I recently put up a gallery wall in one of our hallways. It is not perfect and I will continue to tweak it, but done is better than perfect. I received some good tips on hanging photos for a gallery wall at westermanfam and feltsocute.
My first order of business was to find frames that looked like they belonged together. I was not going to spend a ton of money on this project. I used some frames I already had and the rest were purchased at Goodwill. Any frames that were not black got a few coats of spray paint. Once all of the photos were in their designated frames, I arranged them on the floor to get an idea of how I wanted to hang them on the wall.
I traced each frame on newsprint and cut out paper templates. On all of the templates I marked where the nail needed to go. I adhered these to the wall using painters tape. I was able to easily make adjustments to the arrangement. Once I was satisfied with their placement, I hammered the nails right through the paper.
I bought the vinyl quote from pickyourplum. I think it cost around $5, including shipping. My mom used to sing to me "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music while I was in the bathtub, so the quote has special meaning.
The blank picture frame needs a photo, but I'm procrastinating since it is missing the glass.
The lovely letter was handcrafted by Grandma Kregel to go along with Josh's Christmas present last year. I found the photo mats at the Dollar Tree. I paid $1 for two of them. I used a level and some velcro tabs to make sure the frames continue to hang evenly on the wall.
I have contemplated reprinting all of the photos in black and white. The beach photo with the turquoise ocean is the only thing holding me back. The thermostat bothers me too; it may get a frame someday. Despite the gallery wall's faults, it still makes me happy to walk down this hallway and see so many people and places we love.