Feb 18 2015

Open Frame Gallery Wall

Good Morning!

Today I want to show you a simple open frame gallery wall project that I did in our Master Bedroom.  A couple years ago I saw these cute open picture frames at Hobby Lobby and I knew that was the direction I wanted to go.  But then they sat in my guest bedroom for 2 years :( .  That is a bad habit of mine; buying things for a project but then letting them gather dust.  This drives my husband nuts and I don’t blame him!  It is a combination of not finding the time to execute, and my inability to commit to a design plan.  I want to make sure I won’t regret it later on down the road and wish I had done something else.  When I put a nail in my wall, I want to make sure it is going to stay there for a long time!

Open Frame Gallery Wall

Below is the wall before…pretty blah!  We have really high ceilings so I wanted to fill the space and I wanted to display something that could cover that ugly control panel.  Since the control panel was so far to the left of the wall, I knew one picture frame wouldn’t do the trick, so a gallery wall would be perfect.

Wall Before

In order to get the layout of the frames just right, I traced around each frame onto old newspaper and cut it out.  I then had a piece of newspaper cut to the size of each frame.  I used blue painter’s tape to  tape the newspaper to the wall and played around with the layout.  This gave me flexibility of trying different layouts without putting a bunch of holes in the wall.  To hang the frames I used this method and it worked like a charm!  The “X” and “O” letters did not have any hooks on the back for hanging, so I used mounting putty.  I honestly wasn’t sure if that would hold them, but it has been over a month and they are still up on the wall!

Gallery Wall 2

Once I had the frames, I found some items around my house that I could add to the frames and fill in the space, like the keys and the letters.  I decided I didn’t want to leave  all the frames open, so I backed a few with burlap.  I actually had an old burlap tote bag that I cut to the size of the frame and glued to a piece of kraft cardstock.  Since the burlap was originally a tote bag, it had a sort of clear lining on the back that made it easy to adhere to the cardstock without the glue seeping through.  I simply set the burlap covered cardstock in the frames, draping a doily over the top of one.  I can easily take it out if later I want to add a picture, print or another type of fabric.  In the largest frame, I hung an embroidery hoop that I stretched the same burlap around and added another doily.  My favorite part about the gallery wall is that I can add to it or change it up over the years.

Gallery Wall 3

Open Frame Gallery Wall 2

So, if you have an empty wall in your house, I hope you got a few ideas on how you can fill the space!  To me, a house becomes a home when you add personal touches and decorate those empty walls!

Frames | Hobby Lobby

Keys | Ballard Designs

Letters | Treasures From the Heart, Coronado CA

Doilies | Michaels

Ottomon | TJ Maxx

Pillows | Pottery Barn

Bible Verse Sign |  Picket Fences, Solvang CA

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Signature - Alisa


8 comments on “Open Frame Gallery Wall

  1. Very creative Alisa! I love that you are brave enough to attempt a gallery, and it came out so well. Don’t be afraid to put some holes in walls-that’s what spackle and touch-up paint are for! Change is inevitable, and sometimes just the spark you need at that time!

    Mary Hyatt on said:
    • Thanks Mary! You are so right and great advice! I shouldn’t be afraid of change or putting a little hole in the wall. Definitely something I’m working on!

      allingoodtwine@gmail.com allingoodtwine@gmail.com on said:
    • Thanks Allison! Yes it totally changes the look and feel of the room. Glad I finally took the time to complete the project! Have a great rest of your week!

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