Before and After: Blank Wall to Gallery Wall

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Confession: I love gallery walls, but I hate putting them up. I like arranging them and I love the end result, but they’re so much damn work – and I have to say, doing my sister’s gallery wall (which, for the record, I begged and badgered her to let me do), has not helped to sway my opinion. It was a complete disaster basically from start to finish, including but not limited to: nail after nail that bent when I tried to hammer them into the wall, necessitating a despairing call to my dad asking what the heck I was supposed to do, his brilliant suggestion that I move to Plan B – 3M Command strips to the rescue! That involved walking to three different drugstores that were out of stock on 3M strips, until I was informed that actually there was a 24 hour 2-story hardware store a block away from my sister’s apartment, which amazingly had every type of Command strip under the sun…followed by a trip back to said hardware store when it turned out I hadn’t bought enough of the Command strips…so yeah. A lot of blood sweat and tears. Honestly thank goodness for my dad otherwise my sister wouldn’t have a gallery wall so much as a few holes in the wall that would need to be spackled, and a lot of art still sitting on the floor!

Anyway, here is the before:

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And after!:

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I have to say, I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially since it was so torturous to put together. Fingers crossed those Command strips hold!

The NYC map print on the top left was a gift from Mapiful, a company I really love. Isn’t it great looking? I really wanted to keep it for myself but I didn’t have a spot for it! On the top right is a macaron print from my Etsy shop 🙂

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Flamingo print // Paris vs. NY print // Zodiac print (in love with this).

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out the bedroom makeover I also did in my sister’s apartment!

photography by Jacqueline Clair

12 comments

  1. Diana Pearl says: September 29, 2016

    I love this — looks so good! I feel the same about gallery walls: Love the way they look, hate the physical process of putting them up. My roommate and I both used command strips and they’re still holding up pretty well after 2+ years!

  2. Dorothy says: September 29, 2016

    Love all the pieces separately and together they really make a pretty group. Great job. The bedroom is also beautiful, best before and after I’ve seen in a while!

  3. Maria Fernanda says: September 29, 2016

    Love it! Yes, gallery walls can be hard to execute, thank God for command products. 🙂

  4. Julie says: October 1, 2016

    Jackie, when you are creating a wall gallery, do you have a method? For example, do you pick a theme, or color? Not sure how to begin…

  5. Ali says: October 4, 2016

    Love the idea of a follow up post about gallery walls. Feel like that is a really popular topic. And, I love my new gallery wall. THANK YOU!!!!

  6. Erin says: October 6, 2016

    I love the wall and I also love the coffee table. Where did she get that?

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