a pretty cool life.: My little gallery of frames

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My little gallery of frames

I've always loved the look of Pottery Barn's gallery frames, but have always been too much of a chicken to actually hang them. Since my husband is not the Mr. Fix-it type, I knew that I would have to do it on my own (or pay the handyman).

We have a cute little hallway between our dining room and family room that has always been begging to be decorated with something. Well, now that we have two little guys and more pictures of them than I know what to do with, I pulled the trigger and actually hung a gallery of collage frames.

This is what I did to make hanging a gallery of frames super easy (and without leaving my walls looking like swiss cheese) with the perfect result. Best of all, I did it all by myself!

First, pick all the frames you want to hang. Trace each of them exactly onto newspaper, and make a hole where the nail will need to be placed for the hangers.

After you've carefully cut out each frame from the newspaper and poked holes where the nails need to be, start to arrange the cutouts on the wall. Use masking tape or painter's tape to hang them so as not to damage the paint on the walls.

After you're satisfied with your placement, start putting nails/screws through the newspaper where you marked the hangers from the frames. Take down the newspaper as you go, and start hanging your frames.

That's it! You're doing it! Once you're done, admire your handiwork - you deserve it. I'm proud to say that when my husband came home from work and saw the wall, he didn't believe that I actually did it myself. Oh, I'm good...


  1. Excellent idea - group hanging can be so tricky! My husband is a very precise measurer (while I am NOT), so I usually leave it to him!

  2. CHERYL! You rock my socks off, lady. This is teh best idea e.v.e.r. In fact, I'll be using it in the upcoming weeks. Thanks, thanks, thanks!

    (and hope you had a wonderful Mom's Day!)

  3. That looks great! Wanna come over and hang stuff for me?

  4. What a fantastic idea ! I love the temp layout...I always use the floor - but the wall would be great!
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  5. I do this too...works so well. I think I saw it on Martha once a long time ago. :) I want to see all your frames up!! Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

  6. I've been stalking my good will for quite a while collecting frames to spray paint for just such a project - you've got me motivated!

  7. This is how I hang groupings of frames on the wall too. Makes things super easy!!

  8. A very clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. That's an amazing idea!

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  10. Neat idea. Thanks for sharing this tip.

  11. You are good! Fantastic job!!!

  12. This is a great strategy for hanging gallery walls. The newspaper is great for representing large art too!

  13. What a great idea! Love it! Definately will be using this!

  14. Woohoo-you did it.

    This is my first time to your blog and once I am done I will click follower and add you to my blog roll. Come on over for a visit I have a give away going on.

    Its So Very Cheri


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