How to Hang a Picture on a Brick Fireplace


Hanging pictures on a brick fireplace is not much different from hanging them on Sheetrock walls where there is no stud to hit. The object for the wall is to install an anchor into which a screw will go to hold the painting. The object for the brick fireplace is to do the same except you want to install an anchor in the mortar between the bricks rather than in the brick itself. A lead anchor hook is one option. This is a hook with a supplied lead anchor and screw to hold the hook solidly in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Variable speed drill
  • Masonry bit (size depends on wall anchor size)
  • Lead anchor hook
  • Screwdriver
  • Measure the picture and the area of space on the fireplace to determine where the picture will go. Mark the mortar accordingly.

  • Drill a hole with the masonry bit as deep as needed for the chosen anchor. Clean the masonry dust out of the hole.

  • Insert the anchor into the hole and push it in as far as it will go. Insert the screw provided and tighten it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Mark the back of the picture frame for the hanger hardware as needed. For example, if you're using screw eye hangers and wire, be certain the screws are in the frame solidly before securing the wire to them. If you're using a sawtooth hanger, center it on the top back of the picture frame and secure it with the tacks provided with the hanger.

  • Hang the picture on the hook installed in the mortar and adjust accordingly for appearance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a piece of masking tape to the end of the drill bit to mark the depth needed for the anchor. This prevents possible compromising of the strength of the mortar or cracking of the brick.
  • If you use a wire on the back of the picture, be certain it is tight enough to hold the picture on the anchor without sagging.
  • Do not overtighten the anchor; that will compromise its strength.

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