Have you ever attempted a project and slowly it becomes nothing but a faint memory? Or you keep telling yourself that you’re going to do something but never get around to it? Well, that was me – ever since Z was born I’ve been trying to get around to creating a gallery wall above his changing station. I had been collecting items over the past few months that I wanted to include on the wall but for some reason it never happened. There was always something else that had to be done …. until now.
It only took me 10 months but nevertheless, it is done! 😄 I have to give a big shout-out to my friend Hira who actually gave me the push that I needed. She recently had a baby girl and sent me a picture of the wall she created and it reminded me of the bags of items I had tucked away in Z’s closet🙈. It was just the kick that I needed to get it done. I am pleased to reveal it to you along with how to create something similar if you’re interested.
It is always best to start off with a focal piece that you want to build your wall around. It will help you to create a theme and also make sure that the items that you are choosing all compliment each other. The focal piece that I wanted to base my entire wall around was a handmade monogram canvas that my cousin Nadia from Create-ive Inspirations made for me when Z was born. We had discussed colours and fabric designs that would go along with the theme of the nursery and I was so pleased how it turned out. His nursery has a base of grey and white and pops with teal/turquoise and orange accents throughout.
I began looking for picture frames and artifacts that I would be able to display keeping in line with the colour theme. You could choose to only stick with picture frames and canvas pieces but because I wanted to go for an eclectic look I decided to also incorporate unique wall decorations. It was very easy to find items that were white and turquoise, however to find something orange that was done tastefully was difficult (that’s one of the reasons why the project took so long).
Since fall was approaching I knew that I was bound to find something that was orange. I scoured Homesense, Pier One and Urban Barn – nothing. Then one day I was at Michael’s and came across this ornate, burn orange wall ornament and fell in love. It not only fit the colour scheme but it also had that shabby-chic flare that I’m a sucker for. Now that I had all of the elements it was time to put everything together.
I had a total of 10 items that I had collected over the months and I began to narrow it down to my top 7 for the wall. I remembered watching Nate Berkus once and he said that in order to create a successful and attractive gallery wall the secret it to work in odd-numbers.
Once I had everything, I started by working on the carpet to figure out an arrangement that I liked. It’s much easier working on the floor that way you can not only play around with the arrangement, you can also take away, add or even swap out items until you are happy. Once I thought I had it, I walked away to get some lunch and when I came back to it I was still in love with the way I had set it up. I think that when tackling a project like this it is important not to rush it. You want to take your time and make sure that you are 100% happy with what you’ve got. You don’t want it to look like you just grabbed random items and slapped them on the wall because that will defeat the entire purpose.
Anyways, since I wanted everything to lay flat against the wall, I removed the stands from the picture frames that had them and used a flat head to pop off the bracket.
I started by measuring 10″ up from the change table and marked it off a few times along the wall. I chose 10″ because it was the clearance that I felt worked best and it also kept everything at eye-level. I then used 2″ painters tape to make a straight line at the 10″ mark to use as a guide for my bottom row. I used the compass app on my iPhone to make sure that everything was leveled and Command Strips to hang so that it wouldn’t damage the wall. **Tip: since Command Strips can get pricy, I used a 40% off coupon from Michale’s which you can access right from your phone**
The length of the tape was the same as the width of my gallery on the floor. I did that so that I could center the gallery to the dresser. I then found the mid-point on the tape and marked that off with a pencil. This is easiest way to make sure that everything will be even, it is also best to start from the middle and work your way out (a little trick us teachers use when putting up bulletin boards).
Remove all of the painters tape and that is it! Even though it took me 10 months to finalize everything, once I started the process it only took 30 minutes. It’s a project that is simple and easy to complete while bebè is napping.
I just love how it turned out! The white frames pop against the grey wall and hints of turquoise and orange accents all compliment the canvas monogram which is the show stopper. If you’re interested in ordering your own customized monographic canvas, check out Create-ive Inspirations on Facebook and make sure to mention my blog to receive a discount!
Anyways, like always let me know what you think in the comments below. I hope that I’ve inspired you to tackle that project that you’ve been meaning to get around to. I’d love to hear what you have going on, who knows it may inspire me!
Until next time!