The second Bank Holiday of the month is coming (yes, yes, YES!) and if you’re not planning on spending the entire three days napping/boozing/holidaying/barbecuing then you may be planning a spot of DIY.
I’ve got my Bank Holiday DIY out the way early with a spot of picture hanging this morning, which was surprisingly therapeutic and exceptionally easy. I was going to wait til ST was around to help but figured it would probably be quicker and easier to just get on with it myself. And, thanks to those ridiculously clever Command Strips, it really was a doddle.
Do you remember last month I told you that I’ve become a Command Brand Ambassador? Well if you don’t remember then “hello, I have!”. It’s all very exciting for me because I feel like I can just put up pictures or banners or decorations without any commitment whastsoever when usually I’d agonise about damaging walls or deciding I actually hate it. To have learnt the mystical ways of Command products has been nothing short of a revelation.
If you’re not familiar with Command Strips, they’re basically an alternative way to hang pictures which promises to not cause any damage to the wall. Perfect for renters, perfect for people who like to change their mind and perfect for people like me who are always a bit scared they’ll hammer their thumb off when putting pics up the traditional way.
You’ve probably seen their telly ad but this shows them in action…
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t trust they’d be as easy to use as the marketing implies, but they are. They really are.
For today’s little Command sesh I was hanging the framed Instagram posters that I made last year. We’ve been debating where to put them for ages but as one of our guest rooms is SO EMPTY AND DULL AND BORING I thought they may as well be hung there. After all, if we change our minds they can easily come down!
Having made sure the wall was clean, I started by measuring out where I wanted the pics to go and made little markers for myself with a pencil. (Tape would probably have been a better idea, but I didn’t have tape and I did have a pencil).
Then I took the sets of strips from their packets and pressed them together. There’s an extremely satisfying “click” sound which lets you know they’re fully locked in.
At this point I peeled back one side of the locked together strips and stuck it to the frame, then repeated with another set on the other top corner. The exact placement of the strips will depend on the size and weight of your particular frame, but the packaging explains it all so you’ll know exactly what to do.
Then I peeled back the remaining wrappers and stuck the frame to the wall, before carefully peeling the frame away so that the locked strips detached from one another – leaving half the strips on the frame and half on the wall.
IS THE WAY I AM EXPLAINING THIS EXTREMELY CONFUSING?!
This video is a *lot* clearer…
Once the strips are on the wall, you need to wait for an hour before putting your pics back up. This step is really crucial as it’s when the adhesive is curing.
After the hour had passed I just clicked the pics back in place. It is SO EASY.
And you can keep taking the pics up and down and re-adjusting til they’re perfectly straight and you’re happy with them. This was the only part of the process where I’d have preferred to have someone with me just so they could have stood back and said “up a bit, down a bit” whilst I faffed around, but I used the spirit level on my phone and got them all straight myself.
And that’s it!
Now the pics are up, the room looks slightly less bare (hurrah!) and I am feeling extremely pleased with myself. The sense of smuggery that comes with using these products is not to be underestimated.
If you watched either of the vids above you’ll see how easy the strips are to remove from the wall, but it’s a two handed job so I couldn’t take any pics myself to show how it works. Plus I don’t actually want to take these down yet!
I did have to take a whole bunch down when I was shooting some Christmas projects for Command though, so I can assure you that it’s easy and really does work as well as it does in the ads. We did the Christmas shoot in a hired country house (a stately home would be more accurate, it was amazing) so I was extremely nervous about damaging the walls but NOPE – they detached perfectly and for a moment made me very curious about the physics behind adhesion.
There are loads of different Command products (our Homebase has SO MANY TYPES) so you just need to know how much your item weighs to make sure you choose the right type and get the correct placement. I figure it out by weighing myself without the frame and then popping back on the scales holding the frame and working out the difference. The frames I’m using here don’t have glass so they’re super light.
And that’s my DIY accomplished for this Bank Holiday!
Sure, it wasn’t exactly laying a new patio, but it’s a start 😉
I am a Command Brand Ambassador and am working with Command throughout the year on various home projects. All thoughts are, as ever, my own. You can read more about how I work with brands here.
For full deets on how to make the framed Instagram posters see here.