Clean, fresh, painted walls and no hooks!
I was faced with a particularly difficult decorating issue this year. I really wanted to hang Christmas decorations, however with recent renovations I was left with newly painted walls and a scowling husband at any mention of sticky tape, tack or nails.
We have an old fireplace that would be perfect for bringing story books to life. The kiddies are reading stories about Christmas and seeing snow men, fireplaces, stockings and snow. I can’t do much about the snow but I can create a fun and memorable atmosphere with the fireplace. Not only for the kiddies but for the teens too. I was wondering how though, it’s surrounded with exposed brick which nothing sticks too. The mantle is varnished so tape would damage it and with the humidity ‘tack’ is a ‘fail’.
Funny timing because amidst my dilemma I was sent a bag of NEW and innovative Command™ ‘damage free’ CLEAR hooks to trial. Did you know 3M have a new CLEAR range of ‘damage free’ hooks? I didn’t, that’s why I hadn’t thought to use them. I didn’t want white, exposed hooks everywhere on my walls. I have the regular range though. In the kids rooms, we have hats and coats hanging from them. I certainly wouldn’t have considered using Command ‘damage free’ hooks for hanging decorations, until now! Yes I’m impressing the ‘damage free’ because that’s what I’ve experienced, which great relief.
These ones are clear, so much more discreet! I sat, coffee in hand, wracking my brain trying to come up with something clever to hang with the hooks and then my ‘fireplace’ project pinged into mind. Actually forget the ping it was more liking walking into a wall.
1/ Would Command™ hooks stick to exposed brick?
2/ Would Command™ hooks truly hold the weight without coming off and damaging the item?
3/ Would Command™ hooks really be ‘discreet’? There’s nothing worse than seeing hooks sticking out from a display.
The first test was two beautiful large bows I had purchased without thinking about how I was going to hang them up. I had trialled ‘tack’ and double sided tape and failed and consequently both bows were sitting in the cupboard sadly not used. Out they came and up went the first two hooks. I placed the bows up, took photos and went to bed. Actually I have to admit the bows are heavy so I figured they would be on the floor by morning. To my genuine surprise they are still securely on the wall and it’s now been 48 hours.
Next: The Fire Place Transformation.
Ten Gold Socks Hanging On A Wall
Twice I had to pull off hooks because I had not left enough room! Twice the hooks came off cleanly leaving no residue and causing no damage (phew!). I am surprised that they stuck to brick!
Thanks to Command™ Clear Hooks from 3M we are ready for Christmas and I’ll be making sure I have bigger and better plans for next year now that there are no limitations on where and how I can stick decorations!
PaBumpy is going to be one very happy man. I’ll also be using Command™ clear hooks to hang up a few spare rubbish bags on Christmas morning too, for all that wrapping! The hooks can be easily removed when no longer needed, that’s a win for sure.
As for all those gold socks, imagine what Mrs Centipede goes through!
If I’m sent a product and it fails my testing I simply won’t put it on my blog. So you can be assured that if you are reading this it’s because I’ve personally trialled and put the product to a rigorous test of my own first.