I just moved in to a new house about two months ago and I couldn’t love it more! Except that all the walls are some variation of cream or tan. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the coziness of it, I’m just not a tan walls kind of girl. However I’m having an even harder time figuring out exactly what I do want all my walls to look like. We own now, so I can pretty much do whatever I want! Wallpaper, paint, stenciling, permanent accents, ahh there are just so many options! And with all the other rooms I am more excited to work on first I know it’s going to be a while before my entryway gets the makeover I want (whatever that is..). In the meantime we really needed some coat hooks. I hate coats being tossed on tables, chairs, doors and, inevitably, floors so this was a must-do project. I decided to make some simple wood hooks with a gem accent and I chose to just go with the ivory flow and feature some soft-colored geodes. If I’m going to have to live with tan walls, I love the cohesive monochromatic look. Any gem would be beautiful on the tip of these though (imagine some pyrite or amethyst!) and I love the look of the glamorous stone mixed with the raw wood.
– Wood dowels, cut down to about 3” lengths
– Hanger bolts (I used #8, 1 ½”)
– Screw anchors (use drill affixed with #8 drill bit
– Gems (I found my geodes at a natural history museum gift shop but they can be found online or even in arts and crafts sections at some big box stores)
– Gorilla glue
– Measuring tape
1. I used 7/8” wide dowels but you can use smaller or larger just depending on your gems/the look you want. Cut your dowel down to size. I just had the men at Home Depot do it for me before I left but these dowels are easy to even saw by hand.
2. Drill a hole in to one end of your dowel pieces, right in the middle.
3. Glue your gems onto the opposite end. I used gorilla glue and think it’s going to do an excellent job, even with coats being torn off the hooks constantly but use whatever you’re comfortable with. And if these hooks are pretty much just for decoration, don’t hesitate to just use a dab of hot glue. Leave to dry the appropriate amount of time.
4. Screw your hanger bolts into the hole you drilled before.
5. Locate where you want your holes to go and mark with pencil, use a level to make sure they are even.
6. Use a drill bit to drill your holes in the wall.
7. Hammer in your anchors. Again, you really only need these if your hooks will be used for hanging heavy or constantly moving things.
8. Screw in your hooks!
– Machelle (DIY Build Contributor)
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