I have always had a family photo gallery wall and I figured after four years in this house it was time to JUST DO IT.
If you go to Pinterest or Google images or anywhere online looking for inspiration you could get bogged down with the overwhelming creativity and ideas. Trust me on this.
I know from experience that it is almost impossible to keep all the framed photos on a gallery wall straight. So frustrating! But we came up with this design a few years ago and we've been doing it this way ever since.
So we keep it simple and with a bare bones budget, really CHEAP.
Like, less than $18 cheap.
Here's one end of our project. It's a GOOD start!
For this really simple gallery wall I chose three - 1" x 3" x 8' molding boards for $2 each. They are made of a lightweight wood, usually pine or poplar. It is important that you peer down the long side and make sure the boards you pick are STRAIGHT. Turn them over and look at them from all angles. This will make your project much much simpler, trust me on this.
Then I had the lumber guy cut them off at 5', so I now had six pieces. Three five footers and three that were three foot long. The store will cut your lumber for free!
Just as important as the straight boards are the bulls eye rosette blocks I got for each seam. They look just like what they are called and they are IMPORTANT to give your project visual interest and style.
I paid less than $2 apiece for the 6 blocks we needed. What a deal!
I painted all the boards and bulls eye blocks white before we put them up. I know in the photos they look unpainted but they are not.
We laid out our shelves based on the basic framed photo sizes we were using plus we had to work around a smoke detector and the furnace thermostat/controls. Measure twice and make sure your marks are accurate because now the fun stuff starts!
Use a level. Use a level. Use a level. I cannot emphasize this enough. Do it.
We used wood glue and our handy dandy favorite brad nailer to attach the boards to the wall. Easy. Simple. Accurate. And the nail gun makes a really satisfying 'kachunk' sound.
Kachunk! Yes, you can have a turn.
You can also use regular nails or screws and just fill in any holes with wood filler when you're done.
And here you see how the bulls eye blocks give our gallery wall just a bit of punch and visual style. We staggered the joints on each run for some interest. And even though they look like plain wood here, the blocks and boards are all painted. Though if you choose to leave them plain or even paint them a fun color, that is up to you on your own wall!
I like this alot! There is room up there for dozens more framed photos!
Oooh aaaah. One of my favorite projects, EVER.
Did I mention the neat kachunk sound the brad nailer makes?
A family photo gallery wall doesn't have to be a huge complicated project. Keep it simple, keep it cheap and just DO IT.