Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Details Matter.... A New Hanger

See the sweet child's coat in the corner?  I swoon whenever I encounter vintage children's clothing!  Precious baby sweaters with their adorable tiny buttons... white nightgowns delicately embroidered with flowers... and outerwear, such as this cream colored wool felt coat.  Don't you just love the wide collar, edged with hand sewn trim,  and the sleeves with a turned up cuff? 

 I have it displayed, along with several other pieces of clothing from times gone by, on the wall in my studio.  A wall that is as old as the clothing itself.... they're plaster walls in this 1929 home of mine!  Love them dearly with all their imperfections but to hang something on them is not nearly as easy as it is with drywall. So, I have found a simple solution for lightweight objects.... removeable hooks! However, look a bit closer..... 
AWK!!!! So not loving that stark,white plastic hook!  Does not enhance, in the least, my little vignette. However, with a little bit of thought, and an itch to get creative, I found the perfect solution!  Let's get to work!!
 These are the hooks I prefer as I love the touch of metal and also, that they are moveable.  However, for this project I wanted to take away that metal edge and create a tonal look.  I decided I would need to paint this part.
I taped them to a wooden stir stick and suspended it between two cans of paint.  As they do move... ah-HA! the design serves a purpose!... I had the metal bit stick straight up.  Ready to spray paint them a soft cream color.
Voila!! Now to cover the white plastic base.  I chose to use book pages and gathered my supplies together.
Book, brush, soft gel medium or matt medium, and a bowl with water.  The reason for that is you need to soften the fibers of the paper so it becomes pliable when gluing it on.  Dip the paper in the water for a few seconds, take out and pat excess water off.  Apply glue to the base and lay the paper on top.  Get it into place and brush another light layer of glue on top.
This one is half-way completed. Again,with the hook being moveable, it becomes easier to work the other side.
Now they're done!  Have fun with embellishing their look. As you can see, I glued a single pearl on one.  What about buttons or a tiny flower?  I even chose to glue paper on the removable strips hanging down.  And now how does it look on the wall?  Here's the "before"....
And here's the "after".......
Just a subtle change but one that works so much better.  The eye sees the whole image, now, rather than gravitating to the stark white hanger first. Some days you just need to make the magic work!
       So excited!  I was featured at Shabilicious Friday!
                  Thank you so much, Kerryanne!!
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  1. Oh you clever clever girl! Soooooooo much better! LOVE THE COAT! And also the cute cigar box you sent Karen for her BDAY! Aren't you just the crafty one! HUGS!

  2. The details make such a difference! Lovely coat-- love vintage children's clothing as well. The embroidery on the collar is so nice.

  3. What a great idea! It looks so vintage now and perfect with that adorable vintage coat!

  4. PERFECT - ALL of it...from the coat to the hangers, clever girl...just perfect! Happy Thursday - Tanya

  5. Brilliant! I adore your embellished hooks. They certainly do look ever so much better for your vignettes of vintage treasures. Thank you for sharing your techniques. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  6. Great idea! The hook looks So much better. Thanks for sharing how to transform them.

  7. Kadee, that is the cutest idea...and I love the charming wood hanger and little coat, too!

  8. Love your ingenuity! Am a huge fan of vintage children's clothing too. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Great job! From your friend at little putty little paint blog.

  9. Hi Kadee, That's a very sweet child's coat and the hooks look great now. Such little details can make such a big difference.

  10. Hi Kadee, What a wonderful idea to give these hooks a new look. You are so creative and they turned out great. The darling coat is too special and looks so nice with the new hook. My home growing up had plaster walls and I remember how hard it was to hang things when my mother would decorate. However, they still are the most beautiful walls and so vintage. Your are blessed to have them.
    Thanks for sharing this project and your great steps and details.
    Have a happy Thursday.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  11. Awesome idea! And the child's coat, what a treasure!


  12. Very cool my friend....I may have to copy your idea! I love your collection for decor for your studio. Hugs! Teresa

  13. Brilliant! What a difference a little imagination does... It looks beautiful!!!

  14. Super cute Kadee!!! I love the extra little detail! It makes all the difference!!!
    Hope your weekend will be fabulous!!!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. I have avoided those hooks because they are so ugly. I would not mind spending a little time to make them look vintage.

  16. GREAT idea to decorate those hooks so they don't look like plastic! I love it!

  17. Very creative and very unique looking now! Love the vintage child's special!

  18. Fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing. Riki

  19. Kerryanne,
    just found you and have enjoyed browsing thru! Your are so talented! Your child's coat is adorable, such detail! What a clever way to solve an "ugly" problem! Have pinned it to my pintrest crafty board! I'm your newest follower, will be back often and would love for you to visit me.

  20. You are so brilliant, Kadee! What a great idea! Love the way those hooks turned out - and that little jacket is just adorable. :)

    xoxo laurie

  21. Thank you so much for visiting.. I loved your story about your Aunt and the mice.. I too love Stuart Little.. Your kind words are truly appreciated.
    Enjoy your weekend

  22. Great idea for your hook for your sweet vignette! Because as you say, it's all about the details and I'm with you on that!! So happy you stopped by so I could find you. I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

  23. I love those changes to the little plastic hooks. Super clever. I love them.

  24. What a beautiful children's coat and the hooks look great. I have some pieces of childrens clothing lingering around in my dresser drawer. I don't know if they're vintage but they have the vintage look. I do have a little girls white sheer dress with little embroidery on a pink hanger on my closet door in the living room. I too love vintage kids clothing but haven't added to my collecton for years. I used to find them for nothing at yardsales but no more. take care, Darlene

  25. Oh, stop. This is the cutest thing EVER. Love it!! Thanks for the idea

  26. Good work, I knew when I saw that white YOU were going to change it!
    I am so happy to find a detail FREAK like children think I am crazy.
    Well, I am but that is NOT the point...details make me happy, what can I say..
    Hearts to you,

  27. Completely cute and so much better! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a great week!