Do you know when you have a plan for a room and then something you see or buy changes that plan? Has that ever happened to you? It did to me when redecorating my powder room.
I had every intention to buy a new mirror for the room; I was thinking about a white one. I didn’t have time to go shopping for it and needed a temporary mirror until I could get out to buy one (too many snow storms stranded me). I went to my basement store, I mean – stash and saw this mirror. It used to be in my family room, then my dining room.
I put it in the bathroom and thought…”Wow, that fits nicely, hmmmm…maybe I will paint it”. It was not until I put the clock cabinet knobs on that my plan changed. When I looked at how the vanity looked as a whole with the black and white clock faces and black and gold on the mirror, I loved it. Kind of glam, kind of cottage…just my style. It is a little unexpected with the mix of silver and gold as well as with the industrial light above it, but I love it! The best part – no need to buy something new.
Since the mirror was staying, I had to hang it on the wall and got my trusty picture hanging gadget from my tool box.
What is my picture hanging gadget? It is the white paint stick in the photo above.
It lets me instantly hang art or in this case a mirror perfectly level and all by myself in 5 minutes. (It is not easy to take photos in this room – hence the reflection of the camera tripod in the mirror.)
I could not get a photo of me actually using the gadget, but there it is above the top right hand side of the mirror. It has a nail om the bottom that is hooked to the hook on the back of the frame.
Here are the steps to make and use it.
How To Make the Hanging Gadget:
3 paint stirring sticks | Duct Tape | Nail or Screw | Hammer
You will need a long piece of wood and a nail. I made mine using 3 paint stirring sticks that I duct taped together.
1. Hammer the nail about 1-inch from the bottom of the taped-together paint stirring sticks so that half of the nail is on one side and the tip is halfway out the other side. You want to make sure the nail is straight and snug in the wood.
An option: A reader, Pat commented that using a screw works better It stays more firmly in the stick, where the nail will eventually loosen and “screw up” your attempts to make everything level.
How To Use The Hanging Gadget:
When hanging something with one center hook on the back.
1. Hook the nail head end on the gadget onto the hook or picture hanging wire on the back of the frame.
2. Hold the top of the picture hanging gadget with the frame hanging from it and position the frame on the wall where you want it.
3. Tap the center upper portion of the frame. This will press the tip of the nail into the wall leaving a mark on the wall exactly where you need it.
4. Remove the gadget, hammer a nail into your marked hole, and hang your frame or artwork.
Works perfectly – every time.
*** A little clairfication. The nail that you put in the gadget when you make it stays in the gadget. It is not the nail used to hang the frame, it is used to mark a hole for exact placement. You tap to make a hole exactly where you need it. The nail on the gadget makes the hole in the wall. You remove the gadget and you will see a little nail hole in the wall. That hole is where you put a nail to hang the frame. The gadget stays intact with the nail – you never remove the nail from it.
*** If you are using a hook style hanger, (shown in second photo of this post) place the bottom of the hook where the hole is, then hammer it into the wall. If you don’t, your item will be lower than you want it because of the length of the hook.
How to hang and level items that have two hooks on the back:
Figure out where you want to hang the frame or item. Hook the gadget to the back hook on one side of your frame and attach it in the same way as shown above. Once one side is attached to the wall, hook up opposite side with the gadget and then place a bubble level along the top of the frame. Move the gadget with the frame attached up and down along the wall until the the bubble is centered on the level, then tap the front of the frame with the hammer. Have someone else hold the frame while you hammer in the nail or hook into the hole the gadget made in the wall. Hang the frame.
To hang larger items – I made a larger gadget using a 5 gallon paint bucket stirring stick. It is the perfect thickness and length for hanging items that are bigger in scale. It is the one I used to hang the mirror.
I have tried many other picture hanging methods – tape, pencil marks, paper transfer, but none work as well and as quickly as this little picture hanging gadget does. It is one tool that will always be in my toolbox.
Do you have any tricks to hang wall art, photos, and other stuff on your walls?
Have you seen how I hang and layer frames to create a 3D gallery wall?