reading corner. Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock

Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock (CICO Books)
Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock (CICO Books)

On the lookout for inspiration for my next home crafting venture, I came across this book by Ellie Laycock, founder of homewares company Hunted and Stuffed.

With clear instructions and gorgeous photos it features 35 clever projects to re-purpose items you may find at jumble sales, markets or second-hand shops into personal treasures for your own home. The Ladder Back Chair Towel Rail, Soap Dispenser Jars and Russian Doll Light Pull are particularly ingenious.

So, I think I’m pretty much set for the next 35 weekends.


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!