Tuesday, July 19, 2011

D.I.Y Hook Rails

I'm one of those types that sees something and says, "I can do that!" I love D.I.Y projects. In most cases you spend less money, and you get exactly what you want. We're in the age of the internet, literally everything is a few clicks of the mouse away. Do a search on the internet for almost any project your interested in and there's bound to be a tutorial. It's great!

I've gone to quite a few craft fairs, and over and over I see what I will call, hook boards. You know those boards that are mounted in your entry way with hooks on them for keys, hats, scarves, coats, etc. Usually, I see them made from reclaimed barn wood or old doors, and a few made from old windows which are actually pretty neat. The price for these usually is somewhere around $50. Now, I know not all of you are eager to start your own project. But, for those of you who are willing to give it a try, we've got some pretty cool hooks to make your own.

Here's a couple examples of different hook boards that I found online. Man, Google is an amazing tool! First up is a beachy, kind of shabby chic look. I like that the artist made a spot for a mason jar that you can use as a vase.

Whitewashed coat rack

(Photo Courtesy Old New Again)

This one is really cool. I'm a sucker for antiquey stuff that's been re-purposed. Bonus, this one is a tutorial. *Just click the photo.

Yardstick coat rack

(Photo Courtesy My Salvaged Treasures)

In my opinion, I saved the best for last. Obviously, this doesn't fit into all decor but it's so stinkin fun! Again, another tutorial. *Just click the photo.

Artsy coat rack

(Photo Courtesy Amanda Blake Soule of SouleMama)

Are you inspired yet?
All you need is a piece of wood, some decorative moulding, a window, old yard sticks, you can pretty much use anything with a little creativity. Some tools, and of course hooks! (Which is where I come in.)

The first example above used something like this:
Ives wardrobe hook

The second example used a mix of old and new and various styles. I think something like these, would look good:
Amerock wardrobe hook

The last example actually used cabinet knobs instead of hooks. Pretty clever.
Victorian Clear Knob

For those of you who aren't so crafty or just don't have the time. There's always a pre-made hook board by Amerock. Which, yes, they're not as artsy but they definitely serve the same purpose as the ones above, and they're quite reasonably priced.
Amerock hook rail

Have any projects that you used hardware in creative ways? Share them with me at: erica@spokanehardware.com

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