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Hanging a Gallery Wall: The Video

April 22, 2012
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by thenestinggame

If you follow The Nesting Game on Facebook (what a great idea!) you may have seen the gallery wall I installed last week. It was part of a master plan I did for our friend David, who recently moved from Tampa to Atlanta and found himself a loft in the West Midtown neighborhood. (Home to many of the city’s best new restaurants, Lewis & Sheron fabrics AND Whipstitch, where I’m taking sewing classes. I’m guessing David enjoys 1 of those features more than the other two.)

Part of my plan for his new space was a gallery wall. When I saw all the art pieces he already owned, I knew he had a great collection to work with. And, coincidentally, many of them went together color-wise. I guess people do gravitate towards colors they like. I almost bought soap and lotion I didn’t need and didn’t particularly like the scent of just because the label was pretty and matched my wedding colors/kitchen+family room colors.

Anyway, here were some inspiration shots that helped set the stage. I love how the art in this one goes from the edge of the desk to the crown molding.

Michael Angus for Canadian House and Home

That lamp is bananas. It belongs to Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham.

Lindsey and Kristen Buckingham's home, Elle Decor

This is a nursery! Can you believe it? I love how cozy it is.

Lauren Liess, Pure Style Home

I adore this collection of oil paintings, all featuring the sea, hanging in a Cape Cod beach house.

Better Homes and Gardens

So, with a freshly painted wall (Valspar’s Everglade Deck) and a boatload of frames ready to go, we used the butcher paper hanging trick I love oh so much and got to work

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. Watch the video and see it happen in stop motion! It’s on HGTV-time, before to after in 30 seconds!

You can find the full how-to in this link, but basically you lay out sheets of paper on the floor, arrange the art on the floor the way you want it on the wall, trace around the frames with a Sharpie, mark on the paper where the nail should go for each frame, tape the paper to the wall in the right place, nail into the paper, rip the paper down and hang the art on the nails. 8 easy steps with very little measuring.

Can’t wait to share the rest of David’s loft with you when it’s done. It’s looking fantastic!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Martha Hopkins permalink
    April 23, 2012 12:55 am

    Looks great!

    Can I also say that I fantasized today about the tacos you wrote about last week or whenever that was? They looked soooo good!

    All that said, I need to find something else to fantasize about. This is ridiculous.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 23, 2012 10:04 am

      Thanks, Martha! The tacos were really good… (Not to make you obsess even more.)

  2. April 23, 2012 10:41 am

    I love the wall! Everything looks great off the navy, and the video is so fun!

  3. Cody permalink
    April 23, 2012 3:07 pm

    Great post and video. I am in the process of starting this for the roughly 20′ long wall in my living room (although I am not sure how much of the overall wall to use). I am acquiring picture frames of varying sizes and designs, but I have a long way to go there (I only have 12 or so right now). My plan is to use pictures from around Chicago (hot dog stands, the Bean, fountains, beaches, and other interesting scenes) and hang in matted and unmatted frames ranging from 5×7 to probably 16×20, or so. The suggestions in the video for how to lay out the wall will come in handy when I make it to that next step. Thanks!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 23, 2012 10:28 pm

      Thanks, Cody! I think that sounds like a great idea for your wall. I like mixing the sizes like that.

  4. Seema Persaud, H&H Web Promotions Editor permalink
    April 23, 2012 4:23 pm

    Loving these gallery wall examples! Please feel free to link back to us at

    We also have a similar gallery wall how-to on our site:

    Thanks so much!


    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 23, 2012 10:27 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Seema! What a great reference link. I love the big mat with the small artwork!

  5. April 25, 2012 6:03 pm

    That looks offing awesome. Will you come do one for me in NYC? And side note – super impressed with your video making skillz. Madd professional!

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  7. April 26, 2012 8:59 am

    For the record, I like David’s gallery wall better than all the inspirational examples. And I love the wine cameo in the video.

  8. April 27, 2012 3:23 pm

    Gallery wall…looking pretty sweet. Someone must be happy that you made it look so cool and hip!

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