Have you seen those raised frames in the Pottery Barn magazine? I thought the idea was so cool...but I really wasn't too keen on spending $16 on a frame riser (plus s&h). I put these up late last year but recently when Reiley knocked my rigged frame risers down I re-thought my approach and did it a bit differently. I'm sure there are several ways to get this look...but I am just going to share what I did.
First, I had these photos from our engagement/family photo shoot and I bought these black frames. I really wanted to put them in our front room...but I had also painted my walls a dark brown so the black frames really did not look to hot. I decided to paint a vertical stripe to kinda block off the area I wanted to put the frames in.
I would like to be able to say I did some serious measuring and made templates (like most suggest) but I just I don't have patience for it ( I would rather do a trial and error for 30 minutes- HA!) . I might have measured a few things..but I ended up making a lot of holes.
So the two middle frames are raised slightly in front of the other three frames. And here is how I did it (sorry for lack of photos). I had Justin cut down to pieces of wood that fit in between all of the frames and were about 2" off the wall (maybe a bit more). Then I had him drill a large hole (or two) through most of the blocks and a smaller one to finish it off. There is likely a term for this but I have no clue what it is called. Basically I wanted to fit a screw through the 2" raised height so the larger hole was to get the screw closer to the wall.
Then I used one of those Command photo strips (which I originally was like- 'why would someone by those?'...then I thought- 'hey, those just might work for my idea'). I basically stuck the strip to cover the holes and adhered the other strip to the back of the frame. They hold pretty good, I must say. When I saw them on TV I totally didn't get how they would work. They have different types it looks like...but I just grabbed the first ones I saw. Anyway, it turned out a lot more effective than the first time I tried this at 9:00 at night, pregnant and trying to finish hanging them before company the next day. That is when I rigged them after trying to get them up so hard I was near tears (okay...I did cry).
Much easier once I was able to think it out.