After 6 months of working away at it, I finally finished our gallery wall…for now. I’m sure that there will be things I want to add in, and I’ve left holes there for that very reason. This is a very organic project and I can see it evolving over time.
It’s one of the only walls that you can see from almost anywhere in the house – the front hall, kitchen, dining room and living room. I wanted it to be pieces that I loved and photos that had some meaning, so I’ve taken my time picking things.
Once I had picked all the frames that I wanted, I cut out a template of each frame in wax paper. I also marked on the paper where the nail would need to go to hang it up.
Then I taped up the wax paper where each picture would hang up, and used the hole in the wax paper as a guide for each nail.
Then it was just a matter of hanging up the frames. For some of the frames, I used 3M velcro strips to hold them up, but I don’t find that they are holding up as well as the frames in our bedroom did.
The main piece of the gallery wall is this original print that we had commissioned by Poppy and Pinecone. She didn’t have any maps of Canada in a blue-green colour palate, so I requested it, and I’m so glad I did, because it is by far our favourite piece. On the far side, you can also see a picture of Whiskey (of course!) and a blown up picture of a bumble bee from one of our walks this past summer.
The “You Make Everything Better” print is from Paper Coterie (plenty of great printables there!). The smaller “All good things are Wild and Free” quote is from Katie Daisy, and the green stamp collage is from Just Something I Made. I also included one of my favourite pictures of us, from our visit to Casa Loma.
I don’t remember where I picked up this adorable green polka dot tree print from, but I’ve always loved it – especially the two little blue birds sitting inside the tree. Another Katie Daisy print, and a picture of us from our friends’ wedding last summer on Toronto Island, with the city skyline in the background.
This Katie Daisy print fits perfectly into this oval picture frame. Someday I’m thinking about doing a little silhouette of Whiskey in there.
I’m already looking for some more frames and pieces to add to the collection soon. So far this has been an inexpensive project, using frames I already had, free printables and a few Etsy finds. It’ll be nice to add onto it as we go, and maybe take the whole layout with us when we get a new home.