You know how a lot of twenty-somethings’ digs have that bare-walled, minimalist look going on because the inhabitants never got around to buying new art, once they realized that those faded Klimt posters from the college days just weren’t going to cut it? Not a problem in this house of mine. Blame it on my art student past, or on my sweetie’s inability to say no to cheap, funky paintings glimpsed at too-frequent estate sale hunts: whatever the reason, we always seem to have more artwork than wallspace.
To avoid riddling our walls with too many holes, we rigged up these makeshift gallery-style tracks instead. The tracks allow us to easily add new pictures and rotate artwork whenever we snag a new painting, frame a new photograph, or just plain get bored with looking at the same old pictures month after month. Made from materials that you can easily find at your friendly neighborhood home improvement megastore, these tracks can be installed quickly and easily, and are cheap to boot.
you’ll need |
picture hanging hooks
3/32" aluminum cap molding: Home Depot carries these J-lipped metal strips in 6 foot lengths that run about $4 each. You can generally find them in the carpet edging/finishing section.
spraypaint (optional – if you like the silver color, you won’t need to paint)
screws (#6 x ¾"), at least 3 per track (more if you’re planning to hang heavy artwork)
plastic anchors to accommodate the above screws (assuming you’re installing the track in drywall; if you’re installing in concrete, you’ll need concrete anchors. If you’re putting the screws into wood, on the other hand, you won’t need anchors at all.)