I’ve always wanted a gallery wall. They’re pretty, they’re popular and they seem like a lot of work! The thought of collecting enough stuff, arranging it just so and hanging every piece with precision would likely send me into a panic attack. It seemed like a really hard project to tackle but I was determined to have one in my new house.
What should I have in my gallery wall? I didn’t want random items with no real meaning. I decided against family pics; they get outdated too fast and I’m horrible at getting picture developed. I wanted something with meaning. Something that would make me smile when I walked past. I did a little soul searching and decided that my “home” makes me happy. I love the city I live in, Milwaukee. It’s full of beautiful architecture, next to a wonderful lake. I was born here, raised here and now raise my own family here. I decided to do a small collection of items in honor of my hometown. It took me awhile to “collect” everything (I can be picky) but I was pleased with the grouping. The group consisted of 2 instagram pics I took of downtown Milwaukee, an illustration of the Milwaukee skyline done by a local artist, a handmade metal cutout of Wisconsin with a Magnetic heart and a wood carved letter “M”.
Now to layout an arrangement. I decided to put it in my front hallway. It was a good location that I would pass multiple times a day. So I went to work, trying different layouts until I was pleased with the outcome. I placed the items on the floor and moved them around into different arrangements.
I decided on this layout. I thought it was a good balance of color and texture and would fit the wall nicely.
Attempt #3: the final
Of course, I picked a wall that needed some TLC – patching and painting. (*My favorite*) I picked out a paint color and got to work.
I chose Granite Boulder by Behr Paint. I love Behr paint. It covers well and cleans well.
After spending a whole Sunday afternoon taping, trimming and rolling, I had a finished product! Here are before and after pictures.
The finished gallery wall! I’m so glad I decided to tackle this project. It makes me smile every time I walk past it. 😄