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how to: hang art on brick walls

On location for our Fall catalog we were fortunate to have some amazing brick walls in quite a few shots. While they’re textural, they’re also tough—and a challenge to hang art on—so we checked with our on-set construction guru to find out how they did it.

His advice? “It’s not a bad thing to hire a professional contractor do the work—they’ll have the knowledge and tools needed to do the job right. If you’re on a tight budget and anxious to DIY, definitely check first with your local hardware store for a hanging clips that are specially designed for brick or concrete walls.”

“We used a masonry bit one size smaller than the hanging hardware and drilled into the mortar between bricks. Then we had three options: a plastic anchor and screw, a masonry nail, or a Tapcon concrete screw specificially designed for masonry.”

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I'm so glad you posted this, but I have a question. I'm currently redoing my basement to be my art studio. We have one wall that is half drywall and the bottom half is concrete brick wall. The whole wall is painted the same color. I have some shelving that I want to hang and I understand you're supposed to place the screw/nail on the mortar between the bricks, but in my situation, I have no idea where that is, since the place I'm hanging the shelving is on the top half where the drywall is covering up the concrete. Can you please help me with my hanging dilemma? Thank you, Cheryl

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Hi Cheryl
Your project sounds exciting--we love concrete!
We wish we had an easy answer--we know there's hardware made specifically for concrete walls--but we'll have to defer to the experts and recommend that you check with your local hardware store for the best advice.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!

October 29, 2010 | Registered Commentersandra

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