Paris Gallery Wall & Ikea Ribba Frame Hack

Hello there!

Do you like gallery walls? I sure do! I think they're a great way to bring a good punch of style to any empty wall or room. Today I have a beautiful Paris gallery wall to share with you, which has a little Ikea hack in the works, perfect for renters who can't drive nails or screws on those walls.

For the past couple of weeks I've been working on bringing warmth and style to the room you see in the picture below. It belongs to one of my daughter's friends, her first room/apartment after venturing in the world on her own and she needed help bringing her vision to reality.
She wanted this decent sized bright room to be turned into an elegant Paris retreat, and she wanted to have lots of pink, black and gold accents. She also had a desk and dresser with a T.V. in front of the bed, but those pictures will be shared in an upcoming post for the reveal.

The gallery wall was the first project to be tackled here, because it will be the focal point of this room and will certainly fill that empty space above the bed.

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I first thought on adding a peel and stick wallpaper to that entire wall, but the big size of the wall and the fact that maybe after installing the wallpaper I would need extra wall art, made me go another route.

I also considered a removable wallpaper mural like the one you see HERE. The problem with the mural was its size, not big enough to cover the entire wall and it would've needed a frame to look finished.

Both, the wallpaper and the mural, were nice alternatives, but I thought that a gallery wall with black frames and pretty Parisian pictures would be a fancier alternative, even though it was a more expensive solution.

I bought all the beautiful prints/posters at the Poster Store. The paper is thick and the quality is superb. I even got lots of inspiration from their web site on how to decorate this room.
| Poster Store |

The Poster Store also sells the frames, but I went on a more economical route with the Ikea Ribba frames.
Here you can see me organizing the posters with their corresponding Ikea frames.

Each Ikea frame comes with the corresponding mat. Most of those mats didn't align with the pictures. But hey, I made them work, I remember using lots of crafter's tape to keep those pictures and mats in place.
| Ikea Ribba FrameRug | Coffee Table | Rug |

Once each poster got inside its corresponding frame, it was time to think about how to install them. 
As you can see, the Ribba frame's hardware is sunken (about 1-1/4") right there on the middle of the entire frame.

Now, let's remember, this is a renters apartment, NO nails or screws should be driven on to that wall!

My solution: Adding 3/4" strips of wood to the side of the frames so I could attach a Command strip right there on each piece of wood and in that way hang the frames.  Well, a bit confusing here, but let me show you how you can do it! 

You can watch the following video or continue reading down below:




The Tools and Materials you'll need:
Directions:

1. CUT THE WOODEN PIECES

I don't have a picture for this step, but if you have a pile of wood scraps, you might have the material you need right there.

I used a 1 X 4 primed board, yep from the scrap pile. Which means it's thickness is 3/4". Well, out of that board I cut as many 3/4" little pieces as I could. As a minimum I needed 20 pieces of wood, since I had 10 frames to hang. However, I cut lots more, because I was planning on using four Command strips/wooden pieces on the big frames. 

2. ATTACH THE WOODEN PIECES TO THE FRAMES

Add glue to one side of the wooden piece, one that's not painted or primed. Better adhesion.

Wood glue and a couple of spring clamps are the main material/tools to hold the wood in place while the glue dries.

But, I didn't want to wait for the glue to dry and that's why I used my brad nailer to shoot three 1" nails from inside of the frame.
Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer |

And for an over-kill, making sure those wooden pieces won't go anywhere, I also shoot two 3/4" smaller nails from the outside of the frame.
Makita 23-Gauge Cordless Pin Nailer |
The smaller frames were installed with two Command strips. On the bigger frames I used four.
Those extra pieces of wood might be a problem if you ever want to exchange the pictures you have in the frames, specially on the bigger frames.

3. SET THE COMMAND STRIPS & INSTALL

The final part is to attach the Command strips onto each wooden piece on the frame. I like that the prime side of the wood is the one holding the Command strips, here again, better adhesion for this purpose.
Command Hanging Strips | Bosch Self-Leveling Laser |

Installing the frames was easy with the help of my Bosch self leveling laser. The bed, was in this case, the center point for this gallery wall.

The only thing left to do was to peel off the Command strips, follow the level lines and push the frame hard against the wall, right there were the Command strips were attached. 
| Globe Lamp |

Here's a sneak peek at how this room is turning out!

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Check these other projects tackled in this room:

Paris bedroom with a gold mirror with string lights


A thrifty chair makeover for a Paris Bedroom


a bouquet of roses on bed - Paris bedroom







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8 comments :

  1. Looks beautiful! I'm sure this young woman enjoys having a friend whose mom is so talented! If it wasn't a rental and you could use nails, those IKEA hangers are really inset a lot. Seems like you'd have to get creative to hang them in the regular way, doesn't it!
    Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a More Normal 2021!
    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue, thank you so much! Yes, I always thought it weird for the Ribba frames to have the hardware there. The first time I bought one of those frames I hung it from a screw I already had on the wall, however I didn't use the hardware, I simply let the top side of the frame sit on top of the screw. It was fine and dandy until I found out the frame was bowing, it was looking like a crowned frame! yep. those boards on the frame are flimsy, another good reason to use the Command strips.
      I hope you had a wonderful holiday and my best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2021!

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  2. This is genius. Love the gallery and can't wait to see the rest of the room.

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    1. Thanks Marty! I love every single one of those pictures. They give so much life and beauty to the room!

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  3. It’s looking so good already! Great idea to use the command strips!

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    1. Thanks Sheila! The Command strips are my sure way to hang wall art. Well, light frames, the ones I keep on moving the most.

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  4. It looks so lovely and girly in the best way. I am going to use your technique to hang these frames, even with nails I have a hard time hanging. I did not know about the poster store, lots of cool pictures. I know the room looks really good as you shared it in your stories! Merry Christmas to you and your family

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    1. Hi Morgane, yes, my young client wanted a very girly and glam room and she was happy at how it looked at the end of the day. I still need to go to take pictures during day light as that day turned into night really fast!

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