Happy Friday! If you are looking for a project this weekend...I've got just the thing. We've been moving furniture around in our house since the remodel which means I had to re-hang my family photo wall AGAIN. In the past this has been a big pain and I know my clients struggle with this, too. So, I pulled together some step by step instructions to make the job easier. The great thing about this method is that you can create your photo wall without pictures or frames, so if you're not sure yet how big the frames need to be, this will help you decide.
Newspaper or butcher paper, Scissors, Pen, Ruler, Painters Tape, Pictures and Frames (optional for the first two steps), Hammer and nails.
Step 1: Estimate how many pictures you want to hang and the sizes of the frames. Use your ruler and measure and cut templates out of newspaper or butcher paper.
Step 2: Hang your templates on the wall with painters tape and tinker around with the layout. (This part took me a awhile. I actually left them up overnight and came back to look at it again in the morning. I chose to have my frames be about 2.5 inches apart and I tried to keep this consistent around the layout.
Tip: If you know what pictures and frames you are using, it's helpful to mark on the templates which is which. For example: "4x6 horz, white frame, grandpa and ryan"
Step 3: Once you have the layout how you want it, you will start nailing pictures to the wall one at a time.
With each frame, you will need to measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hook. Use this measurement to make a mark on your template on the wall. This is where your nail will go. Hammer the nail in exactly at your mark. Remove the paper and hang the picture. If your frame requires two nails, you will need to make two marks and use a level to ensure the picture will hang straight.
Voila. One down. Repeat the process for all the pictures you want to hang.
Note about leveling: Using the templates allows you to line the frames up without using a level. However, if you are using all the same size frames and you want the tops to line up exactly, I would reccomend using a level on the templates to make sure they are lined up right.
Feel free to post questions here and I will try to help.