Architectural elements as art

Add a one-of-a-kind decoration to your bedroom: Hang an interesting, salvaged object on the wall as art in just a few simple steps. Search architectural salvage, flea markets and thrift stores for an interesting item, keeping in mind that lighter-weight choices with flat backs will be the easiest ones to hang. We chose to hang a rustic, planked door.


Item to display
Moulding trim
Drill/driver and assorted drill and screw bits
Spirit level
Tape measure and pencil
Masking tape
Wallpaper paste
Wallpaper or fabric
Acrylic (paintable) sealer and caulk gun
Interior crack filler and putty knife
180-grit sandpaper
semi-gloss paint
Mitre box and backsaw
damp cloth
Craft knife
No More Nails adhesive
Hanging hardware (screw eyes, wall anchors, picture wire, D-rings, etc.)






1. Using tape measure to measure and mark for the object that is to be displayed - add 100mm on all sides. Further define area by applying masking tape to wall just outside pencil marks.

2. To create a backdrop for the object, cut fabric or wallpaper 50mm larger than measurements and use wallpaper paste to wall inside taped-off area, pressing precut wallpaper or fabric in place, smoothing with your hand or a paint scraper. Cut away excess with a craft knife.

3. Using a mitre box and backsaw, cut trim to size, mitring each corner. Lightly sand mitred edges with 180-grit sandpaper and then paint cut trim with two coats of semi-gloss paint, in same colour as walls.

4. Place trim along outside edge of masking tape and attach trim to wall with No More Nails adhesive. Apply acrylic sealer to the inside and outside edges of trim with caulk gun. Now your frame is ready and waiting for any item that you want to mount to create your masterpiece!