02 September 2014

My Gallery Wall Step-By-Step (and a video at the end!)

This wall is one of the first projects I started, and I'm 95% done. 

A couple of tweaks, and we'll be there. But I want to share the whole process with you, and this really is an ongoing process. So when the tweaks happen I'll share those too. 

I knew I wanted to use the antique maps again. These maps are part of our story, and I think it's fun to see all the places we've lived. I found all of these maps at an antiques store in New York. I bought six the summer I discovered the store, then we moved two more times. This summer I went back and found North Dakota and Ohio. Now we're all caught up - no more moving!

There is one photo in there that doesn't qualify as a map. That's a picture of me with my Dad when I was six-ish. It's a lovely picture, and I received it as a gift from my older brother many years ago. So I'm taking creative license to hang it among the maps because I like it there. 

I wanted this to be a zero cost project, so I used frames that I already had for the additional maps. The two brown frames are new to the map wall, and I really like the mix of black and brown. 

This is where I started. Once the cabinet and lamp were in place, I had a better idea of the space to fill. 

After a bit of trial & error, I found an arrangement I like. 

This is my big confession: I eyeball the whole thing. 

I know a lot of people swear by the craft paper method, and I have tried that, but it has never worked for me. I always go back to trial & error. I'm not afraid to put nail holes in the wall. I use tiny nails, which patch and cover easily with paint. This wall already had holes from the former owners, and I plan to paint it eventually. So what's a few more holes to patch?

I got to this point when I realized I needed something round:

I added the clock on the upper left, then California at the top right.

The final touches: a plant and some accessories to visually connect the cabinet with the wall. 

So what's left?
1) The lamp will go from brushed nickel to bronze
2) I'm in search of a slightly larger clock. I like the simplicity of the current clock, but it's a pinch too small. I want to find one that balances California there on the upper right.
4) The black plant container will also get a small makeover to help it stand out from the cabinet.
5) The accessories will always be changing
6) Eventually I'll paint the entire wall

Just for fun…

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  1. Looks great!

    I'm in love with this clock from IKEA, but I have absolutely no place at all to put it. Sigh.


    1. That is a gorgeous clock! Surely you can find a spot for it somewhere? :)


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