You guys have made me feel so great with all of your sweet comments about our gallery wall – thank you!!
Here’s a little follow up to yesterday’s post to fill you in on how I hung all the artwork for the gallery wall. Even though I love our paneled walls, they’re pretty challenging when it comes to hanging artwork due to both the paneling (I don’t want to stick nails in it) and the box molding (which kinda dictates where the artwork can go).
Since I know lots of you guys are in the same boat (what was it with wood paneling in the 70s?) I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned about hanging artwork on these tricky walls.
I used this technique to hang the rest of the art in the den (including these), but I decided to go for 3M Command picture hanging strips and sawtooth picture hangers from Office Depot for this project – the “no nails needed” promise was super appealing to me. Here’s what they look like:
It turns out that hanging pictures on wood paneling is actually pretty easy! Here’s what I learned about hanging artwork on paneled walls:
(1) The Command strips are the way to go for wood paneling – no holes in the wall, and you don’t have the pressure of having to hang the picture perfectly on the first try.
(2) Even though you don’t have to worry about nail holes with the Command strips, I definitely recommend tracing around your frames and taping the cut outs to the wall so that you know exactly where you want each piece to go. That way you won’t waste any of your little sticky strips (they’re kind of expensive).
(3) If you’re doing a gallery wall, feel free to let the artwork span over the boxes created by the molding – that way your gallery wall will feel cohesive instead of choppy, and the molding will kind of fade to the background.
(4) If your artwork is heavy, opt for the picture hanging strips instead of the sawtooth hanger or wire hanger (they have a 5 lb weight limit) – that way you can go crazy with the number of strips that you use and you won’t be (too) worried that your artwork is going to fall off the wall. That’s what I did here:
(5) If you’re hanging a picture on top of molding, here are a few tips:
- (a) If your picture has a wire hanger – make sure the wire has some slack since the artwork will actually be resting on the molding about 1/4 of an inch off the wall.
- (b) If your picture has no hanging device (like a canvas with just a wood frame) – position your picture hanging strips on the back of the frame in such a way that the strips will grab the thickest part of the molding (see photo below).
- (c) If your picture has a sawtooth hanger – it won’t have enough slack to go over the molding, so choose option a or b above.
The bottom line is to just go for it – you really have nothing to lose and it’s a lot of fun! Have you had any luck with Command strips? What tips have you used for hanging your gallery wall?
P.S. I wasn’t compensated for this post, the Command strips were just so perfect for wood paneling that I had to share.