If there’s one thing Trusty Husband hates, it’s multiple holes in the wall made by me trying to line up pictures. He likes his walls pristine and unadorned, whereas I like to, you know, hang stuff on them. You might remember my master bedroom tour post and the pictures hung over our bed. I think I posted that prematurely, because I never felt really settled in that room – something was askew. So I’m in the process of moving things around. First order of business? Move the collage wall from over the bed to the long, “what-do-we-do-with-this” wall to the left:
Problem: Hanging pictures for a collage wall is a pain. I hate it. When I hung these pictures over our bed the first time, each one took about 20 minutes and 5 nail holes to get right, and even then they weren’t EXACTLY straight and even (my conversation with Trusty Husband went like this: (him) “They’re not even.” (me) “Yes they are.” (him) “Katy, I don’t think they are.” (me) “I used a level. They’re even. Maybe your legs are different lengths.”). I figured there had to be an easier way. But what? Drawing lines on the wall? If a few nail holes sends Trusty Husband into orbit, think what lines drawn on the wall would do. No. I bought this contraption, called a Hang ‘n’ Level, but it sucks:
Enter: Gridded wrapping paper.
Genius. Just cut a piece of wrapping paper that has the grid on the back in the shape of your wall, tape it up there with painter’s tape, make sure it’s level, and voila! Instant picture-hanging grid!
Hammer your nails directly into the wrapping paper. Hang your middle picture first, and use the grids to make everything level and the same distance apart. Once you’re happy with how it looks, take the pictures down and remove the paper from the wall – just carefully slip it over the nails.
Aren’t you surprised you hadn’t thought of this before? I am. But it took hardly any time and the results were great! I’ve got to get several more frames to fill the space, but it’s a start to taking care of that massive wall.