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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Make a Gallery Wall

Hey guys! I am back for a second time this week, can you believe I was able to do two posts in one week? Let's see if I am able to keep up with it. Anyways, I decided to share the method it took for me to finalize a gallery wall for Sophia's nursery.

For the longest I didn't know what I wanted to do above the dresser in Sophia's nursery but when Shutterfly offered a free 16x20 print, I knew I should do a gallery wall. I didn't know exactly how I wanted it or if I would include only pictures or a mixture of prints, pictures and printables. I did know I wanted to include her birth stats in some form though. Well then I got another offer from Shutterfly for another free 16x20 which I initially thought I would gift to my in-laws but when I received the picture I was too in love to give it up, haha.

Once I knew I would use two 16x20 pictures for the wall, I instantly had an idea of what the gallery wall would look like and initially came up with this layout:

It would include the two 16x20 prints, a wood slice with Sophia's birth stats engraved and a printable or a custom wooden sign of Psalm 139:14a. Once I started staging the frames with the two prints to get sizing for the other two items, I realized this layout wouldn't work as my proportions in my head were clearly off scale. So back to the drawing board and scouring Pinterest for inspiration. I fell in love with the contained layout of a gallery:

I decided to begin my planning and staging on the floor to be sure I had the proper spacing and I liked the layout as I didn't want to have to worry about creating too many holes in the wall. I used frog tape as my perimeter as it is super easy to peel off and reuse again without peeling paint or leaving a sticky residue. I also measured the width of the dresser that the gallery wall would go above to be sure the gallery would be in line with the dresser. I also intended to do a square contained space but realized that would make the gallery wall stretch above the door frame and I personally wanted it either below or in line with the door frames so it would be consistent with the other pictures throughout the room therefore the contained space became a rectangular shape which I love even more now.

Once I had my measurements outlined on the floor with frog tape, I began playing with different layouts.

After playing around a bit and deciding on a layout, I moved the tape perimeter to the wall I wanted the gallery wall on.

I am so obsessed with the gallery wall in Sophia's nursery now and to think I initially didn't want to do one. I also cannot wait to share the rest of the nursery with you and how far it has come since I last gave an update.


Be sure to stay tuned and check in often for the nursery reveal. You can always follow me on Instagram (here) where I updated most often either through posting or InstaStories.

Dresser | Craigslist
Sound Machine | BuyBuyBaby
Changing Pad | Amazon
Wooden Crate | AtHome (similar)
16x20 Frames | Target
Shadow Box | Hobby Lobby
Scrabble Frame | DIY
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Print | West Coast Sisters
8x10 Frame | WalMart
Little Mermaid Print | Disney Land (similar)
11x14 Frame | Old
Picture Prints | Shutterfly

Do you have gallery walls in your home? Do you have a method you follow or just start nailing them to the wall with fingers crossed?
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