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Finally, I’m back with part two in my Hall Home Tour series! I have been working on my shelf gallery wall in my living room for months, so I thought I’d share the process and how it all came together. This is the first and only space I have actually finished in my house so far, so I’m pretty excited about it.
Step 1: Painting the Wall
We wanted to create an accent wall for our shelves, so we headed to Home Depot to pick out a paint color. The other walls in our living room are a pale grey, and I wanted to go with a darker, charcoal grey for the gallery wall. I grabbed some swatches, brought them home, and we picked our color on the first try! So we swung by Home Depot again, stocked up on painting supplies – tape, stirrers, a dropcloth, and brushes – and got ready to paint.
On a Sunday afternoon, we taped everything off and spent the day coating our wall in two coats of beautiful grey goodness. Our first time painting a wall was a success!
Step 2: The Shelves
I was on the hunt for photo shelves: the thin kind with a little lip on the edge that stops photos from sliding off. The wall I wanted them to go on is decently big, so I wanted wide shelves that would fill up the wall as well. I found the exact shelves at IKEA (in both black and white) for a decent price – they’re actually still on sale – and grabbed four of the white ones, since I’d be painting them.
Since I knew I wanted the shelves the same color as the wall, it was a pretty easy task to spend a Saturday night listening to podcasts and painting them with our leftover paint. I did two coats on each shelf and let them dry overnight.
The next day, it was time to hang them. The hardest part was figuring out how far apart we wanted them and then making sure we measured it exactly, because it definitely would look weird if they were uneven. We figured out how tall our tallest frame would be and then measured and marked them in increments along the wall, leveling each shelf as we hung them. I was a little nervous about hanging all four but it actually turned out to be perfect to fill the space!
Step 3: Decorating
You would think this would be the easy part, but it was actually so hard for me to decide what I wanted to go on the shelves once we got them up. I wanted to theme them more on the outdoorsy side with some other cool things thrown in, but keep to a more muted color scheme of black, white, gold, and forest green.
Luckily, I already had my accent piece – a photo I took in Iceland last year, graciously printed and framed for me by Keepsake. Since I take so many photos, I didn’t want to order any prints from other photographers, but going to the effort of getting mine printed and then finding the perfect frame has always been a daunting task. Keepsake makes it so easy: you just upload the photo you want to print through their app, and then you can choose from tons of frames and colors and order right from your phone. The quality is amazing and I loved it so much, I even ordered another print from them for my wall.
Once I had my Iceland photo up, I scavenged around my house for a few more items that would fit the aesthetic – a rad clock given to me by a friend, an art print I bought at Comic Con a few years ago, and a map we also got in Iceland. Of course, all of these only filled up about a fourth of the wall, so it was time to do some shopping.
From left to right, here are the products I eventually and painstakingly pulled together!
Top row: Keepsake print of Multnomah Falls photo from 2015, Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner, Trader Joe’s succulent, Iceland map bought in an Iceland gift shop
Second row: Society6 Gravity clock, Society6 Jurassic Bloom print, The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright, gold antelope figurine from At Home
Third row: Cactus vase and faux flowers from At Home, Fantastic Mr. Fox print bought at Comic Con, The Great Wide Open published by Gestalten, faux succulent from Home Goods, Keepsake print of Kirkjufell from 2016
Bottom row: Society6 Window to the Universe print, artist’s figure from IKEA, I Love You art print by Dallas Clayton, Cabin Porn by Steven Leckart & Noah Kalina
Overall I think it came together just as I envisioned in my head, and I’m extremely happy with the whole thing. Not only that, but I frequently pull down some of the books to look through them or make recipes (seriously, in addition to being beautiful, The First Mess is my all-time favorite cookbook). The wall is an awesome conversation piece and guests to our home often thumb through the books as well or ask about the photos – which are so beautifully printed by Keepsake, no one believes I’m the one who took them!
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Do you have a gallery wall in your home? How did you choose which pieces to include? I’ll be revealing more parts of my home slowly as they come together, so stay tuned!