Ahhh, the lowly thumbtack and how I loathe thee… Antique plaster, solid wood, faux finished, paneled & perfectly finished drywall just pock marked with hundreds of little holes where posters, notes, pictures & calendars use to hang – enough to leave one thinking that it should be criminalized. While a few of today’s Let’s Blog Offers are connoisseurs of them, there are only three locations I think the dreaded thumbtack should be used; cork-board, bulletin boards, and cubicle walls. So if thumbtacks aren’t the answer, or your college (or parents) bans you from damaging the walls, what is?
- Scotch & Double-sided Tape: Hmmm, no, not really as most leave a residue &/or will damage the items when removed.
- Blue Painter’s Tape: Only if this is for a temporary sign – after 7 days the adhesive has been known to bond to finishes making it nearly impossible to remove &/or stripping the finish off of walls & floors. (Quick Tip – if this is an issue use a blow dryer to help heat up the adhesive for easier removal)
- Poster Putty: I have never used this, but many have sworn on how well it works. Seeing I can’t really talk about it, let me just Google or Bing that for you; Google or Bing. (insert laughing smillee here)
- The Message Center: Back in Phoenix we used to have a split white board & cork board that was mounted by our phone so that we could post notes, leave schedules, messages, etc… Now we simply have a white board on the refrigerator & use magnets for doing the above. (see next)
- Kids Room / Study / Dens: Similar to the message center is creating a mounted or standalone area for posters, pictures, notes, etc… While the following example from HGTV is for a simple blackboard, there is nothing saying you can’t choose to replace the blackboard portion with corkboard, white board, add in a few mirrors for bedroom, etc…
- Frame It: There is nothing wrong with treating a poster like a piece of art and pictures belong in frames. Ahhh, but aren’t you still putting a hole in the wall – in some cases yes, but you are only talking about one nail and not four. If you do need to hang it, make sure you use a picture hanging kit, or look into a product like 3M Command Products (which are great for wreaths & your front door).
- Plate Rails / Shelves: Nothing says a plate rail just has to hold plates – them and shelves make a great place to place framed pictures and other knick-knacks.
- Poster Hangers: imagine a crisp clean modern frame with only a top & bottom rail that is hung just like a piece of art, well that is a poster hanger. (for other hanging methods – see Frame It)
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