Open Frame Gallery Wall
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!