Art is expensive. Even printed, mass produced (and seriously fugly) art is expensive. A gallery wall is a great way to decorate a whole wall on a budget. Even further, your gallery wall is completely customizable! All pieces can be worth something and meaningful to you. Here is one of my gallery walls, pictured below.
What I like best is that my gallery wall has a story to tell! I had a great time collecting and hunting for these pieces, all over the country! Another thing I love is that the entire wall pictured above cost me far less than $100.
I scored all of the antique green frames & the green shelf off of Craig’s List in the suburbs of Saint Louis, all for $35 dollars. They all came painted in that color, but you can easily do this yourself if you’d like.
I also got the large white mirror from a different seller on Craig’s List in Saint Louis–$20. What I love about the mirror is that it almost exactly matches the patterning on my kitchen table!
The gold frame underneath the mirror was picked up at The Big Heap here in Scottsdale last fall ($2.) This is the same place I got my china cabinet!
Here’s a closeup! The pieces at the top of the frame are from Hobby Lobby and the little branch thingie in the middle is from Jo-Ann Fabrics. These craft stores, especially Hobby Lobby, have a ton of home decor and they are always having sales.
Lastly, there are a few little frames that used to be picture frames that I had around the house, but I re-purposed them for my wall!
This gallery wall is far better than some canvas of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn that you impulse buy from the sale section of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Amiright?
Here are my tips:
- Choose items of different shapes, textures, & sizes!
- You’ll save money by collecting items from vintage sales and Goodwill (remember to go on Super Saturdays!)
- Don’t worry about things “going together.” Just remember, to stick to your style and tastes!
- I don’t lay everything out before I put my items on the wall. I just grab a hammer & nails and go with it!
Make sure to check out my other tips for decorating on a budget here!