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Wood strip lets art hang anywhere.

A centuries-old method of displaying art with picture molding was updated in this Seattle remodel. Instead of using traditional ornate molding common in Victorian architecture, architect James Cutler chose plain 1/2- by 4-inch fir painted graygreen. The top edge of each board has a bevel cut to hold homemade picture hangers of heavy-gauge bent wire. Doubled picture wire loops through the hangers and is attached behind the art.

The wood rail is aligned with the tops of the doors and the window trim in owner Hal Toby's living room; it defines where the walls and coved ceiling meet and gives continuity to the space.

This approach works well on lath-and-plaster walls, which often crack when poked with holes.
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Date:Apr 1, 1984
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