The first steps in decorating should include tasks as simple as hanging a picture. A painting provides a personal touch and helps us to identify the house, to make it ours, and it does so in an economical way.
Initial steps to hang a picture
The first thing we will have to do is decide where we are going to place the frame. Evaluate the lighting, visibility and comfort of the place where we want to place it. It can be inconvenient to place paintings in narrow corridors or within reach of inadvertent knocks.
The wall: we can distinguish between two types. Brick walls usually finished in a layer of plaster or tile, and metal frame walls finished on their surface with plasterboard. Both, in the case of bathrooms and kitchens, can be tiled.
The frame: in the case of light frames it is foreseeable that with a single point we can support the frame. If the painting does not have a fixing in the frame, we must look for the center of the frame with the help of a tape measure, placing in it the “socket” that we will pass through the hook or hook.
If the frame is heavy, we may need two support points, for which we will measure the same distance from each side of the frame to prevent the frame from ending up crooked.
The place to hang the painting: without a doubt where we want to think about the general decoration of the house, but keep in mind that if the painting has two fixing points it is very important that when marking the fixing points of the spikes we use a spirit level that ensures the horizontality of the supports. We will measure the distance between the sockets that the frame has and we will mark both making sure that they are horizontal.
A trick to nail pictures on tiles: to ensure that the drill bit is fixed at the point we want, it is good to place a small painter’s tape on which we will mark the desired point, in this way it will be easier for the drill bit not to dance on the tile before drilling it.
How to hang a picture, step by step
In the case of light paintings, we will distinguish only if the wall is tiled or not. If it is not finished in tile, we can think of using ” easy- hang ” type supports, made up of a kind of plastic spike with small steel spikes that will ensure sufficient fixing using a hammer.
If the wall is finished in tile, we could use anchors with adhesive fixing, cleaning the surface of the tile so that it does not have dust, and once it is dry, mark the ideal position of the axis of the painting.
If the painting is heavy or we prefer to secure both plaster and tile, we will place a plug that stays in the wall (expansive plugs in the case of brick walls or anchor or umbrella plugs in the case of plasterboard walls) ). To place the plug we will use a drill that perforates the wall. It is important to remember that the drill must have the appropriate diameter for the plug that we are going to use, both the plug and the drill have marks that define their diameter. Once the holes have been made, we will insert the plugs with the help of a hammer, making sure before we have penetrated the wall at least the length of the plug.
A little trick to avoid staining the entire room is to place a damp cloth under the drill while drilling, holding it with the hand that is not handling the drill. It will collect all the plaster or brick dust that we will make when drilling the wall.