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The living room in my house has a slightly unusual layout. Its got a nice brick fireplace; the interesting thing about it is that it's not smack dab up against an exterior wall. It stands not in the center of the room, but several feet off the back wall. It serves as a separator between the living room and the dining area/breakfast nook. Because of this, it's got three sides that just beg for artwork. But how to attach a secure hanger on a brick surface? It's easy and cheap!

What You'll Need

  • Electric drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Chunk of dowel
  • Picture hanger
  • Screw (3/4 inch long)
  • Drill bit a bit smaller than the screw
  • Wood glue

The Procedure

  1. Grab a masonry bit that's just a hair smaller than the mortar joint between the bricks.
  2. Drill straight into the mortar joint about an inch.
  3. Blow or vacuum the mortar dust out of the hole.
  4. Cut a piece of dowel the same size as the drill bit, slather some wood glue on it and tap it into the hole.
  5. Once the glue dries, drill a pilot hole and screw in the picture hanger.

The beauty of this is that you can always drill the dowel out and re-mortar the hole.

  • diane.rixon

    Brilliant. It would never have occurred to me to do this. Thanks!

  • leesie

    I'm wondering if I could hang a small storage cupboard in the same way. I have a firplace in my finished basement that faces an entertainment family room... The back side is a finished brick wall. I have a bar along side the back and would like to attach a small cupboard for glasses above the bar, which would hang from the wall. Do you think it would be secure using this same process? Drilling into the mortar?


  • Kelly

    Absolutely Leesie! The recipe I gave was just for an average picture (with a lot of overkill!). If you use deeper dowels and screws you'll get even more support. Always err on the side of caution. Hope this helps; email me if you need more info!

  • Jeri

    I have a newly completed "cultured" stone fireplace with no mantle. I'd love to hang the children's Christmas stockings and, in the future, maybe a canvas wall hanging. Any ideas on what I could use as a hanger?

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