DIY Vintage Print Staircase Gallery Wall
Hey there friend!
I hope this finds you well! As usual we’ve been busy around here between the farm babes and farmhouse renovations. But I’m trying to sneak in some fun, easy decor projects along the way because it’s good for the creative soul! Enter the inexpensive DIY staircase gallery wall!
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In sharing the gallery wall you’re also seeing our *almost* finished staircase too! We just have a couple things to do! But the newel post base will have to wait until we lay the new flooring before we can finish it.
If you missed our flooring announcement you can check that out HERE!
Gallery Wall Frames
I wanted this wall to have a cohesive, curated feel. I decided to use all gold vintage frames. I had a couple on had and found the rest on eBay. I ended up with over 30 frames for around $65. They range in size from 2×3 to 8×10. I love that they’re all slightly different in design and gold/brass tone.
Modifying the Frames
Since most of these were made to be table frames and came with stands on the back I had to modify them to hang on the wall. First I ripped off the stand so they would hang flush. Then I hot glued some new saw tooth picture frame hangers on the back. I added two so they could hang at either orientation since I didn’t have the prints for them yet.
Hanging the Gallery Wall Frames
I plan on adding more frames and really filling this wall over time. But to start with the frames I had I wanted the to be visible above the railing. So I ran a piece of painters tape along the wall at the same angle as the railing, but slightly above it. This would mark the lowest point I would want the corners of my frames to touch.
Then I simply jumped in and started hanging them. You could lay them out on the floor ahead of time, but I really like piecing them in as I go. I started at the bottom making sure some of my favorites would be seen. As I worked my way up I would hang one or two of the 8x10s, which were the biggest, at a time. Then fill in around them with the smaller frames until I reached the top.
Staircase Gallery Wall Prints
After the frames were hung I ordered downloadable prints from Etsy. I think of our big windows as my favorite art in the house, and wanted to mimic those views on this interior wall. I did this by choosing all landscape or countryside prints. This also created that curated feel I was wanting.
I’ll link some of the shops I went through here:
Each print was between $3-$5. I downloaded them and then uploaded them to Staples, which is where I had them printed off for pickup. I printed off enough 8x10s for the 8×10 frames and then an additional 6 – 8x10s to cut to fill in all the smaller frames. This was wayyy easier than trying to figure out which print I wanted where, and what size I needed it to be ahead of time. Plus it gave me more creative freedom!
Filling the Gallery Wall Frames
Again, I started with some of my most favorite prints like this sheep one pictured below 😉 I filled all the 8×10 frames first and then all the smaller ones. I LOVE how it turned out!
DIY Vintage Print Staircase Gallery Wall
This wall breathed so much life into this room! And it honestly just feels so good to get some decor up on the walls! I did end up removing the glass from the frames which made the art so much more visible without the reflection of the windows and door on the opposite wall. We’ve enjoyed them so much already! Let me know if you have any questions!
The area has come such a long way! I’ll be finishing up another part of it that I can’t wait to share with you soon! But for now back to work in the dining room and I’m officially on lamb watch! Eeeek!
Keep up with that progress so far HERE and HERE AND everything daily @midcounty_journal on Instagram!
Sending so much love your way! Thanks for stopping by the blog!
Oh its BEAUTIFUL!!!! JUST STUNNING!! I luv luv the prints! Wonderful job girl!!
Thank you Dina!! It’s feeling more and more like home ❤️❤️
I love your landscape style of prints That would be my choice. Good luck with your lambs
Thank you Claudia! I’m so excited to welcome more babies to the farm ❤️❤️
Oh it so Beautiful, Love everything you have done and your wallpaper 💕
Thanks so much Margaret! Have a great evening!! 🤗
Love how it turned out. I’m familiar with these kind of frames because I grew up with them! I noticed that you glued one of the sawtooth hangers on backing at the bottom open edge of the frame. Did you remember to flip it so that the sawtooth holds the weight of the backing at the top? Otherwise it could slip right out and you may end up with the glass coming out as well. Don’t ask me how I know