I’ve been waiting a long time to get my beautiful salvaged wood frame collection up on the wall- 1.5 years to be exact! We never had the room in our apartment. These frames were given to us as a wedding present from my extended family in South Africa- my aunt and cousins found them at a flea market in Johannesburg. My sister got the same gift at her wedding, so it was a very special present. As a South African-born Canadian citizen, it means a lot to have a piece of South Africa in my home.
The hardest part of hanging my frames was figuring out what size to print the photos and how to crop them; the frames were non-standard sizes, like 20×15 cm (roughly 5.5×7.5 inches). Printing at 5×7 inches would have been too small for the frame, and printing at 8×10 would have changed the photo too much after cropping it to size. In most cases I just edited the photos in Paint.NET, adding borders so I could print at the larger size without changing the size of the actual photo, like this:
I then played around with the selection size, setting it to the size of the window in each frame, so I could preview exactly how it would look (’cause I’m picky like that). I took it one step further and took a photo of how I wanted the frames laid out, and then inserted tiny versions of each photo to get an idea of where I wanted to put them all!
I know, I’m a little nuts.
Once I had that figured out, I ordered the prints and then cropped them to size. I had to switch one or two of them, but for the most part it worked out exactly how I planned.
Hanging them was a snap thanks to a tip I read online somewhere. I traced each frame on to newspaper to form a template and stuck the templates to the wall using masking tape, centering them on the frame I wanted in the middle. Once I was happy with how it looked, I measured the back of each frame to figure out where to put the holes, and marked this with an X on each piece of newspaper. Then I drilled right through the newspaper at each X. If you’re curious about the specifics, I used a 3/16″ drill bit for the holes, then tapped in a #8 wall plug (dry wall anchor), followed by a Robertson 1- 1/2″ screw. And I did it alllllllllll by myself, with no mistakes! If you follow me on Instagram @cathyatdeardiy, I shared this photo of the process a little while back.
Here are a few more close up shots of the frames. Check out that stamped plaster, and the tiny flakes of different paint colours.
[Photos courtesy of LilyCreek Photography and Art Studio]
I’m so happy to finally have our wedding photos printed and framed! (psst… more details on our wedding here)
Have you tried hanging a gallery wall? Did you eyeball it or were you meticulous like me?