Smile and Say Cheese!

Last weekend we finally got around to creating a picture wall along our staircase in the front entry.  It took an entire day. Granted, I wasn’t in any rush, but I really didn’t think it would be that time-consuming.  Not for me, but the man who has to measure every single detail 3 times. I have hung many pictures in my day, and my method is usually to ‘eyeball’ a distance, and only use a ruler if I want a grouping to be symmetrical.  And even then I only measure the distance from side to side and just use a level for the distance from top to bottom.  Not really cheating, but I just wanted it done fast! The pictures I had printed last February yes, that long ago in Sepia tones, ranged in sizes from 8×10, 12×14, and 18×20.  I know there were also a couple more uncommon sizes in there too, and for the life of me I can’t remember why.  I had the pictures printed at Costco, and the total was maybe around $30, but the frames are what really digs into your pocketbook.  We bought a total of 12 frames (still need one more) in 3 sizes from Michael’s, when they were 50% off and we had an additional 25% off coupon from the paper.  Our total was just about $180.  Ouch! You probably want to see what all that gets you right?



Staircase Wall Before


Nothing exciting here, but you can see that the entry is open up to the second level, so the wall is quite tall.  We decided to span up 5 feet at the lowest point and 8 feet along the distance going upstairs.  I have seen many methods to get the ‘perfect picture’ wall when hanging your photos in a gallery style.  There is no right or wrong way, because it depends on what makes you most comfortable.  I am perfectly okay with hanging up one picture at a time, and figuring out the layout as you go.  Some gallery frames come with kits that help you with space planning.  I know some kits are really helpful in that they indicate where the nails should be placed as well!  Some find it easier to use craft or butcher paper, cut in the sizes of the frames, temporarily up on the wall with tape to create a layout.  I have developed a pretty good sense of proportion and how to weight a grouping in a style I like.  However my man who was hanging them wanted to lay all the frames out on the floor in the living and move them around until we were happy, then start transferring them one by one to the wall.  Fine, I can be flexible. 2 hours later, I finally said, “Just hang this first one already and we’ll work from there!”.  I was nice about it of course, because I didn’t want to cease progress! And the transformation began…


Almost Halfway There...


As usual the peanut gallery was there, but thankfully no comments!


Project Foreman keeping a watchful eye


So finally after what seemed like 10 hours, we had a complete picture gallery that could withstand an earthquake.  Part of the long process was making sure to use both hooks on the pictures, so that they stayed level…and on the wall.


View from the Top


Still one picture missing, that was one of the odd sizes, and that will go at the top of the second row over from the bottom.  The overall look I wanted was a steep slope along the bottom going up the stairs, and a more gradual stop along top to draw your eye upward.  Just a few last touches to keep it balanced.  So don’t be afraid to get your pictures and artwork up on the walls.  Makes me happy every time I go up and down the stairs, which makes me hate having stairs a little less.


Gallery Collection