Hinged Art

December 18, 2014


Got a functional eyesore on your wall in the shape of a fusebox or thermostat that’s messing up your design steez? There’s no need to get all unhinged. Megan Pflug of One Kings Lane brings us yet another brilliantly clever DIY that makes magic out of meddlesome imperfections. With a flea market find and a trip to the hardware store, you can turn a piece of art into a decorative solution. Form meets function never looked so good!

To create: Find a frame with a stretcher that is deep enough to accommodate whatever you are concealing. Turn your painting face down. Center the hinge along the desired side so the middle of the hinge is aligned with the outermost edge of the painting’s stretcher or frame. Use a screwdriver to attach the hinge to prevent the wood from splitting. It’s important that the screws are short enough to avoid puncturing through the painting itself. Attach as many screws as needed depending on the size of the painting. To finish, position your painting on the wall, mark the screw holes with a pencil and set the painting aside. Attach the wall anchors according to the manufacture’s instructions. Reposition your painting and screw the hinge into place using a drill bit. Swing the painting closed and forget about that control panel until the next time you need access.

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