(in case you don't believe me, here's proof....)
I don't know why it took so long to make up my mind. Maybe it's that I wanted to do something different. Maybe it's the fact that I hate putting holes in the wall (and we're not talking one little hole here.... we're talking about a lot of 'em) makes me anxious. Maybe it's because whatever ends up hanging on this wall could potentially crash on top of our vintage dresser and tv - ruling out some of my wilder ideas (which I will spare you). But for whatever reason, that bare wall just kept calling out "C'mon, Erin... Please... Do something..." So I decided to keep it fairly simple with a grouping of seven frames: five above the television, and one on each side.
Here's how the process went, and some details about resources that might be helpful if you're planning one yourself.
The frames. I decided large (14x18) frames would do the trick, but after shopping around I realized seven frames that size could get crazy expensive, fast. If I was certain that I would be in love with this wall for years, I would be willing to invest in some nicer pieces. But I ain't real certain, Paw, so I wanted to tackle this as inexpensively as possible in case I change my mind down the road (for whatever reason). On top of that, I couldn't find 14x18 frames in the big box stores. Thank goodness my little fingers can walk all over the inter-web to find some deals. I finally found simple gold frames here for $14.44 (plus shipping, about $17) a pop!
The art. Believe it or not, I bought the frames before I even knew what I wanted to go inside them. I was at a point where I was determined to move forward, and reasoned that even if I used the free art sources I posted about awhile back (here and here), we would be moving in the right direction, and that empty wall wouldn't be driving me bananas.
|Dreamery Studio prints on vintage paper|
Matting + Art, Part II. Next, I set out to find equally good deal on the matting. You pretty much need to go custom for 14x18 mats to 8x10 size, so I was seeing dollar signs all over again. Eventually I bought custom mats for the prints online here. I ordered eight (the minimum) at $3.13/piece! The shipping was $10, so it was all done at around $35. Super-cheap for this large custom mats!
I measured another 8x10 mat that I already had hanging for the inside dimensions and waited for everything to come together. But sadly, when the prints were delivered they were too small! SAD! NO! I was almost done! Apparently the matting I measured wasn't a standard size. (What are the odds?) So I contacted Jo at Dreamery Studio to see what we should do. You guys - I can't tell you how helpful she was. Not only did she insist on replacing them without charging me again, but she also hand-selected books with larger pages so they would be large enough for the mats I ordered and let me choose the format (two column v. three column, etc.).
As if that wasn't enough, she emailed me the sweetest idea (even though it meant more work for her!): "
Hanging It Up! I was planning on doing a step-by-step of the process of hanging and arranging these, but my process didn't go too smoothly. I was originally planning on using Command strips, which I tested on one frame. The frame ended up falling off the wall and I ended up changing game plans. So I'll just give you a couple of tips that worked for me.
1. Paper cut-outs. I cut out some wrapping paper and hung it on the wall to get the spacing and leveling just right.
And finally, here she is. Remember the lonely blank wall from ages ago?:
|Gallery Wall Behind TV -- After|
Here's a close-up of the one of the pages.
What do you have on the wall behind your television? Any experience working with gallery walls or good resources for frames, art, matting?