It was so much fun creating a TV gallery wall in our family room. This whole project is inspired by a photo I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog. I had been contemplating various TV wall decor ideas for the family room, and when I saw this photo…I knew what I had to do!
Our TV is mounted higher than average, and it is gigantic!
So, I created my own version that fit the space we have. Here is the transformation!
What I Used for our Wall:
I used all Dollar Tree frames filled with various free photos, maps, and printables that are meaningful to our family. For example, vintage sheet music because I play the flute, and a schematic of my husband’s favorite car engine. The free “gather” printable is from The Mountain View Cottage. I also put in photos of cities we love, places we want to travel, vintage maps of places we have lived… I really had fun with it! There are tons of free maps available for download from the Library of Congress.
I had the vintage maps and printables that take alot of ink printed at Staples. The photos I had developed into 8x10s at Walgreens. I faux “matted” two of the 8x10s into Dollar Tree 11×14 frames. I found the key, monogram letter, and theater sign at Hobby Lobby. The movie reel is from an antique shop, and the clock I purchased on eBay.
Planning the Wall
We were away from home when I was planning out the wall, so I made a crazy little scale version on a sheet of paper to see how I might arrange things. I was just playing around with ideas from the Pottery Barn inspiration photo at the time. I ended up not getting all the pieces I originally used when I took this photo, but I definitely felt like this little model helped me a ton to know roughly where everything was going before I put all the holes in the wall!
A Great way to Hang Gallery Walls:
To hang photos for gallery walls, I use brown Kraft paper to create templates of each item I want to put on the wall. I mark a hole with a pencil where the hanger is for each item. Then, I used painters tape to arrange the paper templates in a way I liked in the wall. I put the nails in through the paper holes before removing the templates from the wall. Then, all I have to do is hang everything on the perfectly spaced nails! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the templates on the wall around the TV, but this is the same process I used for the photos in the foyer.
It wasn’t too time consuming to cut the templates for the TV wall decor, and it is the foolproof method I need. Last time I tried to “eyeball it”, my son’s bedroom became home to a collection slanted airplane artwork!
This was such an easy, creative, and affordable project that fit the rustic industrial style of our family room.
None of my beloved white farmhouse or blue florals in here! I really wanted the room to be a comfortable and low key space for my husband to relax after work, and he says mission accomplished! 🙂