It’s time for another One Room Challenge update! As you know, technically the One Room Challenge is over. But since I’m still working on the finishing touches, why not keep posting about it. Who doesn’t want to see more room progress, right?
Need a refresher? This is what the room looked like when I started. Cramped, uninviting, blah. I wanted to turn it into a cozy reading/guest room and used this as inspiration. Then I shared my gallery wall inspiration (which has changed drastically). I picked up several items from Target and made this DIY chandelier, and unfortunately ran into a problem with my rug purchase.
This past week I worked on installing the galley wall. We decided to change directions and go with all black and white frames and prints which I’m very happy about. My sister picked out photos from their trip to Europe, Oakland, and our family farm that all have a special meaning that we had printed at Target in black and white. My brother-in-law made silhouette cutouts of their two pets, Bebe the cat and Mugsy the pug, (which are absolutely adorable) we had a canvas made, and she also had a charcoal drawing and paper cutout from Asia we included in the gallery.
How to Make a Gallery Wall
I framed all the prints in the various frames I picked up last week from IKEA, Aaron Brothers, and West Elm. Since we had 12 total frames in the gallery wall, I wanted to lay it out on the floor and arrange it before I started making holes in the wall. I laid out a big sheet of wrapping paper on the ground (we didn’t have kraft paper) and arranged the frames until I came up with something I liked. I wanted to keep the outside edges aligned, forming a big rectangle. Once we agreed on the layout, I traced around each frame on the paper and measured and marked the spot where the frame will hang from. This sounds easy, but it’s VERY important in making sure your gallery wall is aligned exactly the way you planned. If your measuring is off even just slightly (like mine was) a photo might hang too low and make your entire gallery wall look off. We hung our frames using wire because it’s more secure than a small hook if an earthquake should hit. I learned quickly the positives of using wire when hanging frames: 1. it’s secure 2. it’s super easy to adjust if you mess up your measuring. Simply tighten or loosen the wire on the back of the frame to make it hang higher or lower on the wall. Genius, I tell you!
A couple hours later we had every frame traced and nail hole measured. This process is tedious yes, but makes actually hanging them much easier. Next, we taped the big sheet of paper on the wall after we measured the center. We marked each nail hole from the paper onto the wall and took down the paper. Then we started by hanging the top left photo first. You should always start from the top, so if measuring is off, you can accommodate for that. We found that almost every nail hole I marked was off. Oops. Geometry was never my favorite class. So we had to remeasure as we hung each photo. The house was built in 1906 so the walls are crumbly and not very secure .We used anchors for each large frame so the screws don’t rip out of the wall. Drilling the holes was actually the easiest part! The total process was at least 4 hours.
I’m soooo happy with how the gallery wall turned out. The black and white prints work so well together and the variety of frames add interest, but they aren’t too different that it’s overwhelming. We just have one mini frame to add to the bottom left corner. What do you think? The photos don’t it justice obviously because they’re blurry iPhone photos with bad reflections, but we will leave the professional photos for the big reveal :) If you want to see a GIF of the process in motion, click here.
The rug has yet to be delivered, so I’m hoping by next week it’ll arrive so I can give you the final reveal! RugsUSA is a fantastic source for rugs, but I will say they take a long time to deliver.
This weekend my boyfriend is in town and I’m so excited for a fun week hanging out. We’re heading to Napa, going to a Golden State Warriors game, and doing a day in the city. Can’t wait!