I believe I've mentioned that I take a long time to decide/finish/do stuff in my house, yes? Well I have another confession to make and it involves the bare walls of my home: I take forever to getting around to hanging stuff up.
Take the huge, blank wall in my entryway. I knew I wanted to use my own photographs on the wall, but I couldn't quite decide how I wanted to display them. Then one day my husband went to a friend's garage sale and came home with this:
Then one day inspiration struck. I could combine the frame and my photo gallery wall together if I cut up the frame and used it as...well...a frame for my frames!
But the first thing to do was decide how to display my photos. Originally I planned to print my photos on square canvases, but I decided I liked the option of being able to change out the photos on the wall whenever the mood struck me or when the season changed. I found some frames on clearance at Michaels and printed up the photos at Costco. Each photo was $2.99, and the frames were marked down from $12.99 each to $4.00 each. So in addition to the flexibility the frames give me, they saved me some sweet moola over the price of canvas prints as well.
If you'd like to duplicate this idea, the next part is tricky if you're not a math whiz. I myself am more of an "eyeball-er" so lining pictures up in a perfect grid and placing the frame corners on the wall so that they line up is a bit beyond my skill set. If that's you, then find a friend/husband/neighbor/mailman to help you measure everything out. If you're the math genius, it's still helpful to have an extra set of hands to help you hold up the level/measure/etc.
We used these hangers to hang the corners:
Did I mention that the last two photos were taken at midnight? Yes. It took me forever to decide what I wanted to do but when I did? It had to be done and it had to be done now so my very loving husband did this with me at midnight. He was only slightly grumpy.
Here's the finished gallery wall with the end tables I posted about previously: