Gallery walls are sort of an obsession for me, but that doesn’t mean I’m very good at them. In fact, our gallery wall in the living room is hiding a number of oops nail holes. This all has to do with the fact that gallery walls involved math, and math just isn’t my strong suit. But no longer!
I found this nifty photo hanging tool at Home Depot and I got my office gallery wall up in about half an hour — that’s less than half the time it would have taken me using my old methods. As you saw yesterday, I laid the pieces out on the floor to get an idea about the arrangement. Then, starting with the bottom center piece, I began hanging. You’ll want to hang the bottom pieces first if you’re using this tool because otherwise it gets knocked around by whatever’s hanging above. Here’s how to use it:
Hang your artwork on the tool’s hook. Hold the tool and the artwork up to the spot you’ve chosen on the wall. Remove the artwork, but keep the tool pressed against the wall. (Let’s pretend my wood floor is the wall — I didn’t have a trusty tripod to take photos against the actual wall.)
Press the button beneath the hook you hung your artwork on. This will make a small prick in your wall to indicate where to put the nail or picture hanger.
Remember that if you’re using a picture hanger you’ll want to line up the bottom of the hook with the hole. Using a nail? Just nail right into the indentation.
Voila! The old method involved tracing each frame, cutting it out, eyeballing it on the wall, measuring the distance between the hook and the other frames…and usually not getting it right the first time. Totally time consuming and always a little frustrating. I didn’t make any extra holes in my wall this time!
The salon wall gives me the same feeling as adding just the right jewelry to an outfit. Because I’m a goldfish, I keep forgetting that it’s there and when I walk in to do work I’m pleased by it all over again! Such a small amount of effort for a big impact.
What part of your home makes you happiest?
Want to know more about the artist who painted the little painting featured here? Visit C Squared W to meet Clare!