Monday, January 19, 2015

Crystal Knob Rack

So... what can you do with a piece of wood measuring 45 inches by 3 1/2? Well, if it's 1 inch thick, you can use it to make the cutest wall rack. But instead of using hooks, use drawer knobs!


Here's how the idea got started. I needed a place to photograph kids aprons. Now, most of you know that my girls have been modeling them, but they can't model toddler aprons, right? All I could picture was a gorgeous crystal knob rack used to display those mini aprons I love to make. And after searching in stores and online, I realized they are not very easy to find. Soo...... "oooohhh hubby.... can you drill a few holes in this piece of oak wood I found in the barn?"  Of course he did it in a heart beat & he even sanded it down too! The holes were positioned like this: I did the two outer ones first, then measured to the center in between those. And again, the middle of the center and outer one. Got it? I took some regular creamy white wall paint I had left over and used it to 'white wash' the wood. I dipped a sponge in water and then in the paint. After 3 coats of 'washing', it was complete. Home Depot provided the gorgeous knobs at 4.98 a piece with the back mounts only costing 1.98 a pair. Just make sure you position the wall mounts before the knobs. (They'll be in the way when you're hammering.)

Not too bad for a diy project. And.... for those wondering how I was able to hook the rack to be parallel against the wall since the mounts probably make it stick out a bit...... I grabbed an eraser head off of a pencil and used it to prop the lower side out so that it looks flat. That way, no marks are left against the wall and nothing looks crooked.

You can see the eraser on the bottom of rack in this picture. It's in between the 3rd and 4th apron.

Now, these lovely aprons will be making their way to the Etsy shop in no time!

Happy Trails to diy projects!

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