love it! I hear ya on trial & error, as much as you 'plan' it out it's almost like nail and see. Looks great!

Myra said...

Looks awesome, friend!!

Jen said...

I love it! It really helps to fill out the wall very nicely. I am hoping to do something similar to the wall going up our stairs. I'll have to look to Pinterest for some ideas similar to this :)

My-cliffnotes said...

Soo cute I love it.

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smk053078 said...

You guys rocked it!!! Looks super fab! I just did ours in the hallway with our family pictures. It was a pain in the booty!!!

Michelle said...

I love that!! I want to do something similar. And don't listen to Shawn...the Route 66 sign is my favorite part ;)

Janna Renee said...

It. Looks. Awesome! I hate knick Knacks too, so I really need some of those box shelves.

callie ;) said...

love the wall!! can't wait to see it! :)

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