I have an "outdoor office" with bare wood interior walls. I'd like to hang some wall art but I'm concerned about damaging the wood and/or leaving a lot of holes that I would have to patch later (and would look unappealing since I don't want to paint).

Is there a type of product I can use to hang stuff that does NOT require piercing the wood surface?

  • Does the wood have any finish, such as shellac, varnish, polyurethane?
    – bib
    Sep 12, 2015 at 18:21
  • @bib yes, multiple coats of polyurethane
    – Mike B
    Sep 12, 2015 at 18:48
  • What is the weight of the art?
    – WarLoki
    Sep 12, 2015 at 19:04
  • @warloki I'm not sure... a pound or two? It's a 18 x 20 inch metal frame with a glass surface.
    – Mike B
    Sep 12, 2015 at 19:29

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Two approaches come to mind:

Thin nail picture hooks


These use very sharp, very thin hardened nails that can be removed leaving a hole so small it is nearly invisible, even in finished wood. If it were noticeable, it could be concealed with touch up wax. Various weight load sizes are available. The sizes that have the thinnest nails can hold at least 20 lbs. each, more if pairs of hooks are used.

Removable hooks

removable hooks

These are glue on devices in which the glue strip can be pulled to remove, supposedly doing no harm to the finish of the wall. These hangers are limited to loads no greater than 5 lbs., but the use of two hangers would increase that load.

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