I am really cheap when it comes to decorating. Sometimes it has been out of sheer necessity and sometimes it has been because parting with money has never been easy for me. Decorating can be such a budget buster, but I have been determined to create a warm, happy home without breaking the bank. One of my tricks for doing this is to repurpose and use what I have and I've always taken it as a challenge. We've had some very lean years in our marriage and I've learned to become ultra resourceful in the decorating department. When I stand in a room, deeply lost in thought, hand on my hip, looking around, my husband has learned to brace himself!
Several years ago I felt like my daughter needed a little "something, something" on her walls. She had a lot of blank space and many items that needed hanging. So the creative juices started flowing and *tada* - this is what we ended up with!
Let me tell you how I got here:
- I love to collect items that look like they could take on a new and better life. I am so inspired by transformation! Every once in a while, when I feel my creative itch needs to be scratched, I will wander over to the FREE ITEMS section of Craigslist to see what catches my eye. On that one particular day I saw a location nearby was emptying out a warehouse and giving away free furniture! Yay.
- Once I arrived at the location, there were plenty of items that caught my eye - two things in particular I was determined to take home - bedframes. We live in a townhouse with no garage - oh boy, I'd be dangerous with garage storage!
- One bedframe was made into a beautiful porch swing with the help of an amazing carpenter friend which I will tell you about later. The other headboard became the piece you see above.
- This piece started as a headboard for a child's bed and only measures approximately 3' across and 1.5' high after I had my husband cut the legs so that they were nearly even with the board that ran across the bottom.
- I then lightly sanded the existing paint with a sanding block, just enough to smooth any scuffs and help the new paint to adhere.
- I then applied 3 coats of Krylon Colormaster Watermelon Gloss Spray Paint, allowing it to dry 30 minutes between coats.
- I had my husband attach 2 D-Rings to the back for hanging (he just happened to have a few in his toolbox).
- I knew I wanted my daughter to be able to hang things on this, but it was a time where I couldn't even allow myself to spend the $3-4 a hook necessary to create the idea I was envisioning. After thinking through my resources, I realized I had the perfect items to repurpose - antique spoons!
- I had these spoons left over from a DIY Christmas gift project the year before - I had purchased them for $0.50 each at the thrift store!
- I was able to bend the spoons into a hook shape, applied E-6000 glue to the handle and clamped each one in place to dry.
- I was hoping to use this as a place for my daughter to hang her dress-ups, sweatshirts and sweaters but the metal in the spoons was too soft for daily use and would bend under too much weight - so in the end it became a fun spot to hold all of her hair accessories!
Here's the breakdown:
- Headboard - FREE
- Sand paper (already had) - FREE
- Spray Paint - $3.50
- D-Rings (2) - $3.00
- Antique Spoons (5) - $2.50
So there you have it! A decorative hanger - for under $10.