Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Art Of Hanging An Art Wall


After walking by the art laying on this paper mock up of the chalkboard wall for about 24 hours, its layout started to grow on me. So I decided to only move around a couple of the frames in reworking the design.


The square I use for many of my projects is the width of the distance I want between the frames. How lucky is this? It made lining up and squaring each frame to one another an easy and fast task.


Starting at the bottom and working up, a line is drawn around each frame.


(The frames have been shifted to show the outlines.)


The art is then removed, after marking the spot where picture hangers will be nailed on the wall for each piece.


And just to make hanging the frames simple, the name of each image is written within its outline.


The paper has already been taped up on the chalkboard wall, if I'm lucky I'll find a little time to nail some holes in the wall today! Almost done...

35 comments :

  1. Wow, your version of the paper mockup is so much prettier than my version on old wrapping paper. You could almost hang the brown paper and just call it a day!

    I can't wait to see it all finished...its going to look amazing.

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  2. I like the arrangement. It really moves your eye up the wall to enhance the vertical space. Can't wait to see them all in place!

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  3. Looks like it's hammer time ! That's a great tutorial, makes it really easy.

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  4. Love this little tutorial. I always freehand things, which means lots of nail holes :( Can't wait to see your finished wall.

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  5. i feel like such an idiot for annihilating my walls now..what a great solution!

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  6. My mom is going to do a big wall of fam pics in her family room and I have been telling her that she should put them on paper first....this tutorial is perfect...I'm emailing her this link...

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  7. Thanks for showing us this! I'm saving it for when it's time to start decorating downstairs!

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  8. Love the idea of the paper, it's going to look so great! I took about 15 pictures down from a hall upstairs about a year ago becuase I didn't like the way the "looked" I'll have to give this a shot :)

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  9. Its getting there!!

    Thanks for stopping by the 'party.' You may still link if you'd like. The linky thing is not closed.
    Paula Grace ~

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  10. Too much teasing! Can't wait to see it all done!!!

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  11. Sorry, me again. Just wanted to say I fell instantly in love with the Anthropologie timepiece knobs in your sidebar! They are gorgeous and I plan to get some. I just picked up the Pottery Barn plates I was lusting after (on Ebay) so this is obviously good karma!

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  12. This is a great tutorial. They sell frame kits with all of this done but this is so much easier. I cannot wait to see the finished product!

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  13. I can't wait to see them on the wall! The layout is perfect if you ask me. What a great idea to prevent holes all in the walls.

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  14. Thanks! This makes any task like hanging pics easy -

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  15. You always make it look so easy..the layout is such a clever idea..its going to look amazing cant wait to see the final result:) Xx

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  16. I can't wait to see it up on the wall. It looks great down on the paper. I love doing it this way. So nice and neat.

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  17. I always plan on doing this and end up wacking away at the wall...next time...
    Oh, I am ENTHRALLED with the color of your chalkboard wall...!!!
    annie

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  18. You are so wise. My husband would be incredibly impressed. He has wanted to work up a plan on AutoCAD in the past. Cannot wait to see the final, fabulous project. Love it already x

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  19. Such a tease haha! I cant wait to see more :)

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  20. Oh dear, looks like a lot of Math. Hehe. But, it will be beautiful when finished I'm sure!

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  21. Oh...no math!! Apart from measuring and marking the center of the wall the Square did everything else. All I did was place the Square between frames to get the placement uniform, traced and moved on to the next frame, again using the width of the Square to figure out placement. Easy, I swear!! Janell

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  22. You are so creative -- I just love your ideas. I need to internalize this lesson for the blank walls in our stairwell -- they are so lonely! Thanks.

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  23. Forgive me for being slow, but how did you go about marking where the nail holes should go? Is there some secret I don't know? Sorry, I feel dumb for even asking....

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  24. I'm glad you asked, I should have included this in the post!

    I determined the spot to place the nail for each frame by turning the frame over and measuring the distance from the top edge of the frame to the bottom point of the attaching hardware, and also the distance from the frame sides to the center point of the hanging hardware. Using these measurements I found the same point within the outline of the frame and marked a dot there, and that is where the nail went.

    I hope that helps! Perhaps I do a quick post showing pictures of how I did this! Janell

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  25. I <3 it! This is an awesome way to hang up a wall of pics! We are doing something veeeery similar on my blog right now, too! =-D

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  26. Love this tutorial! I've been scanning Goodwill and thrift stores on every trip I make looking for cool frames....I'm making an art wall above my couch in my living room and I think I will rehang everything using your method! By the way...I live in the Portland area too...Nice to meet you! :)

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  27. I cut out paper the size of the frames and hang that on the wall to position pictures - this is one step further - I LOVE IT! Great tip!

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  28. This is the smartest thing I have seen all week.

    :)

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  29. I've always wanted to do it like this because it looks so pretty, but I always lose patience and just throw them up there.

    I assure you that yours looks 1,000 times better than mine!

    (laura from www.hollywoodhousewife.com)

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  30. I'm going to attempt a gallery wall this weekend! We will see how it goes, thank you for the step by step guide :) I will definitely be following your advice!

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  31. Using the square is brilliant! We are getting ready to do a photo collage of frame on a wall in our bedroom. I've used tracing paper before to trace the outline of the frames, but I think using the square is something I will now have to do! Thanks for the tip!

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