How to: Hang Artwork

Artwork can really make your place feel like home, it can give your home personality, showcase

your favorite memories and more. Hanging artwork can be tricky, but use these tips and tricks to make sure your art looks great (and stays on the wall!):

  • Use picture-hanging hooks instead of nails, they are designed to hold the weight.
  • Purchase the correct type of hook for the weight of your artwork and for the type of surface you are hanging it from.
  • A level is your best friend! Use it to make sure your art hangs straight when installed.
  • Try this easy tape trick for putting the holes in the right spot on your wall:
  • To design a gallery wall, use kraft paper or contact paper cut to match the size of your picture frames to map out the perfect layout.
  • Have a friend hold pieces up against the wall so you can visualize what the space will look like with the art.
  • Hang single pieces of artwork at eye level, around 60 inches off the ground.
  • Kitchen artwork should be placed so it does not get damaged by heat or water.

Most of all, have fun! Art should make you happy, so pick pieces that bring joy into your home. What’s your favorite piece of art in your home?

Preparing Your Room before You Paint

Painting a room can instantly transform its look, at a relatively low cost, too. The following tips to prep the room before you paint can make the process go smoothly and give you the perfect final product:

  1. Empty the room – If it’s possible, remove all the furniture from the room. This will make it easier to move around the room while painting and protect your belongings. If you can’t move the furniture out of the room, move the pieces towards the center of the room and cover them with a tarp/sheet/drop cloth.
  2. Protect your floors – Lay down a drop cloth on the floor and attach it to the floor with painter’s tape to make sure it doesn’t shift while you are working.
  3. Spackle – Unless your home is brand new, your walls are going to have some holes, cracks or other imperfections on them. Don’t worry – these are easy to fix! Remove any loose debris from the hole/crack, fill with spackle and smooth it out with a straight edge, such as a putty knife. Repeat the process as necessary to completely fill the imperfection.
  4. Sand – Once the spackle is dry, sand down the spots to get a nice even surface. Look for any other spots on the walls that need to be sanded down to create to the perfect surface apply the paint.
  5. Clean – Vacuum, dust and do light cleaning to ensure no dust or dirt gets kicked up while you paint, which could damage your paint job. Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth to remove any sandpaper dust.
  6. Remove outlet covers – Unscrew all electrical outlet plates, keeping the screws and plates together for easy reassembly.
  7. Tape – Painter’s tape is one of the best tools at your disposable during a paint job. Cover any surface you don’t want to get paint on with painter’s tape – trim, fixtures, doorframes, etc. Make sure the tape is pressed down firmly to create a barrier against the paint.
  8. Primer – Speak to your local paint pro about the best kind of primer for your surface. You don’t always need primer, but it will offer you the best possible paint job.

Do you have any other tips for prepping a room before painting? Good luck!