DIY | Easy Trick to Keep Your Frames Level

Remember when we shared our mini gallery wall with you guys? It looked like this when we left off:

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We have since added pictures in the frames and truly think this arrangement is perfect for that little space. Here’s how it looked until this morning (ignore the bonus in progress shot of the thermostat replacement):

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(Note: The bigger middle frame was bought with the intention of being transformed into a chalkboard or dry erase calendar but we are still undecided about it so we temporarily filled it with a collage of pictures we love until we decide what we’d like to have there for the long haul.)

As much as we love our little grouping of framed favorite pictures, one thing was driving us me nuts… Given that this wall sits between our bedroom door and the second bedroom door which are frequently opened and shut (especially ours), the frames constantly shifted and never stayed level, no matter how many times I stopped and fixed them. Within a few hours they went from looking like the picture above to looking more like this:

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(Funny fact: When I showed Lee these pictures she told me I went a little overboard with the frame tilting and that it didn’t look all that realistic, but I actually hadn’t even touched them, this is actually how un-leveled they got from us opening and shutting the doors).

Our solution? Hot glue and thumbtacks!

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I remembered seeing this post on the Remodelaholic blog and thought it would be the perfect solution for us. We aren’t planning on moving those frames around for a while so the extra holes in the wall didn’t really bother us at all. Down (in the basement) into our “office” I went, in search of thumbtacks, hot glue and a hot glue gun. Minutes later, the bottom of our frames looked like this:

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I rehung them one by one, using a level to ensure they were perfectly straight before gently pushing the thumbtacks into the wall securing them in a level position for once and for all.

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Now not only do our frame stay perfectly level, they also feel so much more secure on the wall.

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Am I the only one who obsessively re-levels my frames every time I notice they have shifted? Have you found any other magical solution to keep your frames level?

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