I have been struggling and debating over what to do in our stairwell. The big blank walls were killing me. They needed something, anything to fill up some of the space.
Initially, I was hesitant on installing pictures in the space. Personally, I am not a big family photo display sort of person. I wanted to keep all our family photos on the 2nd floor, the personal space floor. But after some thinking and brain storming, I finally caved and decided to go ahead and install a family photo gallery wall in the stairwell.
***Getting pictures of this space was a tad challenging.***
In tackling this project, I first had to decided what I sort of frames and photos I wanted. I knew I wanted a ton of frames spaced closely together, but I needed to figure out if I wanted all white frames, all black frames, black and white photos or colored photos. I had already had 2 smaller gallery walls started, one with black frames with B&W photos and another with white frames with colored photos. I decided to go with the flow and combine what I already had started.
Although, I had already had some frames, I did not have nearly enough. So, off I went to Ikea I went to purchase another 30+ frames.
I wish I could say I had some magic formula on how I figured out placement, but in the end it was more like playing around with a puzzle. I will try and show you what I did...
I first figured out where eye level was on the wall. I ended up at 64" above the floor. I marked that measurement at various places going down the stairs. I then ran some painters tape to connect that measurement, giving me the center of where I wanted the frames to go.
I measured the length of the wall and marked off an similar space on my living room floor. I then started placing the frames in the space, trying to vary size and color.
I then just started at the bottom and worked my way up the stairs, placing and adjusting the templates as I went.
And all the way up I went...
The installation process goes a bit like this...
1. Pound in nail
2. Find correct frame
3. Add putty to corners of frames
5. Level and press into place (The putty helps keep the frame level)
6. Go to next frame.
Really pretty easy, jut time consuming. I did have one big oops, as a frame fell off the wall.
So, what do you think?
I am loving it, and I still have room to fill in. I would love to bring the photos up, filling it in closer to the ceiling.