Even though we're not ones to display photos of family and friends around the Hive, a few months ago I bought five big square frames from Ikea and had several black & white prints made of a few of our favorite wedding photos. Since then the photos have remained untouched as we tackled other more major projects. During a recent visit with my parents super hot temps and sticky humidity had us cooped up inside, so as S and my dad tackled more electrical work, my mom and I set to work displaying our wedding photos.
Armed with picture hanging wire, hanging hooks, a hammer, tape measure, and calculator, we set to work calculating exactly how to space the photos along the tall, narrow wall above the landing in our stairwell.
Next I had to calculate exactly where to hammer each picture hanging hook into the wall. Since each frame's hanging wire was secured at a slightly different height, I took the frame with the photo we decided should go on the bottom - the one with Lexi in it so I could look directly at her every time I walk upstairs - and literally hung it from the tape measure. This step is key; you have to have the entire weight of the frame pulling on its hanging wire or the measurement will be off. I measured to the top of the frame and subtracted this number from the height of the frame to give me the measurement of exactly where the hook needed to be. To this number I added four, since I wanted the entire frame to be four inches from the baseboard.
I then measured the width of my wall and divided by two to find its center point. I measured up from the baseboard, marked where the bottom of the hook should sit and then put a piece of masking tape where the nail would enter the wall. The masking tape trick keeps a plaster wall from cracking and crumbling when nailing into it. Then I lined up the bottom of the hook with my mark and nailed the hook into the wall. Don't forget that your mark is where you should place the bottom of the hook, not your nail!
Now when we walk upstairs we're greeted with this montage of wedding photos, which is a nice reminder of how much we love each other, especially on those days when I look to the left and see dirty socks hanging from the banister. ;)