I was prepared to go to war over it, until I realized it saved me the absolute agony of decision-making. For someone who has as many opinions as I do, it’s a bit laughable how much I loathe making decisions. I’m not sure if it’s something to do with my creative disposition or just one of those genetic wiring issues I can’t seem to get past [like my freakishly small wrists and freckles]. Whatever the cause, I’m indecisive to the core.
The first step was to grab all the frames and mirrors we had in our possession. You’d be surprised how many you can squirrel away over the course of 27 [FINE! 28] years. I deleted any and all photographic evidence, but in true Jenn fashion, I broke one. Don’t do that.
Then we [FINE! P] measured our wall. We chose the staircase wall because it was covered in several weird scratches and dings from the move, and we’re procrastinating on painting it. Dirty wall? Put a frame on it! Or twenty.
The wall had a steep angle so we laid the measuring tape across the floor at the same exact angle, then began to arrange our frames. If you’re a visual person like I am, this helps immensely.
If you’re hanging frames in a high traffic area [hello stairs!] I highly suggest using wall anchors to set the screws into. This way if you happen to run face first into one of the frames, the screw won’t yank from the wall and leave a gaping hole. I haven’t done this yet, promise!!!
When it came time to arranging the frames, P opted to use the toothpaste trick instead of going pencil crazy all over the walls. You simply squeeze a bit of paste on the hooks attached to the frame and then line up the frame where you want it. If you have a level, set it atop the frame and when it’s perfectly straight, smoosh [that's a technical term, right?] the frame gently against the wall to leave behind the toothpaste marks. This is where you’ll add your anchor and screws. Viola!