Hanging Picture Gallery

Hanging Picture Gallery

Use Designer Kenneth Wingard’s instructions to create a rustic hanging picture gallery.

5 col

Repurposed wood – 50”x12”x2”
5-foot Curtain rod
(10) Assortment of picture frames ranging in size from 11”x14” to 4”x4”
(10) Assortment of family photos or favorite quotes to fit in the frames
(3) 3-inch Hitching rings
Small box 2-inch screw hooks
High gloss spray paint – 3 colors of your choice
Ball of 3-Ply Manila rope 1/4-inch diameter
Ball of 3-Ply Manila rope 3/4-inch diameter
Stud finder
(4) 3-inch Drywall screws
Drill with 1/8 drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver drill bit


Prepare the frames:

  1. Remove the glass and backing from all your frames and put to one side. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your frames using the three colors of your choice. Allow paint to dry before moving onto the next step
  2. Choose family photos or print favorite quotes to go in your frames
  3. Reassemble each frame with the glass, picture and backing
  4. Screw one or two screw hooks to the tops or backs of each frame. Larger frames should have two hooks for added strength. Frames with screw hooks on the backside will hang on looped rope. Frames with screw hooks on the top will hang using decorative knots. (See images below)
Hanging the montage frame:
  1. Center the 5-foot curtain rod near the top of the reclaimed wood and use its accompanying hardware to secure it in place
  2. Attach three hitching hooks near the bottom of the reclaimed wood, spacing them as desired
  3. Screw additional screw hooks into the bottom edge of the reclaimed wood, also spacing them as desired
  4. Locate at least two studs on the wall using a stud finder. Using a level, position the repurposed wood horizontally on the wall, 12 inches from the ceiling. Drill four pilot holes with a 1/8-inch drill bit through the wood and into the wall. Use a drill with a Phillips head drill bit to secure the wood to the wall studs with 3-inch drywall screws

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Adding the frames:

  1. Decide how and where you want your different frames to hang and cut varying lengths of Manila rope accordingly. Tie rope to the screw hooks on the top of each frame using either a Scaffolding knot or a Figure-8 knot

  1. Hang the frames at varying heights attaching them to either the curtain rail, hitching hooks or screw hooks using either the scaffolding knots or the figure-8 knots. Any frame that has hooks on the back, hang the frame directly onto a looped piece of rope.

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