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French Gallery Wall

It’s a Christmas miracle!  I finished my gallery wall.  About two weeks ago I felt like I was going to have frames laying on my living room floor for years, but this weekend I bit the bullet and made it happen.  A gallery wall of this size is not for the faint of heart.  You have to buy approximately 5,000 frames and all of the art that the world has and then it still probably isn’t enough.  But that’s ok, because it has completely transformed our family room.  Like Megan mentioned before, I bought some art while we were in France with the intention of making a gallery wall.  I was going to make the whole thing French themed, and while it mostly is, I also included some other art that I just happen to like.  I also printed out some of the pictures I took while we were there; my favorite is still that one of Corey in front of the Eiffel Tower.  I bought some art from Etsy and other online vendors and also made a couple of things when I realized that I didn’t have enough and was ready to get the freaking thing done.  If you guys are interested in a certain piece, let me know and I will post the source because there are too many items to post them all (and also I’m lazy and want to eat my dessert soon).  One thing that was super helpful to me was this post from Emily Henderson about inexpensive frames.  I used some Ribbas from Ikea, a couple of Pottery Barn, two of these gold beauties, and a whole lot of these Framatic ones that are absolutely my favorite.  The double mat is so nice looking and the design makes it so easy to put the pictures in and hang them.  Love.


I was so scared about the actual hanging of the frames on the wall but it turned out that that was pretty much the easiest part after I found all of the art and frames and figured out where I wanted them to go.  The trick is to roll out long pieces of kraft paper (you can buy them in rolls from Lowes) as large as the area on your wall that you want to cover.  I decided to cover from the light switches up to 3 inches from the top of the wall.  Then measure and draw out on your kraft paper any light switches/ hvac monitors/ etc on the wall to make sure you don’t try to put frames on top of them.  Lay out your art until you feel happy with how it looks, then outline each frame and measure where the nail will go.  Tape the kraft paper back up on the wall and then hammer in the nails on the marked locations.  Once Corey helped me tape back up the paper (we had two separate sections of paper since it was such a large area), it only took me about an hour to hammer in the nails and hang up the art.



Sorry for the blurry picture.  Don’t know what happened there.






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  1. Stephanie

    I love it!

  2. Megan

    This looks so amazing I could die. Can’t wait to see it in person. Corey’s Pica sketch is definitely one of my favorite artworks. Awesome job Cor.

  3. Katie

    It looks amazing! Now come do mine pretty please!

  4. Katdawg

    Just stupendously fantastical

  5. Ali Mackin

    Congratulations on completing this! I know it is a huge under taking. Your wall looks great. Your space get so much light. How wonderful. Great blog. Following via Bloglovin.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  6. Nicola

    Looks amazing!!! I absolutely love it and impressed – that looks like a lot of work, nice job!!!

  7. Kristen

    I’m such a sucker for a good gallery wall. This looks great!

  8. Colleen

    Thanks guys! I’m really happy with how it turned out!

  9. sarah w

    This looks amazing!! You clearly put forth much more effort than I did on my bridge wall, and it really shows. Am generally jealous of your wall!!

  10. Krista blanks

    Wow! Fantastic job 🙂 I have a gallery wall in my bedroom which I adore. It is definitely something that will keep you smiling for a long time!!!

    Quick question – the watercolor (?) world map… In the purples and blues… Would love to know where you found that. I’ve been wanting a world map with a twist for some time now and that is divine.

    Thanks in advance.
    Krista – from

  11. Lindsey @ be pretty

    Seriously, this looks so amazing! Tops it off as my personal favorite gallery wall that I’ve ever seen! Looks sooooooooooo amazing! Colleen, seriously girl… so good! Loved seeing you and C last weekend! 🙂 ps… I need to email you, need some help with my camera!

  12. Barbara

    May I have the source for the red parrot on the black and white striped sleeve?


    • Colleen

      Hey Barbara! So sorry for the delay! The red parrot print is from the Etsy shop Girl and Parrot. She has some fantastic stuff for great prices. It is also where I got the Zodiac print.

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