Lets Find the Easiest Way to Get the Job DONE!
Let’s face it, I like to do things the easiest way possible to get the job done (without compromising much on the final product). And, I bet you do too. So I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t need to fill your walls with nail holes, even if you own the home. I think people get in the mindset of, well I own my own house and I’m going to be here for a while, so I might as well just bang up the walls a little while I’m here. No! You don’t have to and here’s why.
Command hooks make SOOOO many different hook variations now. Some of them are even metal and can hold up to 5 lbs, like these hooks below.
The best part about the command hooks is they don’t ruin your walls when you take them down if you want to change your design. I’ve tried removing them and there’s one important thing to remember. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. On the bottom of the command hook sticky, it says “do not pull toward you, pull straight down.” They aren’t kidding, pull straight down or you’ll peel take a thumb-sized chunk out of your wall… those things are tough. But if you just follow the directions and pull down, all is good in the world and the little sticky comes right off in the most beautiful way. After I started following the directions it always worked perfectly.
What You Need
Ok, so about that gallery wall. Before you start you’ll need to collect all the frames you want to use, a measuring tape, painters tape, a level (if you don’t have a level, download the handy level app on your phone), and lastly go to the store or to Amazon and buy something like this:
I know, they are not super cheap, but trust me, it will be so worth it in the long run and think of all the spackle money you’ll save since you won’t have to fill all those pesky holes later. Plus, they hold up to 16 pounds!
By the way, you can find some major steals on picture frames at Michaels if you time it right. Check their website for coupon codes or for times when picture frames are on sale. I found these dark blue frames below for just $6 each because I guess everyone wanted the black… but the dark blue matched my house better. I used my 40% off coupon code for one of the wood-3 picture frames. That is also where I found the wreath for my door, the vase on my table, each on clearance!
How to Make Your Gallery Wall
Now that you are all set up, here are the steps you will need to take to make your beautiful gallery wall!
Measuring and Getting Ready to Hang
- Measure the area of the space that you have to work with on the wall (height and width). It might help to tape the area on the wall too, but I just made a few pencil marks around the edge and erased them later.
- Make a space on the floor as big as the height and width that you measured. Use the painter’s tape to tape off the area on your floor in a big rectangle, or a parallelogram (if you are organizing it going up the stairs) so you can organize your picture frames inside the painter’s tape.
- Now start organizing your pictures in the order you want them to go in. Try some different patterns and look on Pinterest for some layout ideas like this.
Time to Put Those Pictures Up!
- Once you’ve got your layout it’s time to start placing your pictures on the wall! You can measure to get it perfect, but you can also eyeball it.
- I’d suggest starting in the middle (or somewhere near the middle) of your arrangement and working your way out so that it doesn’t get off center. If you want to measure, use the borders where you laid your painters tape to help you measure from.
- Make sure your wall is clean, the box says to use alcohol to clean the area, I’ve never done that, but you might want to. The directions on the box will tell you to stick a velcro pair together. You will hear it start to click together. Then put one pair on each back side of your frame by removing the adhesive backing. Make sure it is not hanging off the outer side of your frame but is lined up nicely.
- Before taking off the adhesive backing of the wall side take your level, pencil, and frame to the wall. Hold up your frame to the wall and hold it where you want it to go. Put your level (or phone with the app) on top of the picture frame. Once you know your frame is level, you have two choices. You can carefully take your level off, and carefully tilt your frame up (as if on hinges), to take off the adhesive backing and stick your frame on the wall… OR you can draw a light line across the top of the frame on the wall with your pencil, take off the adhesive backing, line up the frame with the pencil line, and stick the frame to the wall.
- Push the frame against the wall for 30 seconds.
- Now, you can follow the directions and take the picture back off the wall by unhooking the velcro to let the adhesive strip set, but honestly, I would just leave the picture on the wall. I tried it that way with a few of the pictures and it didn’t seem to make a big difference.
- Repeat for every picture. If you’d like to measure the space between the pictures to make sure it looks EXACTLY right, that’s fine. I did a few extra measurements with my stair gallery wall by measuring between pictures to make sure that it was going to be even in the end.
- That’s it! If you make a big mistake, just peel off the strip by pulling down and start that part over again with a new strip… no big deal, no spackle, no mess!
Here’s how mine turned out!
Have you tried Command Velcro strips? What do you think?
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