Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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. 

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  1. I love what you did with your driftwood. I had one at my older home, but it wasn't dressed up with the door knobs like yours.
    We don't find those old knobs around here much anymore. Sadly..
    Have a Happy New Year!

  2. I love old doorknobs! It's the gorgeous piece of driftwood that really gives this so much charm. Love it!

  3. Love your creativity! The doorknobs on driftwood is so clever and so pretty. I love the glass knobs with the wood. Looking forward to following your blog.

    Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

    Mary @

  4. This really is a fantastic coat hanger, Karen! It would work perfectly in my little cottage...where I'm always combining the rustic with the refined. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  5. coat hanger, rack, thingie . . .
    couldn"t be more charming!

  6. hi Karen...great look. Love the vintage knobs and am working with some now. This gives me an idea.
    Just joined and linked up with you.
    Blessings, Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Knick of Time Tuesday party last week! I'll be featuring you this week and there will be an "I Was Featured" button waiting there for you!

    Angie @ Knick of Time


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