Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hardware Decor And Update On My Project

Have you visited your local hardware store recently? When you do, have you spent time browsing the shelves? There is so much available that can be used for different projects, large and small, at reasonable prices. Your local hardware store is a wonderful resource for items that can be transformed into something beautiful that will enhance any space.

Here are some perfect examples of chic and decorative creations using such mostly functional items. The first two are courtesy of Martha Stewart Living.

Hardware Sconce via 

A novel idea!
Modern Wine Rack via

Yes, one would need a hacksaw for this one.

Here are some ideas I have pinned on Pinterest. The following three are highlighted in the book by Stephen Antonson and Kathleen Hackett (authors) entitled 'Home From The Hardware Store: Transform Everyday Materials Into Fabulous Home Furnishings.' Photography by Lesley Unruh.
These could be painted or not.

Pinned Image
Machine-Age Candlesticks via

Something fun for storage in a kids' space or mudroom.

Pinned Image
Chic Wall Storage via

Space-Age Table and Periscope Lamp via

I have been plugging away at my jewelry organizing/display piece which I posted about here and here.

Besides the hardware cloth and garden stakes, I also picked up some shower curtain rings, pin-on hooks and slip-in drapery hooks. I found some pretty metal chains which I knew I had to include in the design. These are typically sold by the foot for anywhere from 99 cents and up. I picked up 3 different designs in different gold finishes (matte, polished, embossed) and paid $2.14 per foot for the priciest chain.

Besides the paint and protective finish, these have been my purchases so far.

I have also sprayed the grid with a protective finish, Rust-Oleum's clear top coat.

And used Krylon Short Cuts metallic paint in Gold Leaf for the hardware. I love combining silver and gold to create a modern look and this is a perfect opportunity to do just that - gold hardware on a silver grid.

I wanted to soften the look of the piece - so much metal - and also cover the sharp edges. I looked through my fabric scraps and found some red flannel left over from a patchwork stadium blanket my kids had sewn for their father a couple of years ago. I cut strips of fabric and used Liquid Nails - my first time using this product -  to glue the fabric around the edges.

Then I proceeded to glue the chain (with the smallest links) to the inside of the frame. This is what part of it looked like.

It started to look good but not for long. Perhaps it was the wrong combination of materials but it would not adhere properly and started to look messy. I could not control the quantity of glue for each application. 

I was not happy so I have ripped the fabric off and the chain, too. I might make another attempt with some cobalt blue flannel I have, if I have enough, or else it is on to Plan B. It is worth another try and would save me having to  make another purchase.

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  1. Can't wait to see how it turns out! These are all great ideas! Loving that lamp!!!

  2. Those are some interesting ideas from hardware purchases. I always like to see how people use things they were not originally intended for, like the coffee table and the candlesticks. Hopefully your project will work out for you!

  3. I love the use of unexpected objects in unexpected spaces. Thanks for sharing fun ideas and inspiration!

  4. I love the industrial feel in a space! Great ideas to pin, and make!

  5. People are so creative! I really like the look of the brown tubes (?) on the wall. I'll have to check more into that and see what they were made out from. Good luck on the jewelry organizer...good job pushing past the set-backs. It can be so frustrating when a project doesn't go as originally planned.

  6. My mind goes crazy in the hardware store! Darn, I hate it when my projects don't go as planned - your idea is fabulous and I'm anxious to see it all beautifully organized!

  7. Good luck with the blue fabric...I hope it works for you. :) And what cute repurpose ideas, I love the fun mudroom round storage bins. So cute!

  8. I love all the great hardware store ideas, it's a great place to get inspired! Hopefully your having better luck with your jewelry organizer.

  9. Those hardware store projects are so cool! What a fun post!

  10. Lisa these are great ideas! I love our hardware store it's small but carries everything under the sun!


  11. Sometimes when you have an idea, you just have to try it out to see if it is going to work. I give you and A+ for effort :)

  12. I love the chic wall storage for kids! Great way to look at things in a different way! Cannot wait to see what you end up doing with your jewelry organizer!!!