This post is sponsored by 3M. You CAN hang heavy things, and we’re showing you how. Hang up to 45 pounds by yourself, easily!
We’re at the point in the Two Flat renovation where we can start whipping out room reveals super casually. Like, oh, hey, remember this bathroom? Boom. Somehow, the Unit 2 bathroom yet to make a prominent blog appearance, but the day has come! We shared the mood board for this space months ago, and seeing the space now, we stuck to it. She’s come a long way, don’t you think?
Unit 2 Bathroom | Before
Unit 2 Bathroom | Progress
Unit 2 Bathroom | Today!
The Missing Link
Isn’t it strange how a space can come so far, and yet, until you begin hanging hooks and artwork, it can still feel incomplete? Such was the case in Unit 2’s bathroom. With every new layer that was added – the flooring, the marble tile, the vanity (so much warmth!) – we oohed and aahed. We would say, We’re so close! And yet, it wasn’t until we hung the mirror on the wall that we agreed, She’s complete.
Let’s take a step back, because I want to share with you how we hung the mirror on the wall. It changed the way we viewed the task of Hanging Heavy Things – not to mention, the no-fun task of Hanging Heavy Things on two D-rings! In fact, this clever no-tools required hanging solution is so simple to use, you can Hang Heavy Things all by yourself. Here’s the secret:
Hang Heavy Things By Yourself
When we learned about the 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker, we wondered if it was too good to be true. (Spoiler: It really is that good!) With the CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger, you can hang artwork up to 45 pounds without the help of anyone else, and all you’ll need is your thumbs. Included with our kit is a Spot Marker, and we’re still singing its praises days later.
The mirror we purchased is 20 pounds and has 2 D-rings, which makes for secure hanging, tired arms, and tricky math, right? The 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker changed the game. There’s no need to find a stud, and unlike a an anchor or toggle bolt, it won’t leave big holes in your drywall. We followed the easy-to-follow instructions that came in the package, but here’s how it breaks down:
- We made a small dot on the back of the mirror where a nail would typically go.
- We took our Spot Marker and removed the liner from the gray side, exposing the adhesive.
- With the adhesive side down, we laid the Spot Marker on the mirror so that the top pointed towards our dot. We repeated these steps on both D-rings.
Next, we removed the adhesive from the exposed side of our Spot Markers, and Scott held the mirror in place above the vanity. Because we had two D-rings, we used a small level to ensure that we were nice and straight, and then he gently pressed the mirror onto the wall. When he pulled the mirror away, the Spot Markers stayed on the wall! Using a pencil, we made a small dot in the notch of the Spot Marker, and then we removed them from the wall completely.
Tip: The type of frame hardware you’re using (i.e., sawtooth, D-ring, etc) will determine how to use the Spot Marker, but not to worry! You can view the step-by-step instructions on your package insert.
No Tools Necessary
Here’s where the 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker comes in! As I mentioned before, you don’t even need to search for a stud, because the trusted strength of the 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker can hold up to 45-lbs when pushed directly into drywall. We opted to use the 45-lb strength, but it’s available in 15-lb and 25-lb options as well.
For each dot that we made on the wall, we aligned the bottom notch of our 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker with the pencil mark. With the bottom pushed against the wall and Scott’s thumbs on the upper corners, he pushed in the hanger swiftly and firmly.
And… that’s it! He did the same on both sides and hung our 20-lb mirror while I watched (and documented, ha!). Not once did we need to take out a tape measure, stud finder or drill.
Perhaps our favorite part of hanging this mirror – and why it felt so momentous for this bathroom makeover – is that you can see the brick chimney in its reflection! It adds a layer of depth that we weren’t expecting, which was the happiest surprise.
You can purchase the 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker on Amazon in 15, 25 or 45 pound options. Happy picture hanging!
Bathroom Source List:
Walls are Sherwin-Williams Heron Plume | Millwork is Sherwin-Williams Magnetic Gray | 3M™ CLAW Drywall Picture Hanger and Spot Marker | tile cap | wall tile | black pencil tile | floor tile | tile cap | brass sconce | mirror | faucet | 24″ vanity | tub + shower trim kit | bathtub | toilet | marble shelf | towel hooks | soap pump
how easy is it to remove the ‘claw’ and how large are the holes left behind. ?
Hi Gigi! There is a small ‘notch’ at the top of the claw that allows a flat head screwdriver to gently pry out the Claw. The holes left behind are tiny! About the size of a tine on a dinner fork.
I can’t believe these little things hold so much weight! Going to give them a try!
My mind is blown – what a great product! The bathroom looks amazing too :)
Thank you, Meredith!
ok this is pretty cool! for old building dwellers: do you know if this would work on plaster & lathe walls?
Laura, I’m going to try it! Will keep you posted.
Hi Laura! I double checked with the 3M team, and they let me know that it’s recommended for drywall.
I understand that it’s recommended, but will it work on healthy plaster at all?
Saturday I bought a 5-pack of CLAWs. After I tried and failed to push them into my plaster wall, I realized that I’d forgotten that my new walls are not drywall. Undeterred, I got out my hammer and gently tapped on each side of the CLAW several times. This seemed quite effective. I ended up installing 4 CLAWs on the wall to hang a various picture frames. I am no handyman and in fact not very handy at all. Nevertheless I am very happy with this product, especially since the way I used the included Spot Markers proved effective.
Very cool! Thanks for doing the research, Peter.
Just last night I was thinking about how my favorite thing to do is hang pictures and art and mirrors in a space. I’m going to have to try these! I’ve used Beehive and other similar things, but nothing that heavy duty. And hurray to not having to remove a huge molly leaving a gaping hole in the drywall when done.
Then you are going to LOVE these, Julie!
MIND BLOWN. Life changed. Love these kinds of posts! Technical question here: Each Claw holds 15, 25, or 45lbs right? So you guys could have gotten away with using two 15lb claws right? I have a big heavy mirror that weighs 53lbs so do you think I should be totally fine to use two 45lb claw?
Katy, yes! I believe you can use two of those for your heavy mirror! Your mind is about to be blown even further when you see how easy these are to use!
KIM. SCOTT. This is the best influencer content I’ve had in a while! I clicked through to the 3M website and then to the “where to buy,” added to my Target cart, and checked out. I hope this gives you credit! I bought 3 packs! I love changing out artwork in my house (see ChrisLovesJulia Instagram stories today) and usually try to make the best of it without moving nail holes… but this seems like a much more workable solution. And like I said on your instagram post – a great housewarming gift or welcome gift for renters!! GENIUS.
The housewarming idea is SUCH A GOOD ONE. Practical and just the tool to get art up on the walls, all the better for making a house feel like a home!
I’m in love. I shudder every time we make holes in the wall. These are perfection!!
This is an absolute game changer. I’ve loved “gorilla hooks” for the ease of install and small holes, but they are a pain when there’s multiple attachments. Absolutely going on my list for the next time I need to hang something.
I just ordered this mirror in 24×36 and it is lovely! I also bought the CLAW. I’m worried I’m going to hear a crash in the middle of the night to find the mirror has fallen on my vanity:/ The mirror is about 23lbs (feels like 50!) Has your mirror held steady? And does it sit fairly flat against the wall?
It sits COMPLETELY flat against the wall! It’s very secure with a CLAW on each D-ring.
Just hung the mirror and it was so easy! So glad to know about this magical little thing. Love how flat to the wall it hangs. Bravo!