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A Quick Tip for Unlevel Picture Frames

April 29, 2013  —  Written by Julia 

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Sometimes, even when the level says it is level–it is just barely off after you already drove in your anchor and the screw and hung your frames next to each other and looked back. Perhaps one of life’s biggest frustrations. Sometimes it is due to driving your screw into the bottom or top of the mark instead of right in the center.  Or maybe your level failed you completely.  Either way, this is my little trick I pull out when that annoying situation occurs.

A cotton swab! It boosts the frame or wire–I’ve even used it to bump a curtain rod up just a tad so that it’s level.  This tip is golden when adjusting the screw such a small amount would compromise the entire hole making one gigantic hole–you. know! This weekend, I pulled out my cotton swabs twice (the shame!) and I thought it was about time to share that little trick that has saved my sanity too many times.

If you haven’t guessed it from the photos above, the living room got some new art.  Let’s chat about that tomorrow.

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  1. Kristine says:

    this is brilliant!!

  2. Great idea. I cut up 3m command Velcro strips in tiny pieces to use centre bottom of all my frames. This stops them from shifting but also allows me to fudge the levelness or alignment if I need to.

    :)

  3. Genius! No more Swiss cheese walls for me haha

  4. I never thought of the cotton swab, great idea! I always use a small roll of blue tape or a tiny piece of cardboard, but those tips are probably for when you are more than a tiny smidge off level (don’t know if I should have admitted how often I am seriously off-level here!).

  5. Clever! I’ll have to remember this for future reference!

  6. Lindsey says:

    What a great tip and I love the link to Chris’s new site as well. I can’t wait to start cooking along with him :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love this and need it too. We (the hubs) just hung 9 frames for a gallery wall with a laser level that I swear was not working. I checked later with my trusty tiny level and only one is what I would consider level. Each frame has two screws holding it so this solution will be perfect!!

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