Photos walls are so gorgeous, but can be oh so intimidating to hang! Yesterday, I hung a photo gallery for a sweet client of mine. It was so easy I thought I would share a little “how to”…
Step One: Edit
For this project, we gathered photos that had previously been hung on this wall. The client had had her home painted and wanted to hang the pictures with a more cohesive look.
We started by selecting a style and theme for the photo wall. The theme, family. The style, old and new. You always want to start with a center point or points and work out from there.
We selected the three photos for the center. A wedding photo, a family letter, and a trio of all three of her children. This gave us a starting point and a direction to help select the rest of the photos.
Here are some of the photos before…
Step Two: Framing
We had two of the center photos custom framed and bought five new wall frames from Michaels.
Once all the photos were framed, I laid them out on the floor to get a general idea of how I wanted it to look.
Step Three: Templates
Next, I made templates. I have never used templates before, but it was absolutely worth the extra time! Hanging a gallery wall is not necessarily easy, especially when you are doing it yourself. Hanging templates allows you to step back and look at the wall. Then you can make adjustments before putting holes in the walls!
My ever so handy husband had a roll of grid paper in the garage. Lesson learned… stop being annoyed by the stuff my husband “hoards” in the garage. You never know when it will come in handy! 🙂
I found a similar grid paper on www.amazon.com. I would not make them without grid paper. It made it so much easier to cut straight lines and measure the nail location.
Once you have your grid paper, lay the framed picture on the paper. Make marks at each of the four corners and cut out the template.
Now for the hard part, measuring the nail location. First, find center of your frame and mark it on your template. Then, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the nail hanger and mark it on your template. Or another way, lay the template on the back of the frame and make a mark where the hanger is located. I do a little combination of both!
Use a tape that will not pull paint off to adhere templates to the wall. I used washi tape, but painters tape or masking tape would work too.
Once, the all the templates are up on the wall step back and take a look. You can easily adjust positions or swap picture locations.
You can see… one of my frames came with it’s own template! Cool!
Step Four: Install
Once you have your templates set, you can start hammering! Start in the center and work your way to the outside.
Select the frame you want to start with and double check your center and nail locations one more time before nailing. I always catch a mistake or two!
Then hammer the nail into the spot on the template, remove the template, hang your picture and TADA!
Step Five: Enjoy!