Hanging Pictures on Rock-Hard Plaster Wall


<< More From Moss Building & Design




Dear Moss Building & Design,

How can I hang pictures on my rock-hard plaster walls?


Dear Dulles Mom,

This is a tough one!

Older homes had walls that were plastered in a few different ways: over wood lath, over rock lath, or with huge 16″ x 48″ sheets of drywall, or over wire lath. Back then, walls were then finished with three coats of plaster that dried as hard as a rock.

Hooks with nails won’t go in easily. You’d have to chip out a hole and nail into space. But then you’d have to spend a long time repairing the (potentially) cracked plaster around the hole, patch it, etc.

The best option would be using hooks that attach with adhesive. These days there are good options at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy answer to this one!


Moss Building & Design is the top home remodeling company in Northern Virginia that has established a reputation for excellence in remodeling additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and basements and providing home services for homeowners. With a strong focus on community, Moss Building and Design encourages a hands-on approach to home improvement with an emphasis on education. Their ‘Girls Night Out’ HandyMOM101 events offer DIY workshops covering projects like tiling, power drills, caulking, and patching drywall.

Connect with them by visiting them online, or get social with them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Moss Building & Design can also be reached at (703) 961-7707.


Related Articles

Moss’ Inaugural Holiday Market for Families in Need

Learn more about how you make a big difference to a family this holiday season…

Affordable Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Exterior Without Breaking the Bank

The holidays tend to make you think twice about what others might see when they visit your home…

Basement Remodel Inspiration for Families

Basements tend to be underutilized as an option to expand your home’s entertaining and living space, while also increasing your square footage and home’s value…

Constantly Running Attic Fan?

Attic fans are designed and installed to switch on (via a thermometer) when the temperature in a house reaches a certain point…

Preparing Your Home for Droppings Temps

Colder months see an increase of indoor fires, so, be aware and practice safety with your family…

Color Inspiration Courtesy of PANTONE!

Color choices are very personal, but we have some recommendations that are beautiful and timeless…