gallery wall part I

Hanging things on the wall gives me some sort of crazy anxiety. Anxiety mostly because I can’t be bothered with measuring and leveling. I like to use my eyes and wing it and in the past this method has left the walls with unnecessary holes that require patching and painting.

Now that the living room has been painted it is time for me to officially start hanging things. My love of gallery walls of course made this my first project. The thought of having to measure out and level a 3 X 3 grid almost made me want to return the frames I purchased in bulk from Michaels, but I pushed through and with a few mishaps, and curse words my gallery wall is slightly straight and level.

Please don’t look too hard.

Meet inspiration:

Gallery Wall


About a month ago Michael’s had a sale where these frames that were normally $9.99 a piece were on sale for $2.99.

Gallery Wall

I took that as my sign it was time to start preparation for the gallery wall. I ended up having to purchase them online and instead of the 9 I needed I ended up having to order 12. Those extra frames have come in handy.

Don’t ask.

Wasn’t even really sure where to get started. I ended up measuring the space and doing some janky math that I couldn’t share with you if I wanted to, to come up with the amount of space needed between each frame. I hung based on those measurements then went back and leveled.

Gallery wall

Three hours later, one broken frame including the glass and I have a somewhat straight gallery wall.

Again, don’t look too hard.

Gallery Wall

Now comes the hard part of deciding whether to use black and white or color prints. As if that decision wasn’t stressful enough add on whether or not to keep the matte making the print  5X5  or removing the matte and using a 10X10 print.


I’ll be back in a week or so with the results. I have ordered colored and B/W prints in 5X5 from Walmart to see the quality of the prints. I want to finish off the area with a rug, so I can move on to my next project.

Are you working on any home projects right now?


  • Reply
    Stasia R
    May 10, 2016 at 7:24 am

    You give me life girl! I don’t have any pictures hanging in my house because I shy away from the uncontrollable color that comes from using colored prints (everything must fit in the color scheme). This I will try (if I can find brown and ivory).

  • Reply
    Toia Barry
    May 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    This looks great! I love that wall color and I think the black and white prints will look amazing against it. Look forward to the results.

    I’m still (and I use that term loosely) working on the baby’s room. I’m halfway done and have everything I need to finish up except silver spray paint and time. 🙂

  • Reply
    May 10, 2016 at 9:05 am

    This looks good!! My gallery wall is up but still missing like 3 pics in some of the frames it’s been nearly a year! LOL. #Judgeme

  • Reply
    May 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    It looks great. I hate hanging anything that requires a nail. Which is why it took me 3 years to hang up my daughter’s 6-month old picture. Thank God for those strong command strips, because that is what I finally used. I love those Command strip for hanging things now.
    I’m learning sew so my projects are all sewing related.

  • Reply
    Lori Vann
    May 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    First – that wall color is gorgeous! I want to do a gallery wall above my fireplace, but 1/2 my photos are landscape and half are portrait and the whole thought of it makes me want to leave them happily sitting on the mantle with 3 feet of blank space above it.

  • Reply
    May 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Love it! That deal on the price was definitely a sign.
    After years of procrastination, I tackled my own photo wall project a few months ago. I love seeing the pictures displayed in the house. Right now I’m working on organizing the pantry.

  • Reply
    May 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I’m super late, but that paint color is absolutely perfect!

    I’ve been debating on whether or not I am going to do a gallery wall. I’ve never had so much wall space to try and fill so I figured a gallery wall would help with that. Initially, I wanted to do a gallery for the hallway.

    It’s a great idea and I’m excited to see how yours turns out.

  • Reply
    May 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Great start! I’d go with B&W! Apartment Therapy’s tips for hanging have always been spot on 😉

  • Reply
    Pritam Nagrale
    May 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

    thanks for giving idea..
    I am going to renovate my house, so this will help me.
    But i would like to make slightly changes in frame hanging..

  • Reply
    May 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    We’re moving so our entire house is getting a makeover. I like the gallery. I think full frame black and whites would look amazing.

  • Reply
    Trina Small
    May 19, 2016 at 10:54 am

    It look great! I want to do one but I don’t know where I want to put it…

  • Reply
    Jada Wingo
    May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Looks really good Jemimah. Oh how I can’t wait to do this and many more home projects to our home one day!! Black and White would look awesome on your gallery wall.

  • Reply
    June 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try.

  • Reply
    How to Hang a Gallery Wall - Unlikely MarthaUnlikely Martha
    February 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    […] few months back, I finally got around to arranging the  9 frames that I picked up from Michael’s on my wall into a 3X3 grid for a gallery […]

Leave a Reply