The before photo above is how our current family photo was displayed. It was a really plain, bare, sad state. All that moola on a great family photo and no effort on it’s presentation. We have 12′ tall ceilings in the hallway and I really loved where it was, but I just hadn’t had the time to figure out the best way to go about making it pop. I walk by this area about 30 times per day (that’s my bedroom door on the left) and curse under my breath at myself everytime. What’s the problem? Just set aside two hours and get it done already!
Needless to say, I finally listened to myself and I L.O.V.E. the result! This area finally feels done to me (except maybe an area rug to fit the space…what do you think?). I love the softness of the gray paint in the inset and the newly repainted game cabinet sets the mood for the whole space. Dreamy!
Here’s what I did:
I purchased a doorknob picture hanger from Pottery Barn ages ago with no real reason in mind. I just liked it! I can’t find the one I bought but they have some HERE that are basically the same thing. Find the right spot on your wall to hang the knob. Measure the length of your photo and that is how high above the picture the knob should go. So, our frame was 30″, so I installed the knob 30″ above from where the top of the frame was going to sit.
I purchased this nylon rope that looks like natural sisal rope. The sisal rope was a little too rugged for my taste, so I was lucky to find this color. Faux sisal rope we will call it 🙂
Wrap it around the knob and position the rope, securing it with staples. Make sure the staples are well beyond the point where the photo will be hung. Also, make sure the distance between the rope is symmetrical with where you will be hanging the photo. I had my rope about 3 inches in on each side of the frame.
If your photo is a large vertical, you might want to add these 3M Command strips to secure it to the wall. It helps with the inevitable crooked picture. I use these things everywhere!
Just add them to the bottom of your picture …
And secure to the wall
After you have everything set, test your paint. I wanted to use a gray for this space and it ended up working great with the colors in the photograph.The wall know matches the bark of the tree!
Remove the picture, knob, rope and staples and get to paintin’…
I added these gorgeous ceramic lanterns from Home Goods. Gosh, I love them. I put tea lights in them in the evening and it is spectacular. The glow of the candle light dances around in the whole hallway.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are inspired to spruce up your family photos! Make the best of it with a little elbow grease 🙂