7.10.13

Rearranging the Gallery Wall in Our Living Room

The gallery wall above the sofa in our living room has been a work in progress for some time. I was struggling with it and I was working with framed pieces we already owned. The number of nail holes in the wall was a good indicator of the haphazard approach I was taking.


I had plans to make it wider and recently picked up some new frames. I also pulled a print from another room. I'm really liking how it is looking now. All the frames are black and the mats are black or white. So far the gallery contains some favourite cow themed art pieces and photos. Clockwise from top left I have: 1. a Holstein cows in field piece I cross stitched many years ago, 2. a Nancy Noel Amish boy with calf print, 3 and 4. our oldest son showing his first 4-H beef calf and dairy calf projects, 5. a Duncan winter cows print, 6. a Charolais calf our son showed that won best calf in breed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and 7 and 8 are new frames that I plan to add photos to of our youngest son driving tractors (he's a tractor enthusiast, not so much cows like his older brother.) The 'Feed and Seed' sign is one I painted.


This was one of the arrangements I tried but it still seemed too narrow compared to the width of the couch.


I decided to take all the frames down and start fresh.The wall behind the frames was full of nail holes from my many miscalculations so I filled all the holes and started with a blank wall. I placed the framed pieces on the floor on kraft paper, including three new frames (I only ended up using two new ones.) I would rearrange the frames, walk away, and then come back and try again. 



When I finally settled on an arrangement I traced all the frames on the paper and we taped it to the wall. Then I used my picture hanger tool to mark the spots for nails, lining the frames up with the pencil tracings.


When all the nails were placed, we tested the frame placements and then removed them and took down the paper template. All the nails were properly placed and no extra holes in the wall -yeah! 


Do you think it fits the space better now? Tomorrow I will be sharing some architectural salvage pieces that I have added to this room.

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13 comments:

  1. neat. i love your pops of colors. awesome!! ( :

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  2. It looks absolutely fabulous! Love mixing in the prints. Jane

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  3. That looks really good, Elizabeth. It looked nice before but it looks GREAT now. It does suit the space better- xo Diana

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  4. I really like your picture collage now. It is bigger and more balanced. Great idea to use the craft paper to figure out the placement. I have a lot of nail holes in my wall too. So frustrating! Great job Elizabeth.

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  5. I like the new arrangement very much! What a beautiful collection.

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  6. the new arrangement fits so much better. i had to laugh about the nail holes - same issue around here!

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  7. I have been waiting for this post. Thanks for showing your planning stage. So, you nixed the platters I see. It is very balanced now.

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  8. it looks great, thanks for the tip....PINNED. Chrsitine from Little Brags

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  9. Your gallery wall is fabulous. I love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  10. It looks great, Elizabeth! I love gallery walls and have two. I just did a post on the updates to my picture one over our sofa. It must be "update your gallery wall" month. : ) My daughter wants to do one now so we are collecting frames.

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