I know I sure did. I felt uber productive crossing off some of the many creative projects I have on my list. Heck, I even managed to hang some pretty tricky décor. See, I found these brass-plated iron grid letters a while back [ON SALE] at CB2 and thought they would be a nice, little addition to our kitchen. And I’ve honestly been putting off hanging them, because, well, odd-shaped items aren’t always the funniest thing to hang ;) so today, I’m going to show you how I went about installing these architectural characters.
First things first, I grabbed some paper, traced each letter, cut them out, and laid them to the side = easy peasy!
Now, this next part doesn’t really have to do with the actual hanging. While outlining these bad boys, I quickly decided I wasn’t really that in love with their rustic color, so I grabbed some spray paint [leftover from a current upholstery project] and got to coloring. I used Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor in Navy Blue. It’s great because it dries in 10 minutes or less! I also dabbed a little paint to the heads of each of my hanging nails so they would blend in with each letter’s welding seams.
Okay, back to the task at hand!
While the paint was drying, I measured the space both vertically and horizontally in order to find the middle of the wall. I then lightly marked it with a pencil. I also chose to find the placement of the top of each letter. For example, each letter was 9 inches tall. So, I took the vertical measurement of the wall, subtracted 9 inches from the figure, and then divided that answer by 2. This final number was the amount of space that would be between the ceiling and the top of each letter.
Next, I placed little rolls of masking tape on the backs of each paper letter and began positioning them along the wall. This step takes some patience as you will most likely have to move each letter a couple of times until they are all aesthetically pleasing. Here’s what I finalized on:
Then, since I was happy with their location, I held each letter up to its outline and marked the site for two nails per letter.
After the marks are made, place down the letter, hammer in each nail, and lightly tear off the paper and tape. And lastly, it’s hanging time!
“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.” – Twyla Tharp
Sure, it took a little extra energy on my part to make it look this DELISH, but the final results were more than pleasing!