I mentioned before that I've been collecting picture frames for a gallery wall (or two!) and I thought I'd share a quick progress report on how it's going. I wanted to use a gallery collage to fill this empty space next to our entertainment center in the living room:
When it came down to painting the frames I knew I wanted either black or white so I looked at a few inspiration pictures to help me decide. Here were the main two I was looking at:
After looking at my inspiration pics, I decided on white for two main reasons.
- The black frames looked kind of dark and our living room doesn't get tons of light so I didn't want to make it any darker than it already was.
- I like that the white frame wall worked with color pictures in the frames. I want to be able to do some color, either in pictures, or other art in the frames, and I think black frames on top of that would be too busy.
Before I took down the templates I measured the hardware on the back of each frame (some of the frames didn't have hanging hardware so I bought some kits at the dollar store). I measured in to the middle, and then down from the top of the frame to the bottom of the hardware. This told me exactly where each nail would need to go, so....
...I was able to mark this spot right onto the templates and go ahead and put my nails up. It was an easy way to get everything hung right where I wanted it. Then I just pulled the templates down and put my frames up on the nails.
Ta-da! This is just kind of a dry run without the glass or any pictures in them yet, but I like it already! That one little brown guy still needs painted, I just picked him up last weekend.
I'm already glad I decided to go with white for the frames. Nice and light.
I even like how they look empty. Maybe I'll leave them like this for a while.
I still have a way to go, but at least I've made some progress, right?