Gallery-Inspired Family Room

An outdated family room is transformed with a modern design plan.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionEven Bud's old saloon door, which was found tucked away, finds a special place on the stone wall as framed artwork.
To turn an unusual item into art, start by building a box that is two inches wider than the item on all sides and paint as desired. Apply two coats of polyurethane according to the manufacturer's instructions. Lay the box flat with the chosen piece in the desired position inside it. Mark four spots on the frame backing to attach the L-brackets (two facing down toward the upper corners and two facing up toward the bottom corners). Pre-drill holes, and attach the larger section of brackets to the frame backing first so the largest portion of the brackets will be hidden by the item. Screw the empty frame to the wall, being sure the screws will be hidden once the piece is in place. Set the chosen item into position between the brackets, and then secure it to the exposed side of each bracket with more screws.
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