Thursday, January 29, 2015

What Can I Make with 5 Hooks?

My latest DIY project was inspired by an unexpected gift.

These wrought iron hooks, numbered "one" to "five", were a surprise from my friend, Mary Elizabeth. She had purchased a set at Home Depot for her craft room re-do and knew how much I liked them. (Hearing me scream, "OMG, I love these!" when I walked into her craft room over the weekend may have given her the hint!).  So, being the thoughtful friend she is, she went back another day and got a set for me!

I decided that I wanted to mount the hooks on a board rather than directly into my craft room wall. So, after checking the ReStore, it was off to Goodwill, where I found this sign marked down to practically nothing now that Christmas is over. The size was right so I grabbed it.

You should have seen the look DH gave me when I dragged my junk supplies into the house. After 26 years, I'm sure he could tell I was deep into another DIY project and that there would be no point in even attempting to interrupt me until it was done. (I could still hear his laughter, though, as I stealthily carried the "Happy Holidays" sign up the stairs to my craft room.)

I turned my vertical sign horizontally and erased all memories of Christmas-past by applying three coats of acrylic paint in "Ivory". I sanded it for a distressed finish and sprayed it with a light coat of Krylon Matte Finish to protect it and add a low-gloss sheen.

The hooks were screwed to the board . . .

And "teeth" added to the back for hanging.

Then, all that was left to do was hang it over my sewing machine.

I'll use it to hang my good sewing scissors  (not to be confused with the many pairs of dull scissors I seem to have collected over the years)  . . .

and whatever else is cluttering my sewing table at the moment.

There are lots of memories in just this little corner of my craft room. The "Sugar" jar is from an antique mall in Brunswick, Maine where DH and I once had a booth. The tin stencil of the letter "U" was purchased in Connecticut many years ago when my girlfriend, Barbara, and I were newlyweds and would go antiquing on very limited budgets.

   I can't wait to show the finished project to my friend . . .
or maybe I just did!


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  1. Cheryl, I can lots of us heading to Home Depot for these hooks. So cute and I love them on the board. Great job!

  2. No just handy but metal and cute. Win. Love the way you hung your hooks behind your sewing machine.

  3. Well I just love those numbers Cheryl! They are really cute and you were smart to buy that wood sign and see a new life for it. It looks great! The numbers would be cute to hang kids coats or book bags on too. :)

  4. I would scream too - love those number hooks. I am heading over the Home Depot online right now to see if I can find them.

  5. I like that; the idea of re-puporsing an ugly into a useful. And what a nice friend! And the sharpie note on the scissors cracks me up 'cause I have done the same thing. Your sewing room is about like mine - simple and sweet, gets the job done.

  6. Cheryl,
    Hello, old friend!!!
    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but it seems like there is never enough time in the day!!
    I will now be following you!!
    LOVE this idea and I love those hooks!!! Great project!!
    When, I have more time, I will be back to visit a bit more.....


  7. I need a friend like yours. Wonderful project.

  8. Lucky you. I think I need a trip to the hardware store. I'm your newest follower after finding you via blog hopping.


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