Things I Love: 3M Strips

When I moved into my first post-college apartment, my mom gave me the cutest picture hanging kit – a three compartment container filled with nails, a small hammer, pencil, screwdriver, level and picture wire so I could decorate. Hole after hole went into the apartment, and while that wasn’t what caused our ridiculous move-out fee (that would be our badger dog, Yadi), it seemed like there had to be a better way.

Enter Command 3M Strips.

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I had used 3M strips in college to hang posters of Disney Princesses and Zac Efron on my wall (yeah, in college), but I hadn’t really understood just how fantastic they could be.

My first real foray into the world of 3M strips came when I decided to create a gallery wall last January. I LOVED the ease of peeling and sticking what I needed wherever, especially when it came to the smaller pieces, so when we finished our basement, I knew I’d need to call on my old friend. I picked up four square paintings at Hobby Lobby (50% off every day!), and went to work.

Since I used the 3M strips instead of the 3M hooks, I wanted to take off the existing hardware so the paintings would lay flat against the wall. Plus, I was rotating the paintings, so the original hardware would have only worked with one.

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Once removed, I added a strip to each of the top two corners of the painting. I used the 4lb max, although these paintings are not heavy at all!

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The coolest part of the 3M strips is how easy they are to move – I was able to press the painting along the wall and make sure it was aligned.

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The entire process took me no longer than 10 minutes, and that was with realigning the two bottom pictures once I had placed them on the wall!

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This post was not compensated or sponsored by Command brand – I truly just love the product! 

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