I don't know what I'm more excited about: finally starting the house demolition process or caving in and deciding to decorate my office in our current rental.
The first is obviously a much-bigger, more-rewarding project, but if you've missed seeing snapshots of this space as much as I have, then the latter will have you super pumped for what's to come in the next few weeks! Besides, as I found out earlier this week, I am by no means physically prepared for the demolition, as was illustrated by my attempt to tear down drywall.
FYI, it's three days later, and I am still sore.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. When we first moved into our townhome a month ago, I told myself I wouldn't waste any time or resources on making this place feel like home – simply because I had bigger and better things to tend to, like the aforementioned house reno.
But you know me – I am not one to settle for mediocrity, so while the husband was demolishing the new place, I decided to focus my energy on what was in front of me – an empty second bedroom.
As my BFF Anne of Green Gables used to say, one can dream so much better in a room filled with pretty things!
That was all the encouragement I needed.
Obviously budget was an issue – I wasn't about to spend a single penny on our temporary housing situation when, again, something much bigger and better was in our near future (crossing my fingers for the "near" part). So I brainstormed decorating ideas using items I already owned.
Today, as part of the new office unveil, I'm bringing you this super easy, 3-step process for creating a DIY gallery wall on a budget. I hope you'll find this article useful. If nothing else, I hope you're simply more aware that you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to transform your space.
STEP 1: Gather your artwork.
Chances are, you already own a collection of favorite magazine clippings, a few DIY items and miscellaneous wall decor you find inspiring. If not, a good place to start is a pile of fashion magazines, Pinterest and Etsy – more specifically, the FOXY OXIE Shop, where you can instantly download wall art for as low as $8.00!
Okay, now that we've gotten the shameless self-promotion out of the way, on to step two.
STEP 2: Arrange your artwork.
After you've downloaded or cut out your collection of inspirational images, next step is to arrange them in some sort of aesthetically pleasing way on the floor.
A few words about the "aesthetically pleasing" part. We all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so what's aesthetically pleasing to me may not be aesthetically pleasing to you. In other words, forget what you've heard. There is no magic formula to arranging a gallery wall. My two pieces of advice is to try to maintain the same amount of space around each piece, and try to distribute items of similar sizes evenly across the wall – meaning that if you have five 8x11" prints, don't put them all next to each other.
To add a bit of visual interest and a pop of color, I used neon pink paper and striped card stock as a faux frame around some of the artwork.
STEP 3: Tape your artwork to the wall.
After you've found a layout that you like, simply mimic it on the wall, using pieces of washi tape to secure your artwork. Start with the center piece and work your way outward. I opted for black washi tape to scale down some of the vibrancy of the wall.
Then I also remembered that I had some IKEA frames lying around and brought those into the mix, but you can get the same look without the frames.
Still stuck? Check out my Gallery Walls Pinterest board for inspiration!
Voila, you've got a gallery wall for next to nothing – without all of the measuring-tracing-framing-nailing-crying-in-frustration nonsense!
Please share your own DIY gallery wall! Post a photo in the comment section or share it on Instagram with the hashtag #FOXYOXIE, and you could just be the lucky one to win a $25 gift card to the FOXY OXIE Shop!