2-Second Tip: Frame Your Art

There comes a time in a person’s life when sticky-tack may no longer be the best option to hang art.

Don’t be afraid of putting holes in the wall! You can still hang your beloved posters, but putting them in frames dresses them up a bit. Hang them in an orderly fashion and your place will look more “grown up” in no time.

For example: We still love Led Zeppelin, but are no longer living in dorm rooms.

Framed Poster

Another tip: If you really are prohibited from putting holes in the wall, use 3M command strips to hold a frame, instead of a nail. Each package notes the load they can hold–from 2lbs to 8lbs and beyond.

This project took all of about ten minutes. :)

Make sure to check out some more 2-second tips for beautifying your space.


Wall Art (Dining Room)

Today’s post is kind of a big deal to me. Last month we painted the bottom half of the dining room. After doing so, we did some minor furniture rearranging. Still, the room didn’t feel finished. The top halves of the wall were empty and sad.

I had big plans of using graph paper and cutting out mini versions of my pictures to do a layout before bashing holes in the wall. I also considered snapping photos of them and the wall and rearranging things on photoshop to present myself with different options. However, none of these things happened. Friday evening, we just charged ahead and hung the stuff.

We were smart, however, and cut out pieces of Christmas wrapping paper to the size of our art and taped them up on the wall for a preliminary evaluation–it’s a good thing we did because it quickly became obvious that the arrangement I had in mind would not work… I wanted the gold frame horizontally at the bottom with other pictures above and to the side of it, but it just wouldn’t have looked good.

Now, the room really looks and feels like a room.

There was even some attempt made to iron the tablecloth before photo time, but the wrinkles were too stubborn even for the Cotton setting. Guess I’ll just have to wash it. I’ve still got plans, though, like finishing painting the chairs (which I’ve said here a million times) and reupholstering those great MCM chairs by the wall with new cushions and blue fabric–it’s going to be my scary first big reupholstery project and that’s why I’m procrastinating on it. On the other hand, those chairs were free (found them at the dump)!! So if I mess up, I won’t feel too bad. Lastly, I’d love to find some vintage cloth or something to go in the empty gold frame. I’m keepin my eye out :)

What do you think? Have you ever braved hanging a group of pictures like this before? I’ll admit–it was pretty intimidating!