Okay, okay, I know this seems like a really easy and lame topic to cover. Hanging a gallery wall is easier, once the layout has been determined because the layout is usually more loose.
A grid however, takes precision or it looks wonky and bad. It’s especially difficult when you have cheap frames (intentional choice because these are low and could get knocked down) with uneven hook placement. After nearly five years of living in this house, I finally landed on art for this stretch of wall between the fireplace and guest bedroom door.
Placing art is was tricky because the thermostat is off centered width wise, but also kind of low. Also, there’s a covered junction from an old sconce, both of which I wanted to minimize. To determine my spacing, I measured the thermostat and found five inches to work. Then, I measured the width of the wall and marked it with a piece of tape, along with two more pieces, each 2.5 inches on either side. Measuring from the ceiling, I hung the top row of frames without much difficulty.
But, the second row was more ticklish because each frame had to line up within the row, but also the frame above. Each frame hook was just slightly off from the others, so I labeled the backs with numbers so I couldn’t mix up.
I left the top frame up, measured five inches from the bottom and placed another piece of tape. Then, measure the hook distance down and mark on more tape. Using masking tape handy keeps the walls free of tons of marks.
I found the easiest way to align the frames vertically is with a small level. First, make sure the upper frame is plumb, then mark a piece of tape with a line. Use this line to mark the distance to the nail hole.
From here, it’s easy to do the rest, just pop a nail in and make sure they’re all level.
Ugh, they’re already a little crooked, but I swear they’re actually even. Oh, if you’re having a hard time figuring out easy and cheap art, look no further than your houseplants and yard.
I pressed these between paper under heavy books, then backed the frames with cheap newsprint paper before framing. For a more realistic touch, I just might add ‘labels’ to the bottom corner.
The thermostat is still visible, of course, but it feels a tad more disguised because the art catches more attention.