12.19.2011

Rustic Hardware & Faucet Coat Hanger

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Justin and I quite recently gave his living/dining room a makeover. After putting so much effort into such a small space, it quickly became apparent how important tidiness is. The simple act of dropping my coat and bag on a chair when I walked through the door was enough to somehow unbalance the beautiful room.

And thus, the need for a coat hanger was born.

After various discussions about purchasing a coat hanger (we were seriously considering purchasing deer antlers and painting them white or red to mount as hooks), some real, genuine, bona fide inspiration came my way. As I strolled down the aisles of Ace Hardware, a Boiler Drain (yes, you read that right) jumped out at me. Yes, it jumped. Out of the basket and into my hands (and heart, oh, the drama).

Thirty minutes, two sales associates, and 5 picture messages later, my arms were filled with two Boiler Trains, a piece of wood, and a Sink Faucet.

After deciding on our hardware, the good folks at Ace Hardware gave our wood a good drilling (and cutting, oh my). We walked out with these goodies...


Our first consideration was to make sure our "assemblage" strategy would work to secure the Boiler Drains to the wood.


To assemble the pieces in a way that solidly and dependably attaches the Boiler Drain 'hooks' to the wood, we needed a "nipple" that screws into the back of the Boiler Drains, goes through the hole drilled in the wood, and then screws into a pretty thick washer on the other end of the wood.







Once the Boiler Drain was attached, we simply screwed the center "faucet" into the wood. Because the threading on the faucet was on the outside (as opposed to the Boiler Drains, which were threaded on the inside), the initial hole in the wood was drilled to be just small enough so that we were able to hand-screw it in, creating threads in the wood as we pushed it through.


Because the wooden shelves lining Justin’s walls are a much darker wood than what Ace Hardware had on hand, the first order of business was to stain the wood to match (or at least pass for matching). We un-attached the Boiler Drains and faucet and stained the wood using an old can of cherry wood stain.





After staining the wood with an old brown washcloth, we left it to dry for a full day (which is quite an accomplishment for someone this impatient...).


Post-staining, we hand screwed the faucet back into the wood, silently praying the wood wouldn’t splinter any more than it already had. We then screwed nipples (yes, that’s actually the technical term) into each Boiler Drain and added the bolt on the back to secure them.



We're hanging it this week! Will keep you updated :)

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