A couple of years ago I put these two things on the wall in the family room with the intention of adding to it. Well, you know what they say about good intentions :)
Okay, so not bad, but definitely not very exciting either. I finally started adding to the gallery. I took some pictures from another spot in the house and moved them over here.. and also took two of hubby's pictures and gave them a bigger frame with a mat, and hung those up. I bought one white frame and stuck it in there to hold the space. (sorry for the blurry pic)
Now we're on a roll. This is definitely more interesting and fun. I had the two bigger pictures of hubby and his kids and one picture of us all to go along with the individual head shots of the kids. I needed to balance it out and add more of my kids.
About a week later I figured out which pictures to print and frame. I had a frame I picked up from Ross for about $5, but I didn't like the way you had to hang it. It had two small holder thingies on the back and I knew it would end up uneven and driving me crazy. I took some floral wire, which is very easy to bend, and ran it between the two holder thingies so I would be able to hang it on one nail.
I adjusted the wire and twisted it around itself to the length where when I hung it the nail wouldn't show. MUCH easier to hang now.
I knew I wanted the white frame to be gold, and hold a very special picture, so I spray painted the frame and added a picture of my daughter, her husband, and their sweet little angel.
I am very happy with they way it's coming together. A lot of people have tutorials on putting together a gallery wall, and they make a lot of sense. But, I'm an impatient person so I didn't measure anything, I didn't trace my frames on craft paper to make a mock-up wall, I just started hanging. I'm not saying that's the best way to do it, that's just the way I did it. Absolutely if you feel you need to plan it more then you should. As long as you are happy with the results, I think the getting there can be whatever works best for you.. :)
The wall is plenty big enough to add more pictures, but I really like to let it grow naturally. I do not plan on it being two more years before I add to it this time. I'll be back with an update when I do.
I have another small gallery that I showed here, when I talked about my black doors. I love them and want one in my master bedroom next! Do you have any gallery walls in your house? I would love to hear about them!