A Long, Long Time Ago…

gallery wall coverThis gallery wall project happened so long ago, before Noah’s birthday, I hesitated to even share it with you but then I decided why not.  I mentioned back in this post that am a procrastinator and as “they” say, “The proof is in the pudding.”

Our gallery wall started coming together almost six months ago… back when I shared this picture on Instagram.
gallery wall progress

At that point in the process we were moving templates around trying to figure out how the picture frames would work best.  This really is the easiest method when trying to figure out how to hang a gallery wall. It helps keep those hundreds of guessing holes at bay.

This gallery wall is a result of the map picture looking visually too small hanging above the love seat.  By creating a gallery wall it helped to add visual weight to the wall and balance out the large love seat underneath. This is an easy solution to any small pictures hanging (no pun intended) around your house or large areas of wall space that need to be filled.

Gallery walls work best when there is some underlying order to it.  I’m not just talking about matching picture frames or a unifying color.  It helps if all the pictures work as a group.  In our case we created a boundary line that all the pictures would fit within.

border

Because this project leans more towards the perfectionist side ML did most of the work.  You won’t find me complaining about that.  To create our boundary line he started with the largest picture surrounding the map and worked with it until the spacing looked right.

Next he formed the four corners working out from his original picture. We actually drew a light pencil line outlining our boundary on the wall.  It can easily be erased once the pictures are hung.

Once, the four corners were defined the rest of the pictures were placed along the outside border.

The not so fun part… according to Michael Luke was locating the nail hole locations.  To do this measure the distance both horizontally and vertically to the hole on the back of the frame.  Then locate this on the wall using your  boundary pencil line as your starting point.

MEASUREMENTS

Finally, admire the gallery wall that you just created! Ta-da!

gallery wall

I wish I had a more completed pictures to show you. The one above was taken right after Christmas and then we immediately rearranged the living room. Yet another thing I have procrastinated showing y’all. My goal is to get some pictures taken of the new layout and share with you where our new gallery wall will go.

For anyone that may be curious and because the picture is a little blurry I created the diagram below with corresponding numbers describing the pictures.  Once we get the gallery wall relocated to its new location I promise to come back with close-ups of the pictures.

gallery wall index

Photo Listings:

  1. Wall Plaque “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” – At the top left hand corner it functions as our family motto and the theme of our gallery wall.  Over time I hope to add new pictures… especially once we bring our second daughter home from Peru.
  2. One of my favorite pictures of Noah from this Summer.
  3. I found this quote on Pinterest and then added my life verse below it.  It is such a great reminder of God’s timing as we journey through this adoption process.

     

  4. The map…il_570xN.299815065  is a gift I gave to Michael Luke for his birthday last year and the basis for the entire wall.  A heart sticker will be added showing where each of children are born!  When I saw it on Etsy I knew it was the perfect gift for him… and I was right.  (If you would like your own world/state map clicking the image above will take you to the seller’s Etsy shop.)
  5. Family portrait from last Summer.
  6. Last picture of the beach on our honeymoon.
  7. A great image of the Alabama Theatre, a historic landmark here in town.
  8. Portrait of us on our honeymoon in Jamaica.
  9. A beautiful picture of Noah just two days old.  I love Michael Luke’s hands cradling her head.  She was so tiny!
  10. Mom + Dad = Me Michael Luke gave me this frame after our confirmation appointment for my pregnancy.
  11. Noah as the flower girl at my sister’s wedding.
  12. Family picture from last fall.  It’s one of my favorite ones.
  13. Another photo from our honeymoon.
  14. This one is supposed to be a picture of Noah and Buddy, our cat but I have had a hard time getting it printed.  I think I might just have to print it myself vs. paying to have it done.I’m kind of bummed that the gallery wall isn’t visible any more.  I enjoyed having so many family pictures displayed for everyone to see.  Eventually, we will get around to moving it though.  Besides the rearrangement of the living room furniture I promise I am not hiding any more “procrastinated” projects.Are there any projects you have been procrastinating on?  Do you find yourself regularly rearranging rooms?  I can’t even remember how many furniture layouts we have had for our living room!

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