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DIY Gallery Wall

DIY Gallery Wall

gallery wallAfter our hardwood floors were refinished, I didn’t re-hang the large hexagonal mirror at the base of the stairs. Instead, I decided to create a gallery wall. Originally, I had intended to use a gallery frame kit, but after seeing photographs of mismatched frames combined on a gallery wall, I started collecting cheap frames of all sizes and styles at yard sales. With a large collection of eclectic frames, I’m ready to start  my gallery wall project!

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

The first thing I did was measure the wall next to my no-sew curtain.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

This is the hard part-arranging the frames. I measured out the wall area on the floor and tried several arrangements before I found one that I was happy with. In my layout, I placed the mirror in the middle, then filled in around it. You’ll notice that the frames on the top, right, and bottom are all aligned with the adjacent frame. I also kept the distance between the frames as equal as possible.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

Now that I’ve settled on a layout, I need to make the gallery wall frames look like they belong together with a coat of spray paint. First step is to remove the glass, then rough them up a bit with sandpaper so the spray paint will adhere properly.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

Before painting, I clean the frames with my home-made eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner and a rag.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

Now it’s time to paint! One of my yard sale frames has a nice antique white finish on it that I’d like to try to replicate on the other frames. I selected an off white paint color to match. Following my spray painting tips, I applied two coats of paint to my frames.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

I let the frames dry overnight. Now that they’re all the same color, the frames look more like a set!

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale framesBy lightly sanding the raised details on the frame, I’m able to expose some of the original finish underneath to create an aged look.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale framesNext, I laid the painted frames into my gallery wall arrangement. I picked up some picture hangers at the hardware store and will attach one to the top of each frame with the supplied nails and a hammer. Then, I’ll place the glass back into the frames and insert photos before hanging them on the wall.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale frames

Now we’re onto installation. The center mirror goes up first, then we’ll fill in around it. Keep a level handy to check level while hanging the frames. When hanging a heavy piece (such as a mirror), keep in mind that it needs to be secured into a stud. If there is not a stud in the desired location, be sure to use a drywall anchor or toggle bolt to hold it in place.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale framesThe key to hanging a gallery wall is in the frame placement. The challenge is in lining up the frame edges. The two right frames are aligned with each other on the left edge and are also lined up with the top and bottom of the mirror. In my layout I tried to create several groupings like this to tie them all together.

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale framesLooking good! Just two more frames to go!

Easy DIY Gallery Wall with cheap mismatched yard sale framesHanging the frames was a challenge, but the completed gallery wall looks great!

Do you have a collection of old frames? What are you planning to do with them? We’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

Amy (91 Posts)

I am a Freelance Graphic Designer full of creative interests! In my spare time, I love to create something new from something old, embark on home decorating and renovation projects, try out new recipes, and attempt to garden. Beyond the artistic pursuits, I have a love for music and enjoy playing the piano and handbells.


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