Photos by Juanita Canzoneri
Our old gallery walls had years of nail holes in them. One of our members suggested creating new panels during our store renovation that would be "self-healing" and we looked at how another local gallery space displayed their wall art. After researching how to make these gallery wall panels and finding nothing, we decided to share our process.
We'll put up another blog post about our installation process.
1/2" thick OSB (oriented strand board) 4'x8' sheets
1/4" thick automotive header foam (with scrim)
heavy upholstery fabric
We set up a work area with 2 tables set close enough to each other to hold either end of the boards.
Place one of the boards to the tables with the rough side up.
We cut the foam to fit the face of the board with no overlap. Put the foam on top of the board. The foam sticks better if you put it on scrim side down, foam side up.
Take the roll of fabric and place it on top of the board/fabric with the edge hanging off 2-3 inches.
Roll the fabric along the board/foam to the other edge. Roll the fabric off the edge 2-3 inches and then overlap the fabric to give you a straight cutting edge. Cut the fabric. Be sure to allow for 2-3 inch overlap.
For our project we needed to flip the fabric over once it was cut.
Staple the fabric under the board to anchor it before flipping the board. You want 3-4 staples along the short sides and 5-7 along the long side. When you get to the second short/long sides be sure to pull the fabric taut as you anchor it with the staples.
Our fabric doesn't have much give, but some of the lighter fabrics we tested had a lot of stretch and needed a lot of pulling to make the panel taut.
Flip the board over.
Miter the corners by cutting a triangle of fabric leaving about 2 inches of fabric.
Staple cut edge of corner.
Fold back the fabric on one side of the corner and staple that edge down at the fold.
Do the same with the 2nd side of the corner. Do not allow the 2 folded fabric edges to overlap each other. This creates more bulk than we want.
Staple the remaining sides pulling the fabric taut as you go.
Hammer down any staples that don’t go in flush.
Once completed stack the panel on the others. Stack face to face and back to back so we don’t damage the finished sides.