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How to hang decorations on cement or adobe walls

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

How to hang pictures on cement

Cement or adobe walls add an industrial-chic feel to homes. The only problem? It’s hard to hang anything—from pictures to art—from them. But fear not, there is a way to spare these kinds of walls from being bare. Just follow a few of these how-to steps:

FrameStep 1: Visit your local hardware store

The first thing anyone with cement walls should do is to visit their local hardware store. There, you can speak to design experts about the tools you'll need for your art-hanging project. Drill bits, a drill, anchors, and screws are a must. You'll also want a laser level.

Step 2: Weigh your art

The next step is to figure out how much your art weighs. The heavier it is, the larger the anchor you'll need, and the more screws you'll want to use to secure it in place.

Step 3: Wash away dirt

Before you start laying out your art, it's important to wash any dirt or dust away from the wall's surface (antibacterial wipes or basic soap and water will do the trick). Give the surface time to dry before you get down to business.

Step 4: Get measuring

Once your wall is dry, figure out where you want to hang the art. Measure it and ensure it will sit level on your wall. With a pencil, mark where you'll want to drill your holes.

Step 5: Start drilling

Once you know where you want to place your screws, grab your drill, drill bits, and an anchor. Drill a hole into the wall; once the hole is finished, grab your anchor and hammer it into place. From there, grab your screw and drill it into place within the anchor. Repeat for as many holes as you need to hang your work of art.

Step 6: Clean up

Once you've drilled all of your holes, it's important to clean up your mess (simply dusting or sweeping up the concrete will do).

Step 7: Hang your art

Voilá! You're done! Hang your work of art and sit back and admire how chic it looks on your industrial-style walls.

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