Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Favorite Posts.....

I thought I would share a few of the favorite posts from 2011.....

I am still plugging away at my back porch, so today’s Tuesday tip is how to make a coat hanger, rack, thingie….lol
I started with an old piece of driftwood I found on the banks of the Spokane River (Washington) last fall.porch 008 Reminds me of a whale. See his little eye right in front of the knot hole. ;)
I wanted to use old door knobs for my hangers/hooks. I had several different ones and in order to attach them, I was able to find some bolts that would fit the handles. This was not an easy task as each handle was different. It was a lot of time, spent in the hardware nut and bolt isle. porch 033 Drill holes evenly spaced for each bolt, and (on the other side) I wanted a nice finish so I placed the plate cover (?) down over the bolt and screwed on the knob. Since I had four different ones, I varied the colors and styles.porch 005
I spray painted the plate covers in black so I would have a uniform look, as many were gold. I left the wood plain, sanded by the Spokane River. You could spray a clear coat of varnish on it, if you like.
porch 003 The hardest part of this project was finding a way to attach these knobs, in many cases, these old knobs have a set screw in the side, that you can tighten. When you are unable to find a bolt to match the threads on the knob, this set screw is invaluable. These original sizes are no longer available, so if you start with a handle that has a set screw, you are much better off. You could use epoxy but I am all about reusing and repurposing, so I didn’t want to do that. You will find ideas for doing these knobs all over the internet, I am sure. Feel free to email me, if you are having any trouble following any of this.


  1. I like how that turned out. Great job as usual. Wanna extend our deck in the back? lol

  2. Your back porch is looking so good!

    Your hat hanger turned out fabulous..... I love the different types of knobs and the drift wood is so pretty...

    Are you finished with your back porch or is it one of those rooms that never is finished???

  3. I LOVE it..my vision for the new house is modern western...believe it or not I think this would work!

  4. That is so perfect and so unique. I love it!

  5. Great project for those knobs I just got!

    Thanks for letting me know about it.


    barbara jean

  6. Karen, that is truly one of the most awesome coat racks I've ever seen! I love everything about it.

    I collect old doorknobs and use then in various ways, and your idea of using a weathered piece of driftwood is sooo cool!

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  7. That is a beautiful and unique piece. Thanks for the tips about using the doorknobs. Very nice!



  8. those are the best knobs ever! and the crisp polished gems next to the rustic piece of wood - whoohoo - well done!


  9. Very clever, and unique to say the least. Found you from Donna's blog party. I see you are somewhat new. FYI I am having a newbie party as we speak...come hop along, you will have fun!

  10. Oh my how I am swooning over your coat rack! Soooo awesome! The different handles are the perfect jewelry on that old wood. Nicely executed! May I just change the rules so everyone wins?!? I'm dyin' here.


  11. What a great coat rack. I hope I can find some drift wood just like it! I just found you from Funky Junk Interiors copy me challenge honerable mention. Congrats on that! There were sooooo many entries I only made it about half so far. Can't wait to see what else you have been up to.

    :) Michelle

  12. I'm popping over from Funky Junk Interiors too. I love your coat rack!!! It's just stunning. :)


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