Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Repurposed Yardsticks

A few of the gazillion things I always have on my "focus list" when I'm out junking are vintage yardsticks, rulers, and old hooks.   I usually wait until I have enough yardsticks to put together at least four of these boards, but I felt a surge of inspiration after reading the latest issue of Flea Market Style.

I used inexpensive 3 1/2 wide lumber as a base, rounded off the cut edges with some coarse sandpaper,  and applied a light stain to take away the stark new look of the lumber.  The smaller end pieces were cut first, then the larger pieces to fit in between.  I applied wood glue to the board and set all the pieces in place.  A few small finishing nails on the larger pieces was all it took to hold everything together. 

I gave these old hooks several coats of matte acrylic sealer before attaching them to the boards.  After drilling the holes and adding the hooks, I attached two sawtooth hangers to the back of each board.

I had about one minute to get these pictures before the sky opened up and soaked everything.  I wanted to hang them inside, but it was just too dark.  It was a shoot and run afternoon.


Remember Woolworth's?  Whittier Hardware carried hardware, glass, plumbing, heating, and all kinds of utensils for the housewife.  How convenient and thoughtful.  But, you could "Save more at your Rasco store."

You can click here to see more of my yardstick hook boards from an earlier post.

I'm linking up my repurposed yardsticks with:
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday, and
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can




45 comments:

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

hi betsy !!! I love, love, love all your creations ! we think so much along the same lines. I make hinge necklaces too and the cute chalkboard pricing signs as well.

Your an inspiration

Blessings ...Sara

Susan said...

It ceases to amaze me how creative you are!

Susan said...

I meant to say it never ceases to amaze me LOL

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Love, LOVE these coat racks!!! I, too, am always looking for those old hooks...I've not been very lucky lately!!!

Delightblog.blog said...

Your creations inspire me! I love old yardsticks and rulers. One of my favorite childhood memories is going into town with my grandmother once a week
and stopping at Woolworth's. They had those huge ceiling fans and she would always buy me candy!
Linda

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

wowie what a great idea!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I do like these - great idea! Yes - I do remember Woolworth's. It was a place where 5, 10 or 25 cents went a long way for a child.
Thanks for the memory jolt. :-D

poindextr said...

what a fabulous idea! Those are perfectly wonderful. Makes me wonder what became of the yardsticks & rulers in my own childhood home. I remember them well! So comforting too - makes me smile :) Great work!

gail said...

what a great idea, i love it

A Cottage Muse said...

Great idea! You are so talented!!

Linda said...

These look wonderful...just love them!

Bohemian said...

Betsy you have some of the greatest ideas! Thanks for stopping by my Green Post... yes, dontcha just Love Jadite... I remember when they used to give it away at gas stations when you filled up with gas! *winks* Wish I had all the pieces my folks got rid of *le sigh*, who knew it would become highly sought after?! Glad I gleaned all my pieces before it became a prized collectible.

Happy Spring... Dawn... The Bohemian

Sarah said...

What a great idea. I'm going to start looking for vintage yard sticks. ~ Sarah

Margo said...

You are very good at making these!!

pamq said...

Of course I remember Woolworth's!

The soda fountain..........

Anyway.

What a cool idea!

Love the one on your previous post that said Piggly Wiggly! I grew up two blocks from one of those.........

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

Too funny! I am already a follower, but happened on this post through the Wow Us Wednesdays hop.....I love this!!!!!! Now I just need some yard sticks that are previously loved!

mo said...

There you go again Betsy! Full of surprises. I see you are gaining many followers, I knew you would. You are an original and people love originals.

You truely inspire.

*hugs*

mo

Michelle L. said...

So nifty! Thanks for the how-to on these GORGEOUSLY COOL hooky thingies! Love 'em!

MeMeSue said...

WoW...what a wonderful idea! I'm your newest follower...can't wait to dig around in your blog!

Jen said...

What a great idea! I love this.

By the Bluegrass said...

I simply adore this!
xo,
Sena

bikim said...

super beautiful!
thanks for sharing!
gorgeous photos!
happy night, :)
Rosa

Tammy said...

I was just looking in my newest magazine....they had some creations out of rulers/yard sticks...and had my juices flowing with ideas too. You did a great make with yours.
smiles...Tammy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great ideas with the yardsticks. Thanks for joining WUW.

Cindy Adkins said...

These are totally AMAZING!!! I love your project--you rock!
XO

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

wow, this is so awesome! so creative you are!!

Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

I.Love.This.

What a great idea!! Too super cute!!

Hugs ~~ Suz
www.inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

Jodie said...

Love this idea! So creative!

Warm Wishes,
Jodie

www.lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com

Rene said...

How very clever! Isn't it nice to find a way to keep that history around to remind us? Yes, I remember Woolworths - we have the famous one here in Greensboro. It is now a museum.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love it, too! Something else I need to start looking for! And thanks for the sweet comment you left today! I think I was seeking approval! heehee! ♥

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

These are sooo cute Betsy!! I love how they came out!! They would make fantastic teacher gifts too!! :) Are you planning on the spring Tattered Market this year?

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

This is a fabulous project! It's amazing that something so humble could look so fantastic. I'm a new follower looking forward to more of your wonderful ideas. I'd love for you to visit me at Brambly when you get a chance. Have a wonderful evening!

Ann-Marie

Lynda said...

My mother-in-law worked for Woolworth until it closed...then on to Woolco where she finally retired. She turns 80 in May. Love the yardstick treasures! Bravo!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I love this idea. You are very creative. ~~Sherry~~

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

Wow, these look fabulous! Nice job.
jana

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:) Yardsticks! BRILLIANT!

Hope to see you next Wednesday!

xoxokara

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

you KNOW I love a good repurpose! :)
looks super! I love those kind of hooks,
gail

Sherrie said...

Love these! So creative!

Coco loves vintage said...

What a fabulous idea, very unique :)

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Don't you just love that magazine, Betsy! It has become my new favorite - replacing Country Homes. I just wish it was a monthly publication!

Great job on your yardstick transformations. I collect vintage yardsticks, too. Thanks for linking your creativity to my party each week.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Full Circle Creations said...

Love 'em! Great job! I always try to grab those whenever I see them.

Laura said...

THat is seriously cool! I don't see many of these salvaged yard sticks, but I am on the hunt now. Thank you for the inspiration.

Susan Ball said...

I love this idea! I'm going to start buying yardsticks when I go to antique markets now. I hope you don't mind, but I included this in my blog post and linked back to your page.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your hook racks are just darling! I linked this to my yardsticks post too today, well done!

Faire Notions said...

Really like these hangers. I just scored a bunch of yard sticks from a recent estate sale. I think I'm going to give this a try. Thanks again for a marvelous idea.
Lisa