Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hanging My Paris Pin Board

I finally got around to hanging my Paris pin board that I bought a few months ago (ok, I think it was actually last summer..). It's been leaning on the floor since I bought it, but yesterday I scrounged in the shed and found my proper drill (as compared to my cordless drill) and drilled the proper holes in the brick wall.  It is great to not have it on the floor any more.

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

This tiny wall is between my desk area and the kitchen. I love having my desk out in the open part of the house rather than in a study as I don't want to be working from home or blogging shut away in a room. I like being in the thick of it, and to get up and check on something in the kitchen, or do the laundry or watch the kids in the yard. I just need to keep the whole area much neater.  (for more than half a day at least!)

How to hang pictures on a brick wall

If you are drilling into a masonry or brick wall you will need an electric drill (not a cordless), a masonry drill bit and plastic plugs and screws. The drill bit, plugs and screw all need to be of complementary size.

My drill (a Makita) has a hammer action which helps no end with drilling into brick. If you are buying a new drill this is something I consider an essential feature! Just pay the extra money...

To work out where your drill holes need to be. Put double sided tape along the back of your painting and mark where the hangers are.  I just put a little tear into the tape. Actually I ended up moving the green tape up to just under the mounting clip so that the frame would be exactly where I wanted it to be.

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

Then hold your painting or pin board up on the wall where you want it to be and transfer the tape to the wall. The rips have not shown up very well in the photo below but they are there.

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

I taped off my drill but to the depth I wanted the hole to be (ie the length of the plastic plug) - measure against your plastic plug and wrap painters tape around so the depth you want is exposed. When you are drilling stop when the drill reaches the tape.

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

Drill where the tapes marks are.  If you have someone else at home with you hold the vacuum cleaner (without head) under as you are drilling to catch all the dust.

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

Hammer in the plastic plugs. These need to be tight so they don't just pull out.  This is why it is important to make sure your drill bit, plastic plug and screw are all compatible. 

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

Rip off the tape and screw in your screw. I have used a countersunk head screw so that the little hanging clips can catch on to the lip easily. A round head screw would not be suitable for the clips on the back of my pin board. I did not screw the screw all the way in, just a millimetre or so out so there is something for the clip to easily catch on. 
how to hang pictures on a brick wall
and hang your picture.

how to hang pictures on a brick wall

And now I'm wondering why a 5 minute job has taken me more than 5 months!

You may be wondering why I've done step by step instructions for what seems such a basic job but I know so many people who would not do this themselves or would wait for their husbands to do this for them.  I hope to inspire you to try things yourself and to show you easily how things can be done. 

On my pinboard are some of my special things: photos of me as a kid in one of the gorgeous dresses Mum made, a photo of my dad that I found amongst mum's stuff, Charlie when he was a puppy.  I also usually have a photo of my mum and me here but my sister has that photo at the moment.

a couple of Ness' clay tags that remind me that 
"You only live once, live beautifully
Good advice don't you think.

 My blog card

... cards from my kids and Phil, photos of the kids, a photo of me with my 2 best mates from engineering, a photo of my dear step-dad, Max; another one from when I backpacked through America and found Arnie's star on Hollywood Boulevard (long story), cinema tickets I won recently etc... I need to add a photo of me and Phil!

and here's my desk - I hate the orange pine wood and desk is in bad shape with water marks and scratches. I have big plans for this desk someday. (Plans involving white paint of course). I bought this desk when I was first working, when I was in the Air Force all those years ago and have dragged it around with me since then. It's massive but it holds all our files and my art supplies so while it's huge it is very useful. It is almost never this neat! 

At least it's one more thing ticked off my to do list (a tiny thing perhaps but still I'm marking it off). Now to just make myself write a proposal for work that I've been procrastinating over for days... at least I have a tidy desk....

have a good day
Fiona xx


  1. Looks lovely Fiona. I've had a clock sitting on the floor for the past 3 months waiting to be hung on a brick wall too - you're not alone. Might just get the drill out this weekend.

  2. Oh I know what you mean about not getting things done for so long when in reality it only takes 5 minutes...story of my life! Love the pinboard and all your gorgeous mementos :)
    Good luck with your proposal!
    Cas x

  3. Oooooh love it! I'm the same way though. Sometimes it takes me months (if not years!) to remember that I bought something and to put it out.


    1. Hi Jeanine
      Why do we do that? I used to have a rule that as soon as i bought with something i dealt with it (literally as soon as i walked in the house with it) but have fallen into slack ways this year!
      Have a great week
      Fiona xx

  4. The noticeboard looks great Fiona. I hung one yesterday too, in Jacob's room. It is on my list to blog about it :)

    Love your desk and can't wait to see that given the white paint treatment!
    xx Karen

  5. I have some metal art that has been waiting to be hung for months now you have inspired me to get it hung, sadly power tools scare me! Another job for the hubbie, your pin board is lovely.

  6. such a great trick with the tape...and your kitchen and blog photos are gorgeous!

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