How many of us have pictures for days on our phones? If you’re anything like me you have those “favorite” family photos that are buried under screenshots of things you don’t want to forget or pictures of your dog, a random recipe and then pictures of your niece and nephews (etc). Let me be the first to say, I get it… but now let’s encourage you to transform those miscellaneous photos from your phone into a dreamy gallery wall.
My husband and I completed this project in January of 2021. I’ve seen many gallery walls with frames of all different sizes but there was something about a symmetrical gallery wall that resonated with my Type A love language. I chose to make the photos black & white to avoid having different color filters/edits on the photos and to allow for it to look cohesive.
I decided on the photos by trying to make sure that the majority of family and friends were pictured. I plan on swapping out photos over the years to make them more current – but initially my mindset was focused on representing those we love. I looked at having a few of just Josh and I but then also wanted to make sure our families were present and so were our friends near and far. Obviously not all that we love are on here but we really are happy with how it has turned out. Pictures were printed from walmart photo studio – if I were to do it again I likely wouldn’t have ordered my pictures from there again. I’d likely go with shutterfly or a different printing service. While convenient, I found Walmart’s pricing to be higher than most places and not necessarily the best quality.
(16) 8 x 10 photos
(1) Puck lights (6pk)
(1) adapters 10 pk
THE DAY BEFORE:
Prep your farmhouse lights. The lights linked above come with wiring so if you’re fancy and an electrician you can do the wiring to make these lights happen. BUT – if you’re like us, we’re currently in an apartment and cannot change the lighting – we’ve had to find a different solution.
So we recommend 1-2 days before you want to hang everything to prep your lights. You’ll need the adaptor pieces, puck lights and gorilla glue for this step. Take off the back piece of the puck light, glue on the adaptor to the back piece with gorilla glue, then place something heavy on top of these pieces to allow the glue to set overnight or throughout the day. When you’re done, add batteries to the puck light, reassemble, and then gently twist the puck light into the farmhouse feature. Don’t twist too hard as you may end up breaking off the gorilla glue. You can use a different kind of adhesive if you’d rather but this worked well for us.
- Measure the wall/area for the project.
- Determine the appropriate spacing on the sides, below the farm house lights at the top, and between each. picture (we chose to draw out this step and then go to the wall with a pencil to mark it all out).
- Hang the farmhouse lights (center them for each column of pictures).
- Mark with a pencil where you’ll need to hammer a nail for your pictures.
- Go back through those markings and hammer in the nail on an angle.
- Hang your beautiful family photos on the wall