Who's taking the picture then? Oh, that would be friend, Kristen (Friend: another person you shouldn't wait on to hang things) who was a little too occupied to help...
Maybe it's because Troy was on TV and who can resist staring into Brad Pitt's eyes for a couple of hours? "Immortality! Take it! It's yours!"
Admittedly, I used to be drill-iterate. (ha. yes.) But now, I give myself an A for effort on yielding a drill and attacking my own mini projects all over the place. Do they always turn out right? Nope. But I'm learning.
Here's a quick 'how-to' to hang shelves without studs. The days of "You have to find the stud in the wall to hang anything heavy" are over. You can basically hang them where ever you want if you have the right equipment going into the job. And you probably already have most everything.
- Shelf or Shelves
- Drywall Anchors (about same size as screws)
- Measuring Tape
Make sure you get the right type of drywall anchors. Ask a specialist at your local store what you will need for the size shelf you're using and also what is going on it.
- Find the perfect spot.
- Use your measuring tape and measure how wide your shelf is. Using a pencil, take the measurement and the leveler to mark your wall where the shelf will go. Measure the brackets accordingly and mark the walls where your screws will be going.
- Take your drill, using a bit that's about the size of the tip of your drywall anchor and drill a hole in each marked area for your screws. You don't want this hole too big (that's what she said) because the anchor needs to be snug.
- Once all the holes are drilled, take your wall anchor and gently tap it into each hole using your hammer. The anchors should be flush with the wall. Now you can place the bracket(s) on the wall and screw your screws into the wall anchor.
Also, make sure you put your brackets on the right side up. Don't be like me, and hang it upside down before realizing what you've done. And then realizing when you turn it right side up, that the holes don't match up. And then possibly falling to the ground in a temper tantrum. That may or may not have happened.
Don't mind the crazy hair flip, I was in work mode that day
After that debacle, I pulled it together (with a little pep talk from my friend Kristen who ended up being a lifesaver even if she didn't lift a finger) and finished the job up nicely. Sometimes you gotta give yourself a pat on the back even if things go wrong.