January 17, 2012 by Heather
A wise theologian once said, “A house is not a home until you put a bunch of stuff on the wall.”
That same theologian also said, “Your walls will be unsightly until you hang a bunch of stuff on the wall to cover all the crap left behind by the former renters and landlord.”
So today I set about to do just that.
First, I went back to bed after helping Andrew get ready for work. I slept until 11:00. This whole moving thing is taking a toll on my pregnant energy. As in, it is taking it all away.
So, to be well hung there is one main rule: Don’t over think it. Have a general, flexible plan in your head, but other than that don’t analyze where you’re hanging things. I saw a thing on pinterest about how you can get a big sheet of butcher paper and lay out all of your framed things on it & trace them, THEN you put the butcher paper on the wall and put the nails where they need to be. THEN you take off the paper and hang the items on their respective nails. That just seems like an awful lot of work to me. And where am I going to find a random sheet of wall-sized butcher paper? Seriously, sometimes the DIY stuff on pinterest seems like a bunch of baloney.
Don’t over think it. Have a basic idea of what you want in which room (and maybe on certain walls), then stop planning.
I love a good collage wall full of random frames and other hang-able things. This is something that can really become stressful if you over think where you want stuff. The best plan of attack is just to do it and hope for the best. Your goal is for it to look more “Oh, I just threw a few awesome things up on the wall, no biggie,” and less, “I used a level for each one of these 20 frames and now I want to scream but at least they’re painfully straight.” They don’t all have to be in a line. Unless you want to look like the anal person who took the time to do so, then by all means, go for it.
Hang item #1, then start seeing where you want things around it. I hold up the frame to the wall, make a pencil mark, then another pencil mark where the nail should go. I’ll measure out where I want a few things, then go on a nailing spree (heh heh) and put in the nails.
I learned the hard way that it is important to take everything you’ve hung up so far off of the wall before adding more nails. Many a frame has been broken by not doing so. Which means you end up hammering nails while walking on a couch that looks like this:
The act of stepping up and down off of the couch makes for a good workout, by the way. As long as you don’t fall, which would not be fun. Luckily I did not fall.
So once you have all of the nails in, you’ll want to grab a few paper towels & some windex and give each piece a good wipe-down. Especially if most of them have been in storage for a while like mine. Ga-ross.
Then you proudly hang everything on your awesome collage wall, making sure the pieces are relatively straight, then you step back, take a sip of your passion iced tea, and think to yourself,
“Dang, how did that take 2 1/2 hours?” “Dang, that looks fabulous. I am fabulous.”
And just hope and pray the train that rumbles in the distance a few times a day doesn’t screw up your sweet new decor.
Don’t say I never taught you anything.
Other title options for this post:
“Do Your Frames Hang Low?”
“How’s it Hanging?