This project has been on my to-do list since we moved in back in August and I finally got so tired of looking at a blank wall that we did it! It’s a great option for people who rent and can’t paint their walls. (We actually can paint the walls but we’d have to paint them all back to white when we move…we did that at the last base and it was such a pain so this time we’re sticking with white walls!)
The really nice part about this project is that it can be super inexpensive to do. I told my husband my general idea for the wall and how I wanted two shelves above the couch that would slightly overlap. He got the shelf supplies at Lowe’s. The shelves were about $6 each and the brackets are about $3 each. We used two shelves and 4 brackets so our main costs for this project were under $30.
Below you can see a “before” shot of the wall and my husband attaching the brackets to the shelves before he used screws to securely anchor them into the wall.
Here are a few simple tips for creating your own gallery wall:
Make it Personal
Of course adding family pictures makes it personal but try adding in some trinkets that mean something to you/your family. A cheap way to make it more personal is to buy a large raw wood monogram and add it to the display. I also mixed in some Instagram pics in a clear frame.
Create a Theme
This can help you create a cohesive look. I went with a loose travel theme since we move a lot and my husband often travels as part of his job in the military. I incorporated pieces of Charleston where we met and got married. I also added a globe, clock and a pilot’s bust (not pictured) and plan to add more little travel trinkets here and there.
Think Outside the Box (or in this case, the Shelves)
Instead of only putting pictures on the shelves, hang some pictures, a big wooden letter, etc. on the wall near the shelving. Adding wall decals not only adds interest but it’s really inexpensive too. I got the “Family is forever” wall decal for $6 on Amazon. The “&” decal I made using some non-permanent vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo.
Don’t Overthink It
There’s no right or wrong way to do it! I just go with my gut and what I think looks pretty. That often means a lot of re-arranging (and then re-arranging again) until I’m happy with how it looks.
…in your own home! Other than the shelves, the only thing I bought for this project was the shelving, the giant “W” and the $6 wall decal. I found frames that were similar from boxes in the garage/around the house and updated the pictures (which I printed myself on photo paper). I took the clock from our bedroom and the globe from the playroom.
I still have a few family member’s pictures to add in to the mix and plan to add some mini frames in between the big ones to do so.
Sometimes the best projects aren’t overly planned. Just dive in and have fun some fun with it! 🙂