Product Review: Command Products for Hanging Frames

So far, I have yet to hang any art in my house using nails. It’s true; I haven’t needed Ben’s help with a hammer and nails once since we moved in!

Our last house had mostly very textured plaster walls, and nails were pretty much the only option when it came to hanging art on the walls. Our new house, however, has nice smooth walls, and since I discovered Command picture-hanging products, I’ve been on a roll!

These all have been hung using Command products:

family photo wall

Family photos printed, framed AND hung. Check me out.

gallery wall

The start of a gallery wall going up the stairs.

Ohio print

Our first item to be hung on the walls! This was a birthday gift made by Blake and Irene!

I mostly eyeball the placement, but occasionally do enlist the help of a small level.

Here are links to the products I’ve used:

Command picture hanging strips

Command Sawtooth Sticky Nail Hanger


It’s Fall Family Photo Time!

I love, love, love family photos – mine, yours, everyone’s. At my house, you won’t find “fine art” on the walls; you’ll find photos of my family, lots of them.

Recently, we had our family photos taken by Tiffany Levenhagen of Levenhagen Photography.

She is great, and I’m thrilled with how the pictures turned out.

We did a mini session, which means 15 minutes and DONE. If you have a husband and/or small children, I’m sure you can appreciate the awesomeness of this approach.

Here’s how they turned out. If you’re in the Findlay area and need some pictures taken, contact Tiffany!

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The Beginnings of a 1960s Home Renovation

It has begun. Ben started renovations on our newly purchased 1960s split level.

Old wallpaper. Outdated draperies. Stinky carpeting. Wood paneling. Overgrown landscaping.

And we love it!

If you’re new here, let’s catch you up on things.

We sorta unexpectedly sold our first house in April.

Then, we moved in with my in-laws.

We searched for a house that needed to meet several criteria.

Our new place fell into our laps!

Okay. Back to the renovations. Here is what we started with:

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Since then, Ben has removed almost all of the wallpaper (which came down much, much easier than all of the horror stories we’ve heard led us to believe it would) and some chair rails; and he started on basic maintenance of the landscaping.

The Photo Ledges That BP Built

For several years – yes, years – I have wanted photo ledges in my family room.

For Christmas, BP built them for me! Definite thumbs-up for BP.

After showing him the Holman ledges from Pottery Barn and directing him to the Ana White website for easy instructions, he set to work.

This was the result: three six-foot ledges, made of maple.

photo ledges

three six-foot photo ledges, built by BP

photo ledges

photo ledges, side view

The photos are difficult to see in this photo, but my collection includes an elephant-skin piece of art straight from Thailand (thank you, Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law!) and more than a handful of fantastic photos of the Little Bundle of Joy, taken by Dawn at Marshall Photography. I soon will be completing the bottom row with his one-year photos!

I just can’t get enough pictures of that little guy, and Dawn does such a great job, it’s hard to choose just one – which is why I needed the ledges.