Turn an Architectural Item Into Art
Add a one-of-a-kind decoration to your bedroom: Hang an interesting, salvaged object on the wall as art in just a few simple steps.
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- item you wish to display
- flat 1x3 MDF trim
- nail gun and nails
- tape measure
- note pad and pencil
- painters' tape
- wallpaper paste
- wallpaper or fabric
- caulk gun
- paintable caulk
- spackle and putty knife
- medium-grit sanding block
- semi-gloss paint
- chop saw
- damp cloth
- smoothing tool
- utility knife or scissors
- hanging hardware (screw eyes, wall anchors, picture wire, D-rings, etc.)
Select Hangable Object
Search architectural salvage, flea markets and thrift stores for an interesting item, keeping in mind that lighter-weight choices with flat backs will be the easiest ones to hang. We chose to hang a rustic, planked door.
Measure and Mark Display Area
Using tape measure, measure object and add three to five inches on all sides. Transfer these dimensions to wall with pencil. Further define area by applying painters' tape to wall just outside pencil marks.
Add Wallpaper or Fabric
Cut fabric or wallpaper two inches larger than measurements. Create a backdrop for object by adding wallpaper paste to wall inside taped-off area, pressing precut wallpaper or fabric in place, smoothing with smoothing tool, then cutting away excess with scissors or utility knife.
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