A Functional Gallery Wall in the Hall

A Functional Gallery Wall in the Hall

I'd been collecting cute things to hang in my house and it was time to make a plan.  The wall at the top of my stairs was a big blank space - the perfect place to create a statement.

I'd hung different pieces of framed art here, but being such a big space, it never looked quite right.

I'd hung different pieces of framed art here, but being such a big space, it never looked quite right.

I had some pieces I wanted to use, but I knew that they weren't enough to fill the space. I started looking around the house for pieces I could transform and make work. A rustic wooden board with a scripture verse would be my focal point.

I've had this sitting in my house just waiting to find it's home.

I've had this sitting in my house just waiting to find it's home.

My boys and I had created a big magnetic perpetual scrabble game.  We'd ordered a large pack of scrabble tiles and attached magnets to the back.

I gathered a couple framed magnet boards that we were no longer using in our living room and grabbed an arrow corkboard, unfinished mdf arrows, and a clock that I'd been looking to use somewhere.

The boys had been sneaking words onto the scrabble board for the past week.  There might be some creative spelling happening here, but they're having fun with it.

The boys had been sneaking words onto the scrabble board for the past week.  There might be some creative spelling happening here, but they're having fun with it.

I took a cute chalkboard off the mantel in my family room, and planned on adding a knob from my favorite local craft store to hang it from. 

I had taken down our F-A-M-I-L-Y frames from our dining room wall.  The boys really wanted them to stay, so I figured I'd work them in here for them.

Using some white paint and removing the decorative paper exposing the metal made the magnet boards fit the look. I also painted the mdf arrows white.

After measuring the wall space, and accounting for the light switch, I laid out a few design options on my living room floor.

When everything was dry and I'd picked out the right configuration I started hanging the pieces on the wall in the hall using a measuring tape, level, and Command Brand Velcro hanging strips.  Oh, and a chair. 

I think the wall turned out perfect for us.  While I was going for something beautiful and pleasing to the eye, I needed it to be fun and functional too. This wall will be a fun space for our family where we can create words, hang art, leave notes, and write down scriptures to 'ponderize'.  Maybe I'll even spend more time hanging out with the boys in the hall that doubles as a play space.

-Mary

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