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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Make an old table leaf SHINE! Luv Gorilla Glue!

My ordinary run of the mill set of coat hooks by my front door decided to fall down for my poor mother while I was away on vaca :(
I quickly reassured her that they were halfway falling out anyway, they were in the house when we moved in and had not been hung in the studs.

Needless to say, I'm sick, sick, sick of coats ending up on the floor!
I am also sick of the extra table leaf that boy #2 decided to set on the steps going into the garage, I trip on it every time I go out there!~ I suppose I could just move it :)
No, on second thought, I tripped over it one too many times, so now it's being sentenced to a lifetime of holding coats.
(Maybe I should be making boy #2 hold the coats since he's the one that left it there:)

The table leaf started out black and belonged to a table that I had painted a large flower on. The flower would have looked silly spread in half with the leaf in the table so the leaf has just been hanging around.
So I started by brushing 3 light coats of aqua on the leaf, leaving just a little black showing through.
Then, I printed some words on the computer and traced them onto freezer paper and cut them out.
The freezer paper can be VERY lightly ironed on to the board to be used as a stencil. (I say very lightly because too much heat could ruin the paint.)

I also taped a piece of twine about 6 inches down the board on each side as a straight edge to make sure the words were lined up straight.
I lightly brushed a creamy tan over the letters and let it dry.
Next you move the stencil up and over a little and then brush some black on the stencil.
This will create a shadow effect.

I also did the same shadow effect in a line all the way around about 1 1/2 inches in from the edge.

  No coat hooks to be found around here today, but guess what I did find?

Yep! some extra shower curtain rings.

Enter: the fabulous and wonderful Gorilla Glue that sticks to anything and WILL. NOT. come. off!

I suppose you could get a drill bit that goes through metal to screw on my backwards shower curtain rings but I'm lazy!
 I'm just gonna put a spot of gorilla glue on each cuz I KNOW it will hold.

I am then gonna add some buttons, that I covered in burlap, to the round section of the hooks. ( A little hot glue works for the buttons)

And I am done. Couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Just one small problem here,

How do I convince the hubby to hang it?

I know I'm gonna hear, can't tonite, forgot my tools at the shop.

So, I'll just dream that it is up on the wall until one day I get so bugged that I start hanging it myself.  

I'll make sure hubs will come along so he can say his usual, give it here. I'll do it, you aren't getting it in the studs! (cuz that's the way we work:)

~And of course I will act like I was doing fine and pretend that I was gonna do it by myself all along ;)

~Shhh! We are NOT going to tell hubs that I used Gorilla Glue for the hooks, he would go through the roof!
Even though I could probably hang all my weight on them and they still would not fall off- he's a do it right or don't do it at all kinda guy :)
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  1. So cute!

    I've nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award! Come on over to accept your award :)


  3. What a great idea! Right now we are stacking coats on the back of the dining room chairs (ack!) because they're always too wet to put back in the closet. This would be the perfect solution.

  4. That turned out great! How satisfying it must be to create something useful that can be used around the house... :)

    Tnx so much for linking this up at my party! :D

  5. Oh, so pretty!
    I like the color and the good manners!
    Oh, and I love those little hooks.
    I grabbed your button,I didn't know you had one, is this new?

  6. That is VERY COOL. I need one of those around. At the very least, something similar to replace the key rack by the door that has been in the same spot, no lie, for the last 50-60 years. And looks it. Argh. :p

  7. Love love love this! So unique....

    Take care,

  8. So pretty! Very close to the one I made for my own bathroom. LOVE hooks for coats!

    Now girl... there's no reason you can't hang it up! Maybe your hubby will 'remember' those tools if you offer to do the work. ;)


  9. Wow this is awesome! It's so elegant and I just adore the hooks you used.

    Get you drill and hang that bad boy up! Who needs a husband?! (I kid I kid)

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!

    Hannah @

  10. Very cute! You did an excellent job on this piece! So smart to use a table leaf that you had laying around! Way to put it to good use!

  11. Wow! This is beautiful! I've been trying to come up with a coat rack idea and...this. is. it! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see what great things you come up with!!

  12. That is really cute! I didn't know the freezer paper trick - so thanks!

  13. Hello! I found you through Make It 4 Monday!

    I am so loving this project. I've seen people make coat racks before, but I love the hooks you used, and the words you put on it are so charming and just MAKE it!! Love it!

    I'm following you!

    Come visit!


  14. That is fabulous! I love your hooks! Great job!

  15. Great use of both a table leaf and gorilla glue! I agree with Donna, get your drill and hang it up yourself. If you can make that cute coat rack, you can do anything you want!
    Followed your link from MIFM at Cottage Instincts.

  16. Sexy Nerd just made us a hanger with hooks last weekend, but I'm going to bookmark this cute project anyway. Really, can't you always use more space to hang things? :)

  17. Wow, I love your blog! This project is darling, I love that you recycled the table leaf to make such a great coat rack. Does Gorilla Glue really hold up that well? Amazing? Good luck trying to get your hubs to hang up his coat, mine just throws his on a chair when he gets home. I always remind him that we don't live in a frat house, we are grown ups with hangers and closets. Ha!

  18. Totally cute idea. It came out beautifully and I especially love that you did all the cutting out for your stencil by hand. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Love this. Thanks for sharing info on freezer paper. I've got some for stencilling, but haven't been game yet. Nice.

    Lisa x

  20. I would never have thought to use bath hooks but they look great!

  21. I really am in love with this. The buttons are such a nice touch! Following you for sure!

  22. This is perfect. I love it. So creative. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. I love what you did. The colors are perfect and I love the writing you used.

    Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment on my blog, I do appreciate it!

  24. Very clever! I love transformation projects!!!! Those hooks go perfectly with the font and vibe of your coay rack!

  25. This is amazing and very creative! I love the quote above! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

  26. The burlap buttons made this project really special. Love it all, but especially those buttons!


  27. Love that you repurposed the table leaf and shower curtain hooks and came up with something so darling! Gorilla glue instead of screws...something I do often.

  28. Very sweet! I've never tried ironing freezer paper on painted wood... It expands things! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  29. It's so beautiful in every detail! I agree with Allie above, the use of freezer paper for stenciling on wood is a stroke of brilliance! I'm excited imagining the possibilities! Thank you so much for sharing your post on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

  30. Finally, you've come up with a way to reuse shower hooks...I'm always stashing them because they are so cute!!! Now I'll go dig all of mine out!!!

  31. This is charming and elegant and just a perfectly welcoming site for a coat! Such a great project.
    504 Main

  32. So clever and so pretty! I love every detail! Beautiful job! :)


  33. What a lovely coat rack! It is really fabulous and I'm very impressed.

    Found you today at The Lettered Cottage's linky glad to meet you :O)

  34. Adorable!!! Love it! I came over from Sally Lee's tweet!
    All Things Heart and Home
    (If you have a minute come over and link up at my All Things Inspired tomorrow!xo)

  35. I love this. The buttons on the hooks are the perfect addition. Great job

  36. Love it! Shower hooks, would never have thought of that. Love gorilla glue!!!

  37. that looks beautiful! and i hope it solves the problem of coats on the floor!
    also, you may want to glue some screwheads to the backside or your husband might wonder how those hooks are attached. ;) god bless gorilla glue!

  38. I'll be featuring this brilliant project on Wednesday's All Things Inspired!