Living Room Gallery Wall

It feels like forever that I’ve been dreaming of a big, pretty gallery wall in my living room. I must have pinned a thousand inspiration ideas before deciding to tackle this big project! And to be honest, I was a little intimidated at the idea of putting together and entire collection of beautifully random, yet artfully cohesive pieces to fill the large wall above our couch. I wanted it to feel just right. The perfect display of our family all wrapped up in wall of frames…

Well guess what ya’ll, I did it!

A large, 14-piece gallery wall complete with cherished family photos, unique thrifted finds, DIY artwork, and a pallet wood arrow that I’m BEYOND smitten with… all for UNDER $20!! Yes, I said $20! You definitely don’t want to miss these gallery wall ideas PLUS my easy hanging trick!

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Words cannot express how happy I am to finally share this post with you. If you follow me on Instagram (what up Insta-peeps!), you’ve gotten some sneak peeks at a few of the projects I’ve been working on for the gallery wall, and I know you’ve been patiently waiting to see the finished product! So without further adieu, here’s how the gallery wall came to be:

Step 1: Shop, Thrift, Re-use, and Upcycle!

My first task was to shop around at thrift stores for old frames. I hit up Goodwill and scored probably 6 or 7 good size frames for around $20. I made sure to pick a variety of sizes and materials, such as metal and wood, that I knew I would create interest on the wall. When you’re looking for frames, don’t forget that you can easily spray paint them to whatever color you desire!

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

I brought everything home and laid them out on the floor, adding a few pieces I already owned… a blank canvas, my framed key specimen art, a small chalkboard, and a few small signs that needed a makeover. This was a great chance to clean out my closet and use up some of the items that I’ve had sitting around for awhile! I measured the wall above my couch and arranged the frames on the floor to those dimensions. Then I grabbed a piece of notebook paper and sketched out what I wanted to do with each frame. I sprayed a lot of them white to keep the wall light and spread a mixture of black, gold metal, and wood tones throughout the remaining pieces.

Step 2: Hang it up!

(Are you ready for my awesome hanging trick? Seriously,  write this one down!)
Once I was ready to hang everything on the wall, I used this simple trick:

1) First, I traced each frame on paper and cut the shape out. Any scrap paper will do… newspaper, brown paper bags, or even wax paper. I had a roll of white drawing paper, so I went with that.

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

2) Then I placed the paper on the back of the frame and made a hole where the nail should go.

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

3) Then came the fun part… arranging everything on the wall! The easiest way I’ve found to do this was to first mark off the area where you want your frames to go. My frames took up about a 7′ x 3′ space, so I found the center of the wall and how far above my couch I wanted the frames to start and used masking tape to create a 7′ x 3′ box on the wall. I didn’t have any exact measurements on the spacing of each frame, so I just eyeballed where I wanted each paper to go. I started with a paper from the center and worked my way out from there.

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

4) Once I had all the papers in place, we drilled through the hole in each paper to add an anchor and screw in the wall. Our house is on the older side, and these walls are TOUGH to drill through. Simple nails either bend or just tear up the wall, so my husband used a masonry bit and wall anchors to make sure everything stays where it’s supposed to. Even though our walls are a pain to drill through, it was SUPER easy to find each screw placement because of the handy templates I made! No guess work, and no 1,000 holes in the wall!

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

I tore all the tape and paper down and hung my frames on the wall. Now every time I walk into my living room, I get to swoon over this gorgeous gallery wall!

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s the perfect mix of black and white with just the right amount of rustic wood tones and a bit of gold glam. I love it! Seriously, I cannot stop smiling! Instead of giving you a play by play on each individual piece, I’ll just let the photos do the talking and hopefully spark some inspiration…

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

So what do you think? I’m dying to know… what’s your favorite piece?? Is there a certain one you’d love to see a tutorial on? I have step-by-step tutorials lined up for a few of the pieces in the next couple weeks, so leave me a comment and let me know which individual projects you’d like to see!

The Cost:

So I told you this gallery wall cost under $20, right? Well here’s a little breakdown on how I kept such a tiny budget to cover a ton of wall space: I mentioned earlier that I spent about $20 in frames at the thrift store. I didn’t end up using all of them so a few will be re-purposed for another project. I already had the big white canvas from a two-pack I bought awhile ago. The small chalkboard I already had from a kitchen project, and I painted over a few small signs that didn’t fit my style anymore. And the wood arrow was made from a pallet that my sweet sister picked up for me. Best. Sister. Ever. I had plenty of spray paint, stain, markers, and those sort of supplies on hand, so the only other thing I purchased for this wall was a paper mache letter F. That’s it! A little spray paint and some thrifted frames can go a LONG way, my friends!

I’ve never shown much of my living room here on the blog before (mostly because there’s so much I want to work on), but I thought I’d give you a little peek at what everything looks like.

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

Woodlawn Colonial Gray walls with a simple, darker gray couch and a cream and gray stripe rug. Can you tell what colors I like? Lol! I used to have a big, dark wood coffee table, but it was too much dark furniture for me, so I switched it out for a simple glass coffee table with a black frame from Walmart that I really love. The glass gives an airier feel to the space.

I’m constantly switching out pillows on the couch (chronic re-decorator right here!), but right now I have a few solid color clearance finds, an adorable antler pillow from Parris Chic Boutique, and some of the easy DIY pillows I made awhile back. Click here to check out those tutorials!

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

As I said before, I’ll be sharing tutorials for some of the pieces in the gallery wall coming up, plus a few furniture makeovers and more fun living room updates! I just love how my living room is shaping up! If you’re reading this, thank you for sticking around through tons of photos, and I hope you’re inspired to create a gallery wall in your home too!

Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get all the best tips and tricks from LoveGrowsWild.com

To see all the project tutorials from our living room gallery wall, click the links below:

DIY Wood Pallet Arrow
Fabric-Covered Frame Mats
DIY Canvas Script Art
Key Specimen Art

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Comments

  1. Love it Liz! It’s perfect.

  2. I love a good gallery wall, Liz, and yours turned out GORGEOUS! It’s a perfect balance of neutrals, textures, and different media. Seriously beautiful…I would smile every time I looked at it, too! :)

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you, Samantha!! I was so intimidated at first because I wanted it to be the perfect blend all my favorite styles. I’m very, very excited how it all turned out! Mission accomplished. Now to tackle the mess my office has been left in during operation: gallery wall. :)

  3. AMAZING!! One of my favorites I’ve seen!! I’m loving the wooden arrow!

  4. I Love your gallery wall! I just did an $8.00 gallery wall for my daughter’s room and did the same letter inside a frame. I also have a similar number 4. We must have the same taste :) My favorite part off your wall is the wooden arrow. I’ve got to make one of those. Great job!

    P.S. I found you through Tatertos and Jello!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Great minds think alike, right? Lol! I’m so glad you enjoyed the wall! Don’t you just love putting together a fun displays like this?

  5. Very nice! I love the variety you have going. :)

  6. Lovely gallery wall! I love how your simple details when pulled altogether, is so rich! Amazing you were able to complete it for $20! Kari

  7. This post is so timely. We moved into our house about 7 months ago. We are wrapping up a lot of the paint projects now. Up next pictures!!

  8. Love the gallery wall! What a beautiful display – it inspires me to consider something similar for our basement! Visiting from Six Sisters’! Have a lovely weekend!

  9. Since we just moved into our home last year and some (lots) of our decor/pics are still unpacked, my many many blank walls are screaming ‘make me pretty’! This is amazing inspiration to help me tackle them! Thanks a bunch for sharing Liz!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      You are so very welcome, Danielle! I still have SO many things on my decorating to-do list, and we’re almost at 2 years living in this house! Lol :) Have fun tackling those blank walls, girl!

  10. Did you make the “happily ever after sign’?

  11. It’s perfect, Liz :) I have this on my to do list as well for our bedroom! It’s a blank canvas right now. Thanks for the hanging tips! I usually just wing it then I have a mad husband :)

    • Liz Fourez says:

      The hubs said I’ve reached my “hole in the wall” limit, so I have to be choosy now where I start hammering away! Lol :) I bet you’ll create a gorgeous gallery wall for your bedroom!

  12. I found you on pinterest. This is beautiful! I really love the keys and the arrow! What a cool gift your sister gave you. I have one big gallery wall with thrift store frames and dollar store frames in my kitchen, and I think I’m going to change things up a bit after seeing yours!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Michele! That arrow from the pallet my sister gave me was such a fun project and has a great story too. I love having decor in my home that can make me smile like that! Isn’t it great how you can create a big gallery wall so inexpensively with thrift store frames? Have fun re-decorating! I bet it will turn out fabulous. :)

  13. I love your gallery wall! I’m in the process of collecting frames and such to create my own. I use your paper template trick to hang stuff on the walls too!

  14. It looks beautiful! I’ve been working on a gallery wall in our family room for a while now, but I’m not loving it yet. I love how you created a balanced grouping without it being symmetrical. That’s my biggest stumbling point. The paper trick is awesome too. That’s how I’ve been hanging pieces too, and it’s so much easier for me and friendlier to my walls. Now they only get one hole per pic instead of the 3 or so I used to make before. :)

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Lol! I agree, one hole is much better than three! That was one of my main focuses with this wall, balance without complete symmetry. I think it gives it more of a relaxed, natural feel. Keep re-arranging and playing with new pieces, and you’ll get the balance right! So glad you could stop by, Emily! :)

  15. Hi Liz, this is such a great way to hang a gallery! I am going to pull my things off the wall and do it properly now. Well… After I patch she paint the walls from the mess of holes behind all the art. Thanks so much!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      All those holes are a pain, aren’t they? But so worth it for a gorgeous gallery wall to look at! Good luck with yours, Fran!

  16. Your gallery wall turned out great. I’m currently working on redoing a gallery wall in my hallway and I keep procrastinating. Kudos to keeping your project less than $20. I won’t be able to say that, but I have been getting frames on sale at Hobby Lobby :) Great tips!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you so much, Dawn! Gallery walls are so fun to play with! I’m sure it will just be a matter of time before I start rearranging mine. :)

  17. Wow! What an awesome gallery wall. Love it. It really is perfect. You have a great balance of sizes, tones, textures going on there. Very inspiring! Pinned and going to use for inspo… some day…

  18. Please share how you made your arrow!

  19. Love this whole wall, everything is perfect!

    • I keep starring at it for inspiration for my wall I’m neglecting! Lol.

      • Liz Fourez says:

        You are seriously the sweetest, Rebecca! I know how crazy creative you are, and I’m sure your wall will turn out beautifully! P.S. can I just say how excited I am to meet you at SNAP??

  20. Hi Liz, stopping by from the Sunday Soiree. I can’t believe how inexpensively you created your gallery wall, and thanks for the great tips too. I am in love with that arrow, so awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. I love your gallery wall! It turned out awesome. Don’t you just love when that happens? I really love the pallet arrow, number 4 and Happily Ever After. Did you make the 4 and Happily Ever After? Really everything looks so great!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I do! I was so intimidated at first about pulling all these thrifted, mismatched pieces together, but I really love the way it all turned out! I did make the 4 and the Happily Ever After sign… I just painted over an old sign and used a stencil to paint on the 4, and I’ll have a tutorial for the other sign on the blog soon! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! :)

  22. I am loving your gallery wall. I too am working on my living room and have pinned all kinds of gallery walls for when I finally do one myself. I’ll be pinning yours too! I’d love it if you chose to share this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. The party is usually up by 6:00 pm Tuesday evenings. I am off to explore some of those other projects of yours. Have a super week! ~Deborah

  23. IT’s perfect — seriously!! Thank you for sharing & inspiring!

  24. Sharaya says:

    So basically in order to have it come to under $20, you have to own everything already. Haha If you truely bought everything on your wall, it would come out to quite a bit more and most people don’t have all that stuff lying around. Plus the cost of printing photos, etc. It’s a great wall and you did an awesome job on it, but telling people they can do all of that for under $20 isn’t really true…

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Those are all good points, Sharaya. I did have some of the pieces already, but many needed a complete makeover, and I purchased a lot of the frames from the thrift store. The purpose was to show that you don’t have to buy pre-finished, high end artwork from a store, but instead use what you already have re-purposed in a new way. A little spray paint can completely transform a collection of mismatched pieces! I totally understand what you mean, but I wanted to show how I personally created this gallery wall for under $20 and ways you can do the same thing on a small budget. Thanks for the feedback!

  25. I love this! You did such a good job! Thanks for linking up at Sunday Soiree!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      You are the sweetest, Marie! Thank you so much! And I agree, that paper trick saves a ton of holes in the wall. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Oh and that is my favorite way of hanging stuff by ‘mapping’ it out with paper first! Saves many holes in the wall!

  27. What a great idea! Love how this gallery wall turned out – so inspiring!

  28. Shari norman says:

    LOVE!!! I want this on my wall! Totally copying some of your fantastic ideas!

  29. This is an amazing gallery wall. Love the eclectic mix of frames and rustic accessories. My favorite is the happily ever after script art. I’m a strong lover of typography. Again great job!

  30. Thanks for linking this up. I LOVE it! I pinned and shared it on FB :)

  31. This is really well done – I love it – great job!

  32. I love this gallery. I’ve been planning on doing one for a while, just haven’t gotten around to gathering what I really want on the wall. Pinning for inspiration.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you, Christina! It does take a little bit of planning, but gallery walls are easily adaptable and can be switched out easily, which I love. I just get bored with the same decor all the time. Lol :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  33. Love it! My favorite is the happily ever after sign!! Tutorial?? :)

  34. I’m just going to copy everything you have, okay? This is so lovely. I wish I had your creativity! <3

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Copy away, girlfriend! I’m so glad you like it! And trust me, once you start getting those creative juices going, they’ll flow right out of you. :)

  35. Loving this gallery wall so much! We are in the process of building a house so it is fun to gather ideas and dream about the new space! I also love your sofa. Would you mind sharing where you got it?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Sure! I got the couch from Ashley Furniture. And how exciting to be building your own house! So much to look forward to decorating!

  36. Veronica says:

    Me encantó haré algo así, mil gracias por la inspiración

  37. Hey Liz, I ADORE your gallery wall. I love that arrow so much, I see pallets all the time and think I need to make something, so now I know what I will make. I also love the canvas happily every after board. Did you buy or make it? I will be sharing your gallery wall in a round up.

    Have a great day. jen

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you SO much, Jen!! I’m super proud how this little wall turned out! I also made the “happily ever after” sign and should have a tutorial up in the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by and for the feature! :)

  38. This wall is beyond perfect! I’m slightly obsessed with gallery walls, both large & small :) your arrow is my favorite… Also, did you paint & stencil the “4″ piece? Working on a wall for my baby on the way’s nursery… I definitely have some new inspiration. Thank you :) You have a new follower!!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you so much, Rachael! You are too sweet! I did paint and stencil over an old sign I had for the number 4, and it was such an easy makeover. I bet something like this would look darling in your nursery! Congrats!

  39. Best gallery wall I have seen and pinned ;) when can we expect the tutorial for the happily ever after canvas and number 4 sign??? I’m anxious can you tell!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      You are TOO sweet, Amanda!! Thank you! I’ll have a tutorial for the “happily ever after” canvas in the next few weeks, and the number 4 sign was just done with a little paint and a stencil. I’m so glad you like my gallery wall!

  40. Absolutely fabulous ! You said it right, the perfect balance. You are an inspiration.

  41. Love the feather print! Can you please send me the file or link as to where you got it?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Kim! I actually re-used an old sign I had for the feather art. I first painted over the original print in white, then found a feather image I liked on Google Images and copied that onto the sign using a fine tip Sharpie. I always love when I can re-use old decor to create something new!

  42. I LOVE this!! I might try to copy you, like… a lot!! Where did you get the map prints?? I wish my house looked like this. Gorgeous!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Go for it, Jill! I’m thrilled to have inspired you a little! The map prints are actually images I found from a Google search. I just enlarged them and cut them to fit the frames! Have fun creating some new artwork for your home!!

      xoxo Liz

  43. Hi! Where is the grey couch from? I love it. It looks super comfy.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Megan! I purchased our couches from Ashley Furniture. They’re pretty darn comfy, if I do say so myself! ;)

  44. Beautiful and creative! I love the gold paper mach ‘F’! I have had a hard time finding good gold paint, what do you use?

  45. Thanks for the tutorial on the wall, and the ones to come on its contents. I am sorry if this is redundant; I tried to read through all the comments to find info, but I have three little kids so I have to move fast! I actually pinned this for info on your couch! The wall is awesome, but I’m loving your couch. Can you tell me the details? Thanks!

    • oh wait, I literally just saw the comment above mine. Ha, ha. Sorry, see…three kids and mama’s brain. Just delete both my comments if you want!

      • Liz Fourez says:

        Haha no worries, Lauren! I totally understand having mommy brain! Just let me know if you have any other questions, and I’m happy to help!!

  46. I found this post on Pinterest as I’m planning my own gallery wall and want to say THANK YOU! Great round up of how to keep it simple and look fabulous. Have a great day!
    xo Heidi

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I’m so thrilled to hear that, Heidi! Best of luck with your gallery wall, and I would love to see how it turns out!

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