Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coming Soon to the Living Room Wall...Oops!

Anybody here remember Pierce Brosnan's old TV series, Remington Steele?







In the series, his character had a great love of old movies, in which he often found connections to cases he and his private investigator partner (secretly his boss), Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) were working on. His love of these films was also reflected in the decor in his apartment. Framed movie posters adorned the walls. I loved that, and decided I wanted to collect and display posters from my favorite movies and other favorite things, like horses and pro wrestling (shut up, William, I know what's coming out of your mouth right about now). I started out having the posters custom framed--drop them off, pick them up a few days later in elegant, perfect frames. But there was one problem with that. The frames were so heavy, large hooks (and nasty holes in the walls) were needed to keep them in place--and even that didn't always work. I still have one poster in my closet in its custom frame. The glass is broken.

Not easy to see the cracks in the glass, but they're there!


I was convinced that one night, the poster hanging over my bed would fall and I'd end up with a fractured skull. Or worse. All the posters were taken down from the walls until I could come up with a better plan.

When we moved to our current apartment, the lease indicated holes in the walls would not be appreciated and might actually keep us from getting our deposit back, should we ever move. Okay, no holes. So what could I do about hanging my posters?



This stuff really works...
as long as you remember to change the strips 
from time to time!

I found the solution at Walgreens. They sold poster frames that were lightweight and could be hung without any holes in the wall whatsoever, using adhesive picture hanging strips. I came home one day with several large frames and packages of the adhesive strips and I went to work on the bare walls. The frames are cheap plastic and have to be pieced together once the posters are positioned between the cardboard backing and the transparent plastic covering. But my posters still look pretty darn good...or they did.

I should have realized that adhesive on the strips wasn't meant to last forever. The posters had been hanging on our walls for over six years. Last week, around one in the morning, I was awakened by a loud crash. One of the posters hanging in the dining room had fallen from the wall. The plastic frame, of course, had separated--but how the heck did the transparent sheet end up in pieces?



The frames may be cheap, but look
at the posters!


I told Collin we had to make some changes. From now on, nothing could hang over the TV or computer. Beds were also a no-hang zone. Those plastic framing strips could poke out an eye, after all. It was time for a change anyway. I'm on the lookout for posters from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers, which will occupy the place of honor over the couch. The Minions will also hang in the living room, though not as close to the TV as they were previously.


Yup. I want these hanging over my couch!


After a long day out--Collin had an appointment with his doctor and we stopped for lunch--we spent the evening re-framing and hanging some of the posters. The Babe poster, which had fallen from the dining room wall, is currently hanging over the couch beside Moulin Rouge (how's that for contrast?)--but I'm having a bit of trouble holding it together. The frame, I mean. It's in worse shape than I thought. Walgreens no longer carries the cheap frames I've been using, so now I have to make do until I find a retailer who does.

Terrible photo...but see that black strip?
That's the adhesive that's supposed to be on the BACK of
the frame!
 

I wish I had a valid excuse for this. Look closely. The adhesive strip that's supposed to be on the back of the frame somehow ended up under the transparent covering, stuck to the poster! And I made matters worse. In trying to fix it, I pushed the top part of the frame strip off the poster. And I can't reach it to put it back where it belongs (I'm not allowed to climb, either, not even short climbs--epilepsy sucks). Looks like we have another long evening ahead when Collin gets home. He is so going to hate this....





26 comments:

  1. I seriously would not have noticed the kinds of frames, had you not mentioned it a few times. Posters look good. Who cares if the frames are crappy?

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    1. That's how I feel! These are much easier to hang.

      I've been thinking about having some of my book covers turned into posters....

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    2. It's actually not very expensive, so I'll likely do it.

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    3. That's the best.

      Okay, got you back in my dashboard. Writing a new comment ... testing publishing of said comment in one, two, three ....

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  2. Yes. Let Collin be in charge of that project. Be careful.

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    1. I'm just frustrated by all the restrictions!

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  3. What a great collection! And it doesn't matter about the frames. Have you tried places like Michaels or Staples for cheap frames?

    Just don't forget to change out the sticky stuff every few years!

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    1. That was where I went wrong!

      I did find a great place online to get both frames and posters!

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  4. I remember when Walgreens carried those frames. I have used them before.
    I like the ones that just have the thin acrylic and 4 slides to hold them . Great for posters.
    Check out Tall Mouse, Michel's or Arron Brothers.

    I like your poster idea very much, You like movies so why not !
    Just don't hang them to high.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I wish they still carried them--but I found a place online to order them for even less than Walgreens charged, and they have movie posters for as low as $6.99.

      They just have to clear the Minions on the back of my couch!

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  5. It's a good idea, and you're not the only one with movie posters!

    I have no idea how adhesive strips might migrate.

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  6. Perhaps the adhesive strips are related to cyber space. I don't have movie posters, but I have a beer poster that hangs in my den of iniquity.

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    1. Mari--a beer poster? You?

      When my mother was a teenager, she had a lighted beer sign in her bedroom. She didn't like beer, but the sign had horses on it, which she loved.

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  7. I use the sticky strips every time Norma they're so neat, but I didn't realize they have to be changed now and then.

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    1. I'm guessing they last a long time, Grace--I hadn't changed mine in six years!

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    2. I guess I'll find out when mine need changed when I hear noises that go bump in the night :)

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    3. It's more of a loud crash than a bump, Grace! I was startled because I really didn't think it would make that much noise.

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  8. Most of the pictures in this couldn't come in for me. But for the first two--love that show. In fact we watch it when it's on on the weekend.

    Sounds like you've got that problem solved. I'll have to remember this.

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  9. I wish I'd saved my movie posters! And I LOOOVED Remington Steel!

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    1. I lost a lot of mine (long story) and have had to start collecting them all over again. I had Raiders of the Lost Ark, Casablanca, ET, and several old ones.

      I loved Remington Steele, too...and the clothes Laura Holt wore. It was her wardrobe that turned me on to hats--Laura's wardrobe and Indy's fedora!

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  10. Oh man.. I forgot about remmington steel. I loved that show!

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  11. Babe is one of the best movies...ever!!

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