Kara and her husband make one amazing crafting team, and I’m excited to share two of their recent collaborations. First up is this charming coat rack and key holder made from old doorknobs. Kara’s husband Tim made it for her as way to keep track of her keys. I can’t get over how clever this is and attractive to boot. The mix of brass and warm wood makes the piece look quite luxurious, even though it cost them nothing to make! Great work, Kara and Tim! — Kate
Time: Less than 1 hour
Cost: Free! (all materials were on hand)
Basic Steps: Gather old doorknobs and dead bolts. Also, find a piece of reclaimed wood. My husband Tim used a piece from an old doorjamb because he thought it fit with the feel of the piece. (Habitat for Humanity is a great place to find old doorknobs and dead bolts!)
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CLICK HERE to see Kara and Tim’s rolling coffee table after the jump!
Kara and Tim’s second project is slightly larger but also employs the technique of adding hardware — in this case, rolling casters— to an old wood piece to make it infinitely more useful and interesting. Kara aged the piece beautifully, and the hand-painted numbers are a great little detail, adding more character to the piece. Great job again, Kara and Tim!
Time: Less than 2 hours
Basic Steps: I gathered my supplies: a glass jar, distilled white vinegar and a steel scrubber or steel wool. Then I placed the vinegar and steel in the jar and waited for 24 hours. I used the solution and stained the piece normally. (Note: the stain will go on clear and start to darken within a few minutes and continue darkening for about 15 minutes or so.) Then I painted numbers on the drawers. Lastly, I added casters to the bottom to give the piece more height and to give it a bit of an industrial feel. This particular stain looks different on different types of wood, so do a test run before committing! Our flat file was made from oak. — Kara