We decided to do a big gallery wall using all of our printed canvases. But we are planners so we didn’t just start hammering away. We tried a few different layouts first until we found something that made our inner arteests happy.
The art is a mix of large photographs (we use free desktop backgrounds we find online, heyo!) and some of my digital paintings (every now and then between website and logo designs, I find some time for art too!)
When it comes to hanging a gallery wall, there’s more than one way to skin a cat (sorry Mochi). You can lay out parchment paper or butcher paper and trace your pieces, then tape that to the wall and make your nail marks accordingly. You can guess and check until your wall has so many holes it looks like one of those closeups of the pores on your face. Or if you have a fiance with access to a digital printer who likes any excuse to use it (love you!) then you can print up one of these contraptions:
Evan of course had to make a gif of its creation:
Yep, I’m marrying a brilliant inventor! *swoon* Basically, he printed the red parts you see above so that we could screw them onto a threaded rod we got at home depot. They can be set to adjustable widths for different sized canvases, which we hang from the little arms coming down. We hold it against the wall with the canvas on it at the spot we want, remove the canvas while still holding it in place, and pop a couple nails through a hole on each of the arms. And of course it has a spot that our level pops into also.
We taped our laser level to the wall to use as a guideline for the top of our gallery. The photo of this step below is evidence that if you hang photos in your boxers, you WILL get funny pants photoshopped onto your bum. Ha!
Evan’s response to seeing the ‘shopped picture above? “I mean you got the butt size right but I would never wear white for house work.” Bahahahahaha LOVE HIM!!
After the laser was secure and the pants were donned, we started hanging using Evans contraption! We used it for the whole top row. Once you have your first canvas up at the right level, it goes pretty fast.
We spaced out our canvases 2 inches on the left and right, so when it came time to do the lower row we just measured 2 inches down from the bottom of the top canvases and hung them like so. Mochi noticed I was hanging one crooked so she helped.
With the right side complete, things were already coming together quite nicely!
We did the same thing the next day on the left side. We used the laser level and Evan’s hanging contraption for the top row, and measured down and hung by hand for the bottom row.
We originally planned to mount the TV and put our DIY West Elm “S” shelf above it, so we didn’t budget any art for the middle of the wall. But the more we looked at it, the more it started to bother us. We worried that having the art in two halves would make the room feel choppy, which is part of the reason why we changed our media center in the first place.
So we decided to have the art meet in the middle. We didn’t have enough canvases to do the job so we jumped on the opportunity to buy some more. We always use Winkflash, which often has 60% off canvas prints and is the cheapest we’ve found. After finishing up some digital art and picking out some more photographs, we put in our order and the prints arrived just a few days later. BEHOLD!
Now, the obligatory detail shots.
We love it soooooooo much! Finally feels like this room belongs to us! And now our neutral couch, rug, and curtains all make sense. We needed a toned down canvas before we could add our colorful… canvases!
Of course, I also took this opportunity to fill those empty cabinets (and add the extra doors we got for it). Most of the stuff I used we already owned or was on sale, because I am le cheap.
And shout out to Sherry and John at Young House Love (aka the best blog EVAR), I’m glad my signed copy of their book now has a pretty place to sit where I can pick it up and browse for more home ideas any time I need some inspiration.
Well there you have it! We have a full blown art gallery in our living room!
It was a risky change since we haven’t really seen many homes with this sort of low and wide full-wall set up, but we are really glad we went for it! It’s come such a long way in the past week or so! Check out the before and afters:
I think we’re gonna call the living room temporarily done while we turn our attention to other projects. Eventually we’d like to replace the dated fan, give the fireplace a modern makeover, and paint the walls, but there are a few other parts of the house that need some love first. In the meantime, it’s nice to be able to sit back on our big comfy couch and enjoy the view.