Okay, so you put a picture frame up on the wall. You get out your level (everyone should have a level in their house– no discussion), slap it on top, adjust the picture frame so it’s level, and walk away. BUT 15 minutes later your husband (substitute “child” for “husband”, if necessary) goes out into the garage and, unintentionally, SLAMS the door to the garage, shaking the wall, and causing your perfectly level picture frame to be level no more.
Never fear though! My trick will help your pictures maintain their state of levelness.
Are you ready for my secret weapon?
I love these little things. They’re rubbery so they grab the wall, and they’re clear so they don’t mark up the wall.
You can find cabinet bumpers at big box stores or here.
You simply stick two bumpers onto the two bottom corners of your picture frame, so one bumper per corner.
Hang your picture frame. Slap your level on top. Adjust until it’s level. Then give the bottom corners with the bumpers a little push.
Note: Do this at the same time with both hands. I was holding my camera when I took this photo so my right hand was occupied.
Does this method mean I never have to go back and readjust my picture frames? No. Sometimes I will notice that a picture frame is a little off so I’ll make the adjust. But I have to fix picture frames with bumpers less often than those without bumpers.
I know some people use poster putty but that’s not really plausible with my walls since they’re textured. The putty would get into the little grooves so I’d have to scrub the walls to get the putty off. And some putties have stained my walls in the past.
So there you have it! How I keep my picture frames straight so I don’t have to constantly adjust them.