After having the components set out for over a month, we have our gallery wall up in our kitchen! Or our breakfast room, if you’re listening to the floor plan. Our house has a weird layout, we don’t know what to call things.
The gallery was built around a letterpress drawer we picked up at the City Market Community Yard Sale for $15. A steal!!!
We picked things that are meaningful to our family to fill the rest of the space. Jake wood-burned the Polaroid camera picture, and I picked a few coffee prints to go with the Oatmeal About Coffee poster in our kitchen. The types of coffee print is by Blimp cat (using a pants hanger is a cheap alternative to frames!), Early Bird Gets the Worm coffee print by our friend JT Daniels.
I didn’t want it to be all rectangles or all coffee (even though, in my opinion, coffee is the best thing that happens in this room), so I added the vintage sail boat plates, because they remind me of our alma mater mascot (we were pirates).
I loved the letterpress “But First, Coffee” card from the Cocoa Daisy September Kit so much that it had to go on the wall instead of in the scrapbook (so glad there were two cards so one could go in there as well!). I didn’t have a tiny frame for it, so I figured an orphan plate would work just as well.
And, best part, our Lego minifigures are hanging out in the letterpress drawer. It is perfect for them, and I can grab them to get them down easily if the kids want to play with them. It’s important to me to have the kids’ stuff be part of the public spaces in the house. The first floor is where we all spend most of our time, and I want everyone to feel ownership of that space. (And, let’s face it, we love playing with the kids’ stuff too.)
After choosing what I’d like to go on the wall, I traced the shapes on paper bags so I could easily tape up the shapes, measure and move the components about; a trick I’m sure I first heard from Martha Stewart.
I’m so glad I did this, because I started out much too low originally. I realized that, to feel balanced, I needed to use the window and door frames as a guide on where to put things. I used a level, washi tape I don’t love, and measuring tape to make sure everything was precise.
I hung everything but the letterpress drawer: Jake added the wire to the back of that to get it up safely.
It’s really just a small change, but it really makes the room feel bigger and less neglected. It was just what it needed!
Have you ever made a gallery wall? How do you choose what art goes into it?
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