How to Hang a Portrait with Junk

January 28th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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The impending parental doom of my youngest graduating from high school has me hanging her picture on every available wall space. I massaged these industrial junk pieces to work with this traditional and somewhat ornate frame.
Thar she blows...the picture hanger. Three very different junk elements play nicely together in the sandbox.
Birdseye view,
Youve heard me say it before and you can count on hearing it again and again. Its all in the details my friends. Can you say broken record? Sorry!
The beautiful before. Door knob plates, a crystal and the Junk 101 can you guess what these are question. What are those round things any hoo? I know...do you?
I wanted to alter the color of my metal junk a bit to work better with my frame. I roughed up the metal with sandpaper and applied metallic paint with a cloth.
As soon as I could get the paint on, I rubbed it in and wiped it away to create a vintage looking patina.
Gorilla Glue has a new epoxy product I wanted to try to attach the two metel pieces. All you have to do is depress, mix, and apply. Easy,peasy, lemon squeezy.
Re-sand the two metal pieces where they will be adjoined then clean with water, and let dry. When dry apply epoxy and connect the metal.
 
Clamp and do not touch for 90 minutes. If you are hyper like me I highly recommend engaging in another activity because it really does not dry any faster if you watch it. Ha! For full weight bearing capacity allow epoxy to cure for 24 hours.
Attach a crystal to the loop on the Junk 101 mystery junk.
Heres my little detail. You only need to put a screw at the top of the hanger to support the weight of the portrait and frame leaving an empty hole at the bottom of the plate. I went to my my trusty junk room (yep I have a whole room) and nabbed an upholstery tack. I cut the sharp part off the back and glued it over the hole. The crystal hanging over it makes it look very beautiful.
The impending parental doom of my youngest graduating from high school has me hanging her picture on every available wall space. I massaged these industrial junk pieces to work with this traditional and somewhat ornate frame.

The impending parental doom of my youngest graduating from high school has me hanging her picture on every available wall space. I massaged these industrial junk pieces to work with this traditional and somewhat ornate frame.


You know me and my pictures...I can't just hang them the with hidden hooks and wire because that would be waaaaay too boring. Throughout the years I have shown many diferent ways to attack artwork and portrait hanging, but this is one of my personal favorites. The junk is findable and the project very doable. Y'all (practicing my Texas talk) know what I call that, right? A twofer.


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Comments (19)

TrashyGirl writes: It looks like the base of a hurricane lamp to me, you see the "key" at the base that allowed one to turn the wick up or down. Posted: 12:16 am on March 11th
ANGELZ writes: You are sooooo into combinations yea! I'm still thinkin big/small..This did give me a use for some victorian dresser pull knobs to use for ribbon tie up pics..a broading of perspective is GOOD! thanks Posted: 1:48 am on February 11th
suewhitney writes: Hi,

The mystery junk is indeed a wick holder from a gas lamp! Good guessing.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:45 pm on February 4th
CottageElements writes: These pieces look vaugely familiar . . . love the look of this! Kind of has an industrial feel. The color of the walls look fab with the silver, too! And I really like how simple it is!

Lani Posted: 6:55 pm on February 1st
ALVN writes: I really like this! You crafty girl, you! Posted: 11:20 pm on January 31st
byabpryor writes: OMGosh....Very cute! Posted: 7:40 pm on January 30th
suewhitney writes: Thanks everyone! This was a fun and very simple project.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 8:23 am on January 30th
Tuttibelle writes: Not clear here...are they sink strainers or lamp parts??? Can't wait to try the new GG epoxy can think of a couple of things to use it on. Posted: 10:06 am on January 29th
shabbychick writes: Sue - you are the queen of picture hanging!! (wear that crown proudly!!!) Love the idea with the doorplate and the added bling is just right! Gretchen's probably right about the round watchamacallit...(it is very cool!).

Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathy Posted: 9:28 am on January 29th
eliz2nd writes: how pretty what a great idea ! Posted: 8:58 am on January 29th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Love the change in patina and it is displayed so beautifully! I'm going with Gretchen's guess too about the wick holder.

Love this!
Candy
Posted: 6:44 am on January 29th
texasjunkermom writes: That is really a great, well put-together hanger! The round things are (like MimiToria said) the wick holders from kerosene lamps? That's what they look like to me. Posted: 11:24 pm on January 28th
JunkArchitect writes: You do such a great job combining all these different parts. I usually tear through flea markets like a crazy person and miss all the little detail components that you use so often…I need to slow down. Posted: 9:36 pm on January 28th
fellowjunker writes: So pretty Sue..........love the hanger you invented!!! And, your photography as always is absolutely amazing and inspiring!!
xojanis Posted: 8:47 pm on January 28th
MimiToria writes: Too funny, Sue, I actually posted a comment at lunch at work and forgot to click on submit, so it didn't post.
Love the combination you used on this project. The door hardware, the chandelier and the upholstery tack are great together to make this inovative photo hanger. The added mystery piece is a vintage pre-electric wick holder. Am I right?
Gretchen Posted: 8:19 pm on January 28th
Junkpony writes: Cool idea, I have door plates just like those in my junk pile. Those look sort of like sink strainers... Posted: 8:04 pm on January 28th
suewhitney writes: Lol....yaah, you betcha! Posted: 7:08 pm on January 28th
irishrovr writes: I'm stumped! What are those interesting round whatchamacallits anyway? Some kind of gas burner? Spray nozzle?
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Posted: 6:26 pm on January 28th
chosmosw writes: Beautiful, as always, and no I don't have any idea what they are. But I do know that a twofer is a northern word, yaaah for sure! Posted: 5:23 pm on January 28th
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