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DIY: Hanging Pictures Alone

July 27, 2011

Over the past few weeks, JD and I have been moving around the artwork in our house. My mom generously gave us several of her pieces (you can see some of her current work here), and I finally framed more of my printmaking art after my dad gave us some old frames. (I love framing, by the way. Need something framed? I’ll happily do it.) Plus, JD accidentally bumped the bench at our kitchen table and two pictures fell, damaging the glass… so the space above the table needed a little fix-up.

One weekend, when JD was out and about, I was itching to go ahead and rearrange our art. I remembered this post from Young House Love about how they hung an elaborate picture wall in their house hallway, and I loved how they did it: by using newspaper cut at the exact size of the piece to arrange their wall.

So I tried it, and it worked beautifully.

DURING

AFTER

It really allowed me to know exactly where I wanted everything to go without a bunch of guess-work.

It was such a good idea that I used it to hang the pictures over the kitchen table… even with JD there to help me.

First I laid the cut-up newspaper on the floor of the living room. This was much easier for me to switch things around when I was struggling with placement… faster than putting them on the wall first. (Also, I labeled each newspaper cut-out so I wouldn’t have to guess what piece was what.) I could stand on the couch and look from higher up if I needed a better “big picture” look.

Then, because JD is waaaaaay better than I am at spatial placement, he transported the newspaper from the living room floor to the wall after I took a picture of it for his reference. Wow, that was such a relief for him to help. He just did it. Easy.

After the newspaper clippings were hung perfectly, I began nailing. One more tip: you can nail it directly through the newspaper and just gently pull the paper out after you are done. Oh, snap.

And, here’s the final project! I love it! (Here’s the link again if you want to see what it looked like circa 2009.)

Some of the additions from above are (top left) my very first print of a mosquito; (third row, top) my print of Lucy from this spring’s printmaking class; (second row, middle) this great print from Laura George that I ordered on my birthday; and (second row, bottom) my anniversary print to JD, something I’ve been working on for a little while now (better pic below).

I love the new picture arrangement! I’m so glad we put in the extra effort. And, so easy!

PS: I didn’t forget about my ATAD this week… I was delayed because of the funeral and other family events. I’ll have my items pictured and described tomorrow!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 4:25 pm

    Nice collection, looks great! P.S. My mom has that same Hemmerling Sweet Olive print in her house – it is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s.

  2. Kim permalink
    July 28, 2011 8:43 am

    The mosaic of framed works looks like it would make a great double page spread for a magazine layout.

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