Happy Tuesday, friends! I have a little house update to share today 🙂 .
Back in October, I decided to update the gallery wall of the kids’ photos that runs down the hallway. I am SO PLEASED with the results!! That being said, it was a bigger project than I intended, and I’m pretty sure Andrew rolled his eyes at me at least a dozen times. (Agh!) I wanted to share the update since we just finished it on Thursday (and by we, I mean Andrew…), but I also wanted to share that if you’re considering doing this, please note you do need an Andrew in your house too (ie: super type-A, very handy, has a level and loads of patience).
Here are some pictures of “before”…
…over the years, we had hung 1½ inch canvases on the wall and then each year, added to the collection.
After the house flooded, and we painted everything lighter and brighter, when I hung the canvases back up, they didn’t look right too me. They looked too heavy for the space…so in October, I found Custom Touch Store on Etsy and loved his acrylic frames, so we measured, counted, measured some more, drew it off on paper, eliminated some of the canvases we currently had and then decided to order 19 of his 20×24 frames.
Here are pictures of the final product…
I am SO PLEASED!!!! I think the whole aesthetic looks so much cleaner, brighter, fresher and more tidy.
I know you might have some questions if you’re considering this, so let me break it down:
1: When we took down the canvases (I think we had 30), there were nail holes everywhere, so we had to repaint the entire wall (insert Andrew’s first eye roll here at my “easy little project”). Our home is painted Sherwin Williams Moderate White.
2: Next, we measured and decided to make rows that were nice and tidy, so including all of the outlets and such, that gave us space for 19 (20 x 24) frames. The frames are this size, but the photos I ordered online to go inside the frames are 16×18.
3: Speaking of that…I bought my photos off of Shutterfly and had them delivered to my house.
4: Andrew really did everything from here…he measured, pulled out his laser level and then we added the photo and meticulously hung each one. The Etsy shop owner was SO AMAZING, but it did take us three tries to figure out the right size of the screw to get it to be long enough to go all the way back to the wall. He sent us three different boxes of hardware until it worked.
I asked Andrew to share his notes on hanging these, and he typed out this below:
Tips for hanging frames
Use a vertical/hortizontal laser level. I bought mine on Amazon and although pricey they are worth the money. I am usually pretty good about hanging pictures and getting them level, but these have to be exact because of the hole locations. You might be able to rent one at the Home Depot. I’d loan you mine if you lived close!
First know how far apart you want them spaced. The hole location on ours to vertical center was 1 inch. 2 inches of spacing, and then add another inch to the next center hole. The frames center to center on the hole was 17. So you would start on one corner, measure 17 inches, 4 inches, 17 inches. That will give you 2 rows of frames. Laying them our horizontal it’s the same process. You already marked the starting hole. Using the laser level mark over 21 inches (our frames holes center to center), then 4 inches, 21 inches. This gives you a grouping of 4 frames.
From there you drill a small hole about the same size as the anchor. Hammer the anchor in the wall. From there, screw on the hardware and install the frame. I would lay the picture and get it centered and hold it tightly with my hands until I got one screw in the hardware. Here is a pro tip though. Don’t tight the frame all the way down until you get all 4 screw thread started. Sometimes if you are off on your holes by just 1/16th of an inch you have to push/pull the frame to center the hole. Just do that very lightly as to not damage the drywall anchor.
Best of luck!
THIS HERE is the laser level we bought for this project.
All in all, I am so happy!
Whether you want to hang one or nineteen, I wanted to share mine with you since I love them so much.
Don’t forget, if you missed our other recently added/renovated rooms, they’re right here…
That’s it for this Tuesday! I’ll see you tomorrow! xx