creating your own C.O.A.T hanger

I mentioned in an earlier post that I bought some ceramic alphabet hooks from Oliver Bonas. I used these to make a vintage style coat hook rail for the hall.

I had an offcut of wood left over from a previous DIY project which I stained using 3 coats of Colron Jacobean Oak Wood Dye. It’s very easy to apply using a sponge and dries in no time.

Once that was done, I measured out an even spacing for my four hooks and then screwed them into the wood using the fittings provided. As the screws were longer than the thickness of the wood, I used washers – a top tip I discovered courtesy of Saw Dust Girl. This saved me having to saw off the ends of the screws or search my local DIY stores for shorter fittings, and added another individual look to my rail.

I then drilled two pilot holes at each end of the wood with a countersink, ready to then mount the rail onto the wall using a spirit level, hammer drill, appropriate rawlplugs and screws. Much easier to drill four holes into the wall, than individually drilling the hooks into place.

Et voilà!



reading corner. A girl’s guide to decorating by Abigail Ahern

A Girl's Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern (Quadrille Publishing Ltd)
A Girl’s Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern (Quadrille Publishing Ltd)

Visiting Ham House in Surrey yesterday (more about that later) we popped into its second hand bookshop for a browse. My eyes alighted upon this tome by designer and stylist Abigail Ahern. Filled with page after page of creative ideas, top tips and advice, this book also features beautiful photos and step-by-step illustrations. Perfect for the ‘style-conscious girl’ attempting DIY projects on a budget. Finding this book was perfect timing for my Easter weekend. Now, where’s my hammer?

a small change can make a big difference

So often when you’re decorating a room you think about the big things – a new piece of furniture, the wallpaper, a new rug – but there are small and easy changes that can have a big impact. I love these painted ceramic door knobs from Knobbles and Bobbles which I’ve fitted to my bathroom door to give it a quirky, vintage look. I’m slowly working my way through the house swapping the standard brass fittings for different handles to create more character. For my lounge door, I have my eye on these beautiful doorknobs from Anthropologie, or this charming hand painted fitting from Black Country Metalworks.