I'm a big fan of gallery walls. I love the way they can make dissimilar objects look like they were always intended to be together. And most of all, I love how they can be ever changing. I ran across this picture on one of my favorite blogs and knew I had to build a gallery wall for myself.
I had recently received a painting that I commissioned of my teammate who passed away and was looking for a proper place to display the work. The painting inspired me to center the entire gallery wall around my years at Alabama. I picked up a couple old frames from Etsy and found an incredible vintage Alabama tourism magazine on eBay (the "Alabama Has It All" piece below).
I started off thinking I could mount all of the individual elements straight to the wall, so I photoshopped a crude prototype of what this could look like (keeping things as close to scale as possible)
By the time I had done the math to determine where I needed to put screw #3, I realized how I had been overly complicating this project. The inspiration picture had shelves! And for good reason! With shelves, the artist is free to move things around and switch items in and out, creating a "living" wall in a way. Back to photoshopping...
After determining the shelf option would not only be more flexible but also cleaner looking, I ran to Home Depot to buy lumber. I followed this guide to make the shelves. It was my first time making something with pocket holes, which you can see in the pictures below. I painted these guys the same color as the wall in order to keep all the attention on the actual contents of the gallery wall as opposed to the shelves.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. I ended up preferring to leave some of the frames empty and will continue to add to the whole ensemble over time!