A Place For Showcasing Kid’s Art
My kids all take art classes, and over the years, we have accumulated lots and lots of artwork. They (and I) don’t want to part with anything they’ve made, but we are running out of wall space, and canvases are really hard to store since they are so big and bulky. We have a funky wall in our schoolroom which slants like the roof, making it nearly impossible to hang pictures on it. Our solution was to create a display ledge in a way that pictures can be switched out easily.
17 feet 16-gauge black wire
3 aged bronze 1 1/4 inch cabinet knobs
Sheet rock anchors
2 8-foot quarter round 3/4 X 3/4 inch molding (we used pre-painted PVC molding)
2 8-foot white ranch corner molding
1 1/2-inch hardwood trim nails
small finish nails
Stick Fast Thick Instant CA Adhesive or other quick-drying adhesive
Dry Dex Spackle
- Determine the width you need your ledge to be to accommodate the artwork. We needed a 5/8-inch space to fit the thickest canvases. You want to create a lip with the molding to hold the paintings on the ledge. The quarter round molding will be mounted on the bottom, so you measure out from the wall to determine where to adhere the corner molding. The molding strips will not line up, but you will have a slight gap to allow for proper spacing.
- Lay the piece of corner molding on top of the quarter round molding and trace a line along it to mark your measurements. Keeping them together, drill tiny holes through both pieces about every 18 inches.
- Glue the two pieces together, and then run finish nails through the pre-drilled holes for extra stability.
- Once dry, mount this piece to the wall by nailing into studs with hardwood trim nails. Patch nail holes with spackle and wipe off excess when dry.
- Using the shortest piece of artwork as a guide, determine where the wire needs to run to hold the tops of the art pieces in place. Mount cabinet knobs on wall on ends (and in center if your strip is long like ours} using sheet rock anchors.
- Wrap wire around knobs, keeping it taut, but allowing room to slide the artwork behind it.