If you’ve been following along for some time, you’d know I’ve done a little bedroom redecorating. Although I still haven’t found all the pieces I need to complete the bedroom, I added a gallery wall in the space for some interest – something I’ve always wanted to do! Here’s a how to build a gallery wall with tips and DIY ideas I used to build mine. I loved the way it turned out! The brassy gold collection, subtle burst of colour and my special DIY touches make this wall a unique and eye-catching focal.
This gallery wall project is simple but packs a statement. I started out by collecting what I’d want to use on the wall. I found gold accents (or spray painted objects gold) to coordinate with my existing bedroom theme. Some links below are affiliate. Many of the objects used were re-purposed or thrifted!
- 3-Piece Decorative Shadow Boxes
- Gold Metal Document Frames
- Matte picture boards
- American Crafts Jen Hadfield gallery prints 11″x8.5″
- Found objects
- Plastic objects to spray paint
- Small decorative mirror
Tools and materials:
- Scotch Banner & Sign Paper
- Krylon Gold Spray Paint
- Painters Tape
- Plastic reinforces and drill
1. Begin with mapping out how big or small you want your gallery wall with some painter’s tape. Mine is roughly 50″x30″.
2. Map out the same size on your floor with some tape.
3. Arrange your objects how you’d like and make adjustments until you’re satisfied with the layout.
5. Match up any holes for your screws (if you’re using picture frames and shadow boxes) right onto the paper with a pencil.
6. Arrange the paper cut outs onto the wall with some tape and level the pencil markings to prepare for drilling.
7. Begin with the gallery wall objects that need reinforcement and drilling. I added the shadow boxes first then moved onto the picture frames and so on.
8. Fill the shadow boxes with books and spray painted objects! I used a rock, shell, plastic animals and keys. A little gold spray paint transformed these miscellaneous items into matching decor items!
These gold foil gallery prints are so beautiful! I found mine from Winners but you can find a larger assortment of prints online. I selected the images that would suit my colour palette and trimmed them down to size to fit inside my gold metal photo frames which I thrifted for $1 a piece. These types of frames are abundant at thrift stores and are very inexpensive.
I found plastic toys and sprayed them gold. I also used these toys in my DIY animal pencil holder and decor post. Fill the shadow boxes or use them as shelves like I have.
Matte boards are easy to display as well. As an artist, I have photo matte frames laying around and it’s the perfect addition to a gallery wall. I used a gold Sharpie pen to draw some feathers to display in one and a Jen Hadfield quote in the other.
I have an obsession with looking at gallery walls of all shapes and sizes, colours and styles. I love how I can switch out the photo prints whenever I want…I don’t feel so restricted when I have options to play with 🙂
What kind of things would you add to your gallery wall?