An Inexpensive Way to Fill a Wall

Sometimes it can be overwhelming and expensive to fill a large wall with art. Either you get one huge piece or a bunch of smaller pieces. If you go the huge piece route the art/photograph can be expensive and if you have it framed it can be very expensive.

Personally, I like the inexpensive route. Right now gallery walls are very popular and can be done inexpensively. Depending on how you do it, gallery walls look good in every design style.

A gallery wall is a collection of frames grouped together to take up a large wall space.

Gallery walls can be: all the same type/size/color frame with different art, all the same type of art with different frames, and any other combo that pleases you.


I decided to do a gallery wall in my son’s room. I’d seen many free printables online and other ideas of things I could make and really liked the way they looked.

I wanted the frames to be all the same color with the art (stuff in the frames) being the colorful objects.


I started by gathering all the items I wanted to frame. I searched Pinterest and decorating blogs for ideas of things to frame. I found free printables, had a few photographs, used my son’s painted handprint, and did some other homemade things.

Once I figured out what I was framing, I made a list of what size frames and how many of each I needed. Then I started gathering my frames. I like to get most of my frames at Goodwill.

I can find ugly frames (and sometimes nice ones) there for only a few dollars each. So, for what I’d spend on a brand new one, I can sometimes get about 4 frames. You’ll have to visit a few times usually before you’ll find everything you need.


When I look for frames I don’t look at what’s framed, I look at the frame itself. I’m looking for wood or plastic frames in good shape, because I’ll take them home and paint them. That’s what I mean by ugly.

I also pay attention to the shape or profile of the frame, because that’s what you will see when it’s painted.

When I get the frames home, I take everything out of them (glass included) and start cleaning them up. I either paint them with left over wall paint or spray paint. The quickest and easiest way is definitely spray paint!

I spray paint in my garage, because in Oklahoma it’s always windy and windy and spray paint are enemies, so the garage it is.


Once the frames are painted and dry (let them cure about 24hrs) then the fun starts with matching art to frame and putting them all back together again. After that I lay them out on the floor and start playing around with arrangements until I find one I like.

I just start hammering nails into the wall eyeballing the placement but I’ve heard of others making templates with paper and taping it to the wall to get a more perfect placement. I’ve also heard of using Velcro strips instead of nails but I like old fashioned nails!


Once they are up enjoy! This is a inexpensive project and can have great impact. Have fun with it!

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Marixa Willis

Marixa Willis, of Life on Purpose, is a full time stay at home wife/mother/creative/blogger. She is passionate about living life on purpose in all aspects. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and son.

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