Gallery Wall Inspiration: 12 Foot Long Headache

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so ready for the weekend. This week just flew by in a blink! For the past few days we’ve been working on a gallery wall for a super long wall in our living room. If you read the title of this post you would know that the wall is about 12 feet long. There is a “mantle” attached to the wall as well that is probably over 9 feet.  Here’s a picture:

Gallery Wall Long Mantle

This picture doesn’t even really show just how long this wall really is! We believe that a gallery is the best choice and we’ve always wanted one in the apartment and this wall appears to be the best location for one. Here is a roundup of some gallery walls we love found via pinterest or the web.

Gallery Wall Gold FramesCredit

What I love the most about this gallery wall is the arrangement. The collection of gold frames vary in size and that metallic “B” is a great standout. This is probably the photo that we’ll take the most inspiration from since we also want our frames to be gold.

Gallery Wall Black & White FramesCredit

I really like the bold and dramatic look the black frames create. It’s a great way to display family photos.

Gallery Wall Teal Bedroom

Credit: Lonny Mag Aug/Sept 2010 Designed by Ben Brougham

Is Lonny Magazine not one of the best interior design magazines ever? Each page is full of inspiring interiors. This gallery wall is very eclectic and it looks great against the teal.

 Gallery Wall Art Lonny Magazine

Credit: Lonny Mag Jan/Feb 2011

Lonny Magazine for the win again! I love everything about this gallery wall especially the showcase of art. If only I was an artist I could recreate some of these. Wishful thinking.

Gallery Wall Tufted Sofa


There is nothing better than a gallery wall behind an amazing tufted sofa. The gallery wall serves as the statement piece in this bedroom.

I’m sure there are a lot of amazing gallery walls out there but I wanted to feature some that may not all over blogland and some that had the look we are hoping to recreate.

In the past two days I’ve probably purchased up to 20 frames from thrift stores and the goodwill. I’ve been lucky enough to find an array of frames in various sizes  and nothing too fancy. Some of the frames even have some decent artwork in them.  Yesterday I arranged some frames on the floor for the gallery wall.

Gallery Wall

Not too bad right? The width of that arrangement measures to about 8 feet, which is why I purchased 8 frames today to make up for the leftover 4 feet. I’m sure we’ll still need to purchase more frames, but good thing purchasing frames from the thrift stores are cheaper than Ikea. We want all our frames to be gold as I mentioned before and that’s where Rub n Buff in Gold Leaf comes in. I can’t state enough how amazing this stuff is. It easily covered a black plastic frame with ease.

Gallery Wall

Can you tell which one did not start off as gold? No? The frame furthest to the right was dark wood. I can’t believe how great the coverage is.

Gallery WallAll of these frames were antiqued with Rub n Buff. A little goes a long way.

This is my attempt on Photoshop to create a gallery wall using the first featured photo above.

Fake Gallery Wall

After creating my fake gallery wall I just knew that was the way to go. Of course I should have created this before I bought 20 frames but we all have to live on the edge sometimes. I’m hoping to keep the budget for this gallery wall under $75-100 with the purchase of frames and art. Let’s face it 12 feet is a lot of wall space, thankfully the mantle takes up majority of the vertical space. Wish us good luck!

Linking up:

At the Picket Fence – Inspiration Friday 

Common Ground – Vintage Inspiration Friday 

Faith, Trust and a Little Pixie Dust – Fabulous Friday Linky Party 

French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday

My Romantic Home – Show And Tell Friday

The Charm of Home – Home Sweet Home

The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday

2805 – Potpourri Friday

Freestyle Friday @ Happy Hour Projects

Delicately Constructed Friday @ Delicate Construction



Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, DIY, Inspiration, Thrift Shopping

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Kahli was born one minute after Milla. She is a pinterest addict and will dedicate numerous hours to cataloging inspiration.

9 Responses to Gallery Wall Inspiration: 12 Foot Long Headache

  1. Katie @ Wildwood Creek

    Love the gallery wall you created in photoshop. It will look amazing!

    • Milla

      Hi Katie! Always good to hear from you. I’m hoping we can recreate it just like this

  2. Jenny @ Simcoe Street

    Love the inspiration! Can’t wait to see how it turns out


  3. pc

    Great and very inspiring post…now I’m looking at the blank wall in the walkway…but all I can recall are how sweet and identical you and your twin! Love – PC

  4. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}

    Oh my god, your photoshopped wall looks AMAZING. Definitely go for it! I love that you’ve decided on doing all gold frames – it’s going to look fabulous.

    I actually just posted about my own gallery wall in my dining room – stop by and have a look! I love your inspiration pics as well, fabulous!

  5. Jill

    Awesome idea to photoshop it first – it looks fabulous!

  6. Sherry

    Turned out very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

    • Kahli

      Oh we’re not done yet :) in fact we didn’t even start hanging yet haha

  7. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust

    Good luck! I think this is a perfect wall for a grouping. Can’t wait to see it when you’re done.

    Warmly, Michelle

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