This is kind of a big deal post for me. Not because creating a gallery wall of artwork is so revolutionary or anything. It’s just that this has been one of those nagging projects that has taken literally over six months to get finished. It just sat in the corner begging for attention as I refused to make eye contact. But finally Jake’s room has some artwork in it. Hooray! And it happened before he went off to college, bonus! (stay tuned, next week is the full nursery reveal!) I couldn’t be happier with the end result! Say hello to my little friend, the Charley Harper Gallery Wall.
Charley Harper is one of my favorite artists and I just knew the contents of this book would make great artwork. I love that it is both whimsical and sophisticated, at the same time allowing the images to work for years to come. Plus, using artwork from a book is a great way to economically create a gallery wall. Just make sure to carefully use a box cutter or razor to remove the pages you want to use. Because we were careful, even with these few pages missing it still works as a fab coffee table book!
Once we had the pages we were using removed from the book and mattes ready to go, it was time to get going. (Note: We use Mattes and More for custom mattes and have them shipped to us directly. It’s really easy, pretty inexpensive and they have always done a great job for us!)
I simply taped the pages to the back of the matte. To make sure there is no buckling,I literally taped the entire page perimeter to the matte. This picture is from early January so you can see that I still had my loooong hair and a fuller post-prego figure if you catch my drift!
White Ribba frames from Ikea were perfect for the look we were going for. Only thing is that once home I realized the frames were an odd size. Since the mattes had already been ordered for 11×14 frames, we worked with Mattes and More to simply add another layer and actually the end result of a double matte looks even better. I guess that’s what people call a “happy accident?”
The frames, being pretty cheap Ikea frames, needed a little finessing. We ended up adding these hangers to the back of the frame. All it took was two small nails to keep it in place.
We hung the frames 3.5 inches apart in two rows.
And our Charley Harper Gallery Wall in Jake’s nursery was ready! It was definitely worth the wait and I just love the final product so much. I keep staring at it and can’t ever settle on which image if my favorite.
So, that’s the Charley Harper Gallery Wall we’ve got going on. I can’t wait to share more nursery pics with you next week after I sort and edit them! In the meantime let me know what you think and have a great weekend!