Our New Photo Wall – aka the Easiest Gallery Wall Ever!

Family Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever

Well it’s only been a week since we added our new church pew to the living room and I already made a change :).  I wanted to add something special above our newest farmhouse pew so I added a family photo wall.  Gallery walls might seem intimating, expensive and just plain overwhelming to start but I put this family photo wall together by myself in less than an hour for $65 including the photos!!!

Gallery walls might seem intimating, expensive and just plain overwhelming to start but I put this family photo wall together by myself in less than an hour for $65 including the photos!!!

Our New Photo Wall

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I found this gallery wall kit at Ikea for $50.  (this post is not sponsored in any way from Ikea, I just really like their stuff 🙂  It comes with 8 matted frames and 4 different templates to hang on the wall.

Our New Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever - knopp

First, you have to decide which template you want… this took us a little while :).

Our New Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever - black and white photos over a church pew

After taping the template to the wall I made sure that the paper was level and then hammered in each nail through the x on the paper.  Easy peasy!

Our New Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever - black and white photos over a church pew - hammering

After pulling back the paper very carefully (I am totally saving this template for another picture wall in the future!), I hung the frames.

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. living room

After first hanging almost all the frames vertically we realized most of the pictures we chose were horizontal.  Whoops :).  So I took all the photo frames and nails down, chose another template that had all horizontal frames and started over again.  Now, I have a few extra holes to patch but it was totally worth it rather than having to choose and agree on different pictures!

Our New Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever - black and white photos over a church pew

We chose the pictures from our photo wall from our favorite pictures that we had both posted on Instagram the last couple years.  Isn’t it great that most smart phones take great pics now?!!!  Most of the pictures we hung were taken with our iphones, not my fancy DSLR.  I had the pictures printed out in the different sizes at our local CVS for less than $15.  There are (3) 8 by 10, (1) 5 by 7, (2) 4 by 6, and (2) 3 by 5 pictures in total.  I decided to have the pictures printed out in black and white to make our photo wall a little more formal.

Family Photo Wall - aka theeasiest gallery wall ever

Family Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever

I love the contrast of the black and white pictures with the white frames and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Winter Home Tour - family room and gallery wall

I want to change out the gallery wall in our family room now (see that post here), but Jason keeps telling me how he likes color photos better than black and white (and apparently our youngest does too… insert eye roll here :).

Our New Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever - black and white photos over a church pew

Our New Photo Wall - aka the easiest gallery wall ever - black and white photos over a church pew

Sometimes I can’t win with these people!!!

Family Photo Wall - the easiest gallery wall ever

Family Photo Wall - the easiest gallery wall ever!

What do you think of our newest photo wall?

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I wanted to add something special above our newest farmhouse pew so I added a family photo wall.  Gallery walls might seem intimating, expensive and just plain overwhelming to start but I put this one together by myself in less than an hour for $65 including the photos!!! #gallerywall #photowall #walldecor http://lehmanlane.net

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6 thoughts on “Our New Photo Wall – aka the Easiest Gallery Wall Ever!

  1. Isn’t taping up paper first the easiest way to organize gallery walls? I did that method for ours too and it worked perfectly. I really like the white frame with the black and white photos – looks fantastic!
    Best,
    Kelly

    1. I had never used a template before to hang pictures and it is a game changer Kelly! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our new photo wall :).

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