Last week, we got our custom-framed pieces back from Michaels. Opening each package was like Christmas morning. Since they were each individually wrapped in brown paper, my brain was singing “brown paper packages tied up with string” on repeat. Okay, I might have been singing it out loud rather than in my mind and Greg might have told me to cool it. Either way, it was fun.
Even though we had a good idea of what each piece would look like thanks to the in-store Frame Visualizer, they all looked even better than expected.
First to find a home were the six book cover postcards. I fully intended to hang these in the half bath, but as I was unpacking them, I sat each one on top of the card catalog. Then I thought, “Maybe these would look cool here,” so I pulled out the nails, hammer, level and a pencil to get started.
Since the card catalog is pretty vintage looking, we wanted to hang the postcards in a modern layout, so we decided to go with a simple grid pattern. Now, if you’ve ever hung a group of frames in a grid pattern, you know what a pain it can be. In light of that, we thought we’d share our hanging-process in hopes that we might help someone avoid some major frustration. This next part will either bring you so much confusion that you just skip over the entire paragraph, or you’ll thank us later when you go to hang a similar grid pattern. Please, just bear with me…
1 // Find the center of the wall (hanging area) and hang Frame A 2 // Draw a pencil line (using a level) across the wall at the height of the first nail. If you’re worried about the pencil coming off, 1/2″ painter’s tape works really well, too. 3 // Hang Frame B along the pencil line at desired distance. 4 // Take Frame A and Frame B down and measure the distance between the nail holes 5 // Measure that same distance to the left of Frame A and place a nail on the pencil line (this will be the nail hole for Frame E). 6 // Now, make another pencil line using the level going straight down from the nail hole of Frame A. Make sure you have the desired space between Frame A and Frame C, and place a nail for Frame C. 7 // Make another pencil line across the wall level with the nail hole for Frame C (we’ll call this the “C Line”. 8 // Now make another pencil line from the hole for Frame E down to the C Line. 9 // Make your last pencil line from the hole for Frame B down to the C Line. 10 & 11 // Hang Frames D and F at their respective intersections. 12 // Step back and marvel at your handy hanging skills. 13 // Recover from reading this confusing tutorial.
Like most walls, the wall isn’t 100% flat or straight. Luckily, these frames from Michaels came with little rubber feet on their backs. If a frame was a bit too far to the left or right, it was really easy to adjust without putting another hole in the wall because the rubber feet help them stay put. We also really liked the heavy duty, rubber-coated wire Michaels used for the hanger. Those little details made a huge difference and really cut down the frustration of getting these all perfectly straight.
Now that the hanging process is behind us, here’s what all of the frames look like now…
Greg and I both really like the little bursts of color, but we’re even more excited that we actually have something hanging on the walls! It’s about time, right? Greg especially likes how the art in the frames (the book cover post cards) is a nice nod to how the card catalog was used back in the day.
Now, for the vintage gas station number. We decided it needed to hang it where we would get to enjoy it–somewhere it would really be showcased. So, we went to the kitchen…
The space between the cabinet and the door is the perfect size for the framed number. The white mat ties in nicely with the white cabinets while the black frame brings out the grout (more so in person) and is really pronounced next to the back door. Speaking of the back door… Greg just finished the last coat on it last night. We’re loving the look and think it really helps add more depth to our all-white kitchen.
See how much difference a little bit of paint and some wall art can make?! We’re really happy with the results, and we are now officially hooked on custom framing. Those “brown paper packages tied up with string” sure did pack a punch in our house, that’s for sure!