Have you hung pictures in a grouping? Did you have problems getting them all straight and “just so”?
These tips will help you get your nails or screws located perfectly without all that marking-while-trying-to-hold business.
Here are the steps, y’all.
Step 1: Cut paper patterns the size of your frames. I know this sounds tedious, but it only took me about 10 minutes to trace my frames and cut out my six large-sized patterns for my Antique Frame Gallery Wall. Use newspapers or some sort of cheap craft paper.
Be sure to make note of which piece goes with each frame, either by a numbering system or a short description.
See how jagged one edge is? That’s how precise I am (not) and this trick still totally works!
Step 2: Mark your nail location on patterns. Find the center location of frame by dividing the width in half to find the center spot from the side edge. Then measure the distance from the top of the frame to the bracket or wire and move your mark on your pattern vertically while maintaining the correct distance from the edge.
Did that make sense? Sometimes I get so detailed in trying to be clear that I think I’ve become unclear. Is that clear? 🙂
(By the way, if you’d like some tips for economical framing, check out my Framing Cheap With a Professional Look post.)
Transfer measurements to paper cut-outs. (About 10 minutes for that, y’all.)
Step 3: Arrange papers on the wall to your satisfaction – another 10 minutes. You can use regular Scotch tape, but press lightly to avoid damaging the wall paint.
Step 4: Set your nails or screws through the patterns. (This took me about 2 minutes for 6 screws.) Remove patterns. You’ll want to add anchor brackets behind the screws at this point for anything heavy, unless you were blessed to find a stud.
Step 5: Hang your framed pieces on the wall. Put a level to each frame to get them nice and straight. Step back and stand in amazement at how simple that was!
I realize you may not want to see this picture again for the third post this week, but maybe you can stand it just one more time. It’s a reminder of success the first try. I promise I have not touched the frames since hanging them Saturday night.
My “old way” would have been to try my best to do a few measurements, miss getting it right, and proceed to making more holes in the wall to get it right. It still wouldn’t have been right, and it would have bothered the stew out of me every time I saw it.
As it is now, I only have six holes, all functioning properly. I knew to do this long before I tried it – Martha Stewart’s magazine, or something. It seemed like so much extra work, and who needs that? I am still amazed at how this works so well – and so worth the effort of cutting and measuring. Enjoyable process, enjoyable results.
My old way was wrong. The truth hurts, but I’m willing to admit it. It’s the first step to a cure, I’ve heard. If you have similar issues, admit it now. Save yourself some future pain and begin your recovery now. Save your walls from damage, admit your guilt, and proceed with these instructions for hanging your gallery wall frames.
It will be life-changing. 😉