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?
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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