Thursday, May 20, 2010

planning a photo wall

With a little careful, simple planning, hanging five photos- making only five nail holes {not 15}- is a cinch. I may be known to "overthink" things, but that's just how my brain works. Sorry. I am a planner. I happen to like it that way.

We are in the {seemingly forever ongoing} process of redoing the kids' room. We believe growing up sharing a room is really important, and are so glad that they still truly enjoy it. But recently, we separated the bunkbeds and are slowly giving each side of the room (boy side/girl side) its own identity. Luckily, their room is really the size of two small rooms.

After finding some fun art almost 3 months ago, I figured it was time to make use of it! So I took advantage of an Aaron Brothers sale, and bought five frames to go over each bed, as a photo wall starter for each side of the room. I'll gradually keep adding to them.

Step 1: First figure out about how much space you have, and roughly plan out your frames accordingly. After playing with them a while on the floor, figuring out a placement you like, measure the total space you'll be covering- top to bottom; left to right. I like my frames nice and close together, evenly spaced, but staggered.

Step 2: Cut this measurement out of paper (wrapping paper works well), then fold it into quarters to find your center. Horizontally, the center point should hit the center of your designated wall space. Vertically, I generally like the center point to hit 5 feet from the floor. In kids' rooms, however, I like to go a little shorter, since they're shorter! Once you've found your centers, use painter's tape to adhere the paper to the wall. Double check straigtness with a level.

Step 3: Mark the meaurement of each frame onto the paper, in its exact planned placement. If you measured correctly in step one, you should hit all four edges of the paper at some point.

Step 4: Now flip each frame over and measure from one side and from the top, to the hanging point. (For example, one of my frame hangers was 5/8" from the top, and 3 3/8" from the side.) Transfer these measurements onto the paper with a little dot to indicate nail placement.

Step 5: Hammer the nails where indicated, and hang the frames. They should sit exactly within your markings on the template. If they do, hooray! You don't have a million extra holes in your wall from estimating!

Step 6: Remove frames, pull off the template, and re-hang. Wasn't that easy? Any project including a yardstick and level = fun, in my book. {Nerd alert.}

*Please excuse the weird lighting! Most of this was done at night. And the black & white photos look way darker than they actually are. Okay, I feel better.

[Chayse's bed]

[Chloe & Camden's bed]



Erin, Scott, and Ms. Brynn said...

LOVE those paint colors in your daughters room! & great idea with the planning of where to hang things!


Great idea! Yours is much more organized than mine. I love the paint colors and bedding!

Trish said...

that is a good idea...

when i had about 20 frames to hang on the wall in my living room. I took craft paper and cut the paper to match each frame. then i could tape up the "frames" and move them around until I was happy with them! worked great for such a large project and for one who also overthinks every thing!

Jaime said...

Oh my goodness. That is the best tutorial I have ever seen for hanging photos. I am borrowing this post for later!!

I am a 30 hole person for just 1 picture.

Thank you!

Tegan and Tage said...

Can't wait to see the finished room! And I'm really glad the kids still actually like sharing. :)

Wendy said...

What a great way to hang up frames! I am currently collecting and painting frames for a project similr! So glad you posted this. And, love the colors in the room! So bright and cheery!

Angela said...

Love this! I'm going to try it in our room. (Just as soon as we re-paint it!) :-)

Erin @ BringingUpBurns said...

OMG. I am so showing this to Matt. I am a 30 hole person. He's an engineer/architect like you when it comes to hanging pictures. Love the paint colors and stripes!!

precious mae said...

Thanks for sharing on how you made your photo wall. I am always confused on how to get started with my own.
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Ali {Leaning In} said...

I do the same thing! I love how you made the boy/girl thing work. You will have to post pics of the whole room once you are done. I would like the inspiration.

meg duerksen said...

love this!