If you have been following my posts for the past few weeks then you know I have started a few time consuming projects in my house, all of which are still ongoing. Staircase, drapes, headboard, fireplace. I began these projects because I was 100% sure about doing them.
I also have smaller projects that I need to do, but most of these I intentionally kept myself from doing. Like the simple process of hanging heavy items on the walls. I wanted to wait a while to allow myself time to see how we use each room so I could better determine what each space needs in the way of wall art or maybe nothing at all. I want this house to be carefree, easy, and breezy so there is not a lot of upkeep leaving time to enjoy the outdoors and the lake community around me.
One of the items that I intentionally haven’t hung is my favorite clock. It is a very heavy oversized wall clock.
It has been sitting here since we moved in. Along with a few other items I have not found a home for yet.
Tick… Tock… tick… tock…It was finally time to hang my favorite clock. Over the weekend I hung it on the small wall at the back of my kitchen where I can enjoy seeing it every day.
I love Roman numeral clocks, I collect them. I have this white one above the fireplace. It may not be staying here once we see how much space the mantel we are planning to add to the wall will take up.
Roman numerals clock faces on display in a tiered plate stand…
In a cabinet…
This oversized wall clock is heavy and needs a stud to hang, but since I wanted to center it on the wall where there was no stud, I reached for an EZ Anchor, which is a screw-in type wall anchor.
Do you use them? They are the best invention ever!
I use them to hang just about everything when there is not a wall stud available. Curtain rods, frames, mirrors, and more are all hung with this type of screw-in wall anchor.
How to Hang Heavy Items on a Wall the Easy Way
- EZ Anchors, either zinc or plastic. I like the zinc kind, but the plastic ones work just as well. Sold at any home improvement store.
- Drill, with a Phillips head screw bit
Some screw-in wall anchors have a pointy end, others have an end with 3 points. They all work the same way.
Once the anchor is in the wall and a screw is placed into it, you can hang a heavy object from the screw.
It is 1…2…3…EZ!
Mark the point where you want to hang your heavy object with a pencil. Using a Phillips head screwdriver bit, screw the EZ Anchor into the wall. It will go in fast with a cordless drill.
Drill it in so it is flush with the wall. (This wall has wallpaper that was painted over. The anchor did not cause the seam to come apart. It was apart already.)
Drill in a screw that comes with the anchors.
Once the anchor is in the wall, make sure about a half inch of the screw remains outside the anchor. This becomes the hanger on which you will hang heavy items.
The wall has wallpaper that was painted white by the previous owner. I plan to strip it, but since I can live with white walls even though they need repair, they are livable and low on my to do list.
I do however want to paint the trim in the kitchen. I thought I would have fun with an animated GIF to show you another project I will be starting soon.
There is a pocket door between the foyer and kitchen. We never use it, but it will stay. To allow you see more of the details of my house, I opened and closed it.
As you can see the trim in the foyer is painted white, but not the trim in the kitchen. After I finish painting the staircase my paintbrush will be transforming all that brown trim white.