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:
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 🙂
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