Last week I shared with you a few of the smaller gallery walls in our home. When HP contacted me about creating another one I wanted to do something much bigger. My office and garage had boxes of blank canvasses, empty frames and other assorted pieces that I have wanted to hang on the walls forever, but have just never gotten around to, so I wanted to finally put them to good use.
This wall took quite a bit of planning. If you saw one of my DIY posts from back in 2011, you can see what the wall looked like before. I'd initially planned on doing a lot of black frames with primarily black and white images, with a few images in just a little color. I never finished it though because it just wasn't working for me. It was just something I'd seen other people do and so I'd thought, hey that looks good, I can do that too, but it really just wasn't my style … which we all know is a little on the eclectic side.
So this is how the wall looked before:
This is how the new gallery wall came together … over the course of a week.
My first step was to get some of my favorite professional photographs off the computer and order HP Photo Wall Décor. This was seriously the easiest step … aside from choosing the photographs to use of course. There are lots of options and sizes available and all are ordered through Walmart Photo. Not all sizes are available for same day pick up, but it just happened that the ones I wanted, being the 5×7, 8×10 and 8×20 were, which was perfect for me and my severe lack of patience, especially when I'm in the mindset to start a project and don't want to have to wait days on end to actually get the product I need. I ended up ordering 8 images in assorted sizes that you can see above. I especially love the one of Marisol attempting to blow out the white agapanthus that she thought were giant dandelions – it's the image I placed inside the large wood frame.
This is the 8×20 photo décor (the photo of me below taken by my lovely friend Mandy See), I absolutely loved this size. I want to eventually have another wall above a table with a series of these. What I loved most about this is it automatically crops your photo to the correct size, but you can move it around to get the photo just right before saving.
The next step was to measure the wall. I then lay all of the frames and other items on my bedroom floor which was the largest space I had (that children wouldn't be walking over constantly). I spent the next day or two moving things around, adding and taking away items, painting frames and creating new art.
It started out looking like this:
I had decided that the color scheme would be more gold, white, bronze, wood, blue and green. A lot of the pieces have significant meaning for me.
My dad handmade the clock, the sketch of me was done at an Australian friends 40th birthday, with the butterfly image next to it being handmade by that same friend. The 'Hello Sun Shine' wood and canvas art was handmade by me during a workshop with Poppy Seed Projects last year at the SNAP Conference. The wood letters and large wood frame were items just laying around in my office that I had picked up at Michael's for 'one day I'll get around to using it' projects and the Cut It Out decorative unfinished frames were given to me at a couple of conferences last year.
Then it gradually grew to this:
As you can see I started playing around with frame colors and sizes and moving items around. I ended up painting the canvas in the top right corner with an ornamental flower stencil from Royal Design Studio that I had been given at the Elevate Blog Conference last year.
I then added the final touches – placing a map (that has significant meaning to me) inside the embroidery hoop I'd picked up at a thrift store, putting prints into all of the frames and doing the final shuffle to bring it all together.
After measuring the width and height of the décor on the floor and making sure it fit perfectly on the wall, it was time to hang it all. I began in the center and worked my way out and it came together perfectly.
IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!
2 people will have the opportunity to make their own gallery wall, with thanks to HP, with a $250 Walmart gift card to order HP Photo Wall Décor through Walmart Photo.
It's easy to enter, just follow the directions below:
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HP.