DIY Hook Rack:
Aren’t those whale hooks cute!! I got one as a gift and then I happened to find two more at Hobby Lobby of all places. I knew once I had a set of three that I should make a hook rack for somewhere in the house. I finally settled on the guest bedroom where it should get plenty of use.
wood piece | spray paint | tape – blue painters tape and washi tape worked for me | craft or leftover interior paint | small paint brush | hooks | back mounting hardware |
I took yet another piece of leftover side yard gate fence wood and trimmed the edges up. I then sanded it down and cleaned it off. I stained it a mahogany color and then sanded it a bit to ‘distress’ it.
I then cleaned it off again and taped the different sections that I wanted to remain stained.
Make sure you prep your area for spray paint. Using an old moving box worked for me.
After spray painting, I filled in with leftover bedroom paint color for the other blue stripe.
Once the paint was dry I coated it in a clear sealing spray paint.
I measured where I wanted the hooks to go and added the screws to mount them. I also added hardware to the back to hang it up.
Its now on display in the guest bedroom! I know for sure I’ll get some use over the next could of months.
So this chandelier was here when we moved in, but you can find it at Home Depot. It’s really nothing special, they call it a bronzy color at the Home Depot, its really just brown. I did a little online window shopping to see what was out there and didn’t want to pay a couple hundred dollars for a new chandelier when I could spend $4 on Amazon on a can of spray paint to change the appearance of this one.
How to transform an old chandelier
With the help of my dad, we removed the chandelier, pulled the wiring through the chain and I cleaned it with some isopropyl alcohol. I washed the shades with soap and water.
The next step is to tape it really well since you’ll be spray painting it. Tape both the sockets for the light bulbs and the wires.
Find an well ventilated area, thats protected from the elements. I was able to use my shed. Use light short bursts of paint to start covering the chandelier. Don’t worry if its not all coated at once. Plan on multiple coats.
Touch up and dry:
We strung up the chandelier in the shed to allow to dry and reach the more challenging places to paint.
Once the paint was really dry (give it a day or two if you can), we fed the wires back through the chain and re-hung it.
It’s a little difficult to tell that its navy when the lights are one, but its considerably better than that brown color. It will look even better when I paint the walls a nice driftwood gray!