Sunday, September 12, 2010

Decorative hook rack

I don't pretend for a minute that this is expert floral painting, but I like the way this turned out. I wanted to make a decorative hook rack to display a couple of infant christening dresses. This project cost me all of $1.76 for the two hooks - everything else, including all the paint, was on-hand. (It's not mounted to the wall yet - it's just leaning on my cabinet knobs to have its picture taken! LOL)

I started with a 1x3 and cut it to 18 inches in length, then sanded the surface and edges just a little. I was going to make it distressed white, but I didn't have enough white paint left. So, instead I sprayed the whole piece on all sides with a soft green.

I then used my acrylic paints to do the floral bits - I do NOT have the "composition gene" when it comes to this, so I just plopped them down wherever they seemed to be needed.

When the decorative paint was dry, I brushed the whole front with a layer of clear-drying matte Mod Podge (didn't have any spray sealer on hand), then screwed in the two hooks.

There are a few flaws/imperfections in the construction and materials as well as the paint job, but, I'm not complaining. Overall I really like it!

Now to get it mounted to the wall... I probably should have thought about that BEFORE screwing in the hooks! LOL *sigh* Just another day in paradise!

More soon!


  1. That is so very feminine and pretty! Perfect for the little dresses.

  2. You did a wonderful job, love the roses. Look forward to seeing the dresses hanging from the hooks.

    blessings, jilly
    visiting from cottage instincts

  3. I want to learn how to make flowers like that. I bought a book to teach me how. Your hook board came out so sweet. I'm looking forward to seeing it with the Christening gowns too. :)

    Katharine @ Kat's Almost Purrfect World

  4. Loving this!! It's just darling! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your sweet creations up at my link party each Friday! Hope to see you there!!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  5. Aww, thank you all for the kind words. Katharine, I painted using the "One Stroke" painting method by Donna Dewberry - there are lots of tutorial books and practice guides out there, it takes a little practice but is very rewarding! Terrell, I'll certainly be hopping over to your blog to sign up!

    I will be sharing a picture of the dresses this week, thanks for expressing interest in them!

  6. Great project! Thanks for digging this out of the archives and bringing it to the oldie's party!

  7. Nancy, thank you for visiting! I think that's a great idea for a link party!


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