Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How to Hang Pictures Straight and Even 100% of the Time

(Prelude: Thanks to everyone for your comments, messages, emails and texts about my dad. We’re making it. I’ll update you on that situation later, but I really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.)

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.

16 comments:

  1. GEEEEEEENIUS!!!!!! We needed this about a month ago. But from now on, my engineer husband will be SO thankful that things are perfectly straight/90* angles/symmetrical. Thank you.

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  2. What a fabulous idea! I, too, could have used this several weeks ago... Remember the kid art wall?!? That was a tedious ruler/pencil task. I had the added problem of all my frames being different so all the hangers were different lengths from the top of the frame. I'm assuming these were the same since the frames are all the same type...?

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  3. A-mazing idea! I just loved when they (the makers of things people) came up with gridded wrapping paper...and now 2 uses for the same item...simply wonderful.

    ~Ashlee

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  4. Katy, this is brilliant! Jay and I could have saved a lot of wall drawing with this a while back. I am filing it away for my office redecorating project...

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  5. Worked perfectly for my 12 picture grouping! Thank you!!!!

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  6. Thank you -- this is a wonderful solution. I've got some really ugly Christmas paper that will do the trick!!!

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  7. You just saved me a trip to the local hardware store and a lot of money!!!

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  8. Thank you! I'm trying to hang records on my wall but I needed a way to put them up straight, this helps alot.

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  9. Thankfully I googled the topic before grabbing the hammer. TXS - love the idea

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  10. So glad I found your post before I started hanging my 18 8x10 pictures. I had purchased the frames, enlarged all the photos, and was ready to tackle the job today. Luckily I found your post and had a roll of gridded Xmas paper in the closet. Project all done in about an hour, and I am sitting down with a drink and writing you this Thank You reply.
    THANK YOU

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  11. A wonderful solution - easy and precise, simply wonderful! Thank You Katy Harper.

    CS

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  12. Excellent!!!! You need a "pin it" button, as my browser is being difficult, but I want to save you for later.

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  13. Any idea where I can find gridded wrapping paper? I couldn't find it online.

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  14. I really happy to read this post,I was just imagine about it and you provided me the correct information I really bookmark it,for further reading,So thanks for sharing the information

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  15. This saved me so much time and frustration. Thanks!

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  16. Great idea! It's one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that moments. Thank you for sharing!

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