I don’t know where some of my ideas come from, and this DIY hanging frame was a crazy idea that eventually became a win (although it took several fails to get there)!
We recently added bookshelves (and a library ladder) to our home office. I wasn’t sure what to do with the top shelf, and I spent weeks trying to come up with idea. One day I magically came up with this idea for hanging frames.
As you can see the photo, it all worked out in the end (and I do love them). However, it was a journey to get there.
I purchased three swivel eye pulleys and three safety cup hooks from the hardware store.
I spray painted the hardware black. While I waited for the paint to dry on the pulleys and hooks, I drilled holes in the top of the bookshelves. My center piece had to go through a support piece which required a deeper hole so that all three frames hung evenly.
Gluing the pullies on the frames is what caused me so much anxiety. At first I tried this FiberFix Extreme Glue. However, my pulleys kept coming off the frames. I tried over and over without any luck.
I went rummaging through my glue stockpile and found another glue – E6000. It is an industrial strength adhesive that I had purchased for gluing mirrors onto a dresser.
I added more glue than suggested, and after allowing them to sit for 24 hours the pulleys stayed put on the frames.
Once I hung the pulleys on the hooks, I had to fold a small piece of cardboard under each frame to prevent them from turning.
However, I had the hanging frames I had envisioned!
What are some of your DIY disasters? I’d love to hear them!