Friday, April 16, 2010

Two Ideas House Projects

The Bachman's Ideas House is filled with clever and practical uses for vintage objects - most that can be found easily and purchased for next to nothing. Here's a couple of my favorite projects.

In the upstairs bathroom, I repurposed two old wooden hangers as towel bars. By anchoring a scrap piece of dowel to the wall before the hanger was attached with 2 screws, I created a simple, yet sturdy place to hang a towel!



Notice that the metal "hook" on the hanger makes a great (and easy) place to quickly hang your towel - no excuse for wet towels on the floor! And the wooden form is a great place to add a washcloth or even a hand towel.



For the next project, I challenged my friend, Sara Smith (you may remember her from Flea Market Style magazine) to create a side table with stacks of old coverless Reader's Digest Condensed Books. This project proved to be a bit tricky because it was really important to create a stable base - out of of books, no less!



Sara was able to drill through the center of the books (individually), insert a threaded metal rod and attach it to a wood base with nuts. At the top she added another thin piece of wood for extra stability and topped it with the 4 volumes you see through the glass top. You can see the washer/nut combination under the glass which I think gives it sort of an industrial look. (Clear rubber surface protectors placed on top of the nuts keep the glass from sliding.)



I am off to Florida for the next week to check in with my parents and fam, the bunk house and do some horse back riding....and maybe even a bit of junking.

Cheers!
Ki

23 comments:

Margo said...

both great ideas, and "why didn't I think of that" for the hangers. Great re-purpose, Guess I've got a new project now.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Margo

janet said...

Genius on the wooden hanger for the bathroom..

Elyse said...

supercool projects!

happy visitin' & junkin'!

xo
elyse

Chickens in the Basement said...

Love the wood hanger towel rack! You are such a smart girl!
Anna

paisley penguin said...

Brilliant! Love the hooks made from hangers!

Kudzu said...

great idea...and i have some hangers like that from the 50's and '60s from the local mens stores :D i should pair them up with the wooden shoe stretcher things for a mans bathroom or office :D
kudzu

A Cottage Muse said...

Great ideas...enjoy your Florida time ~ hope you have great weather!

Lumo said...

Fun, creative ideas, thanks for sharing.

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

LOVE these ideas! what fun projects. Thanks!
Shannon
www.cascobaysoap.blogspot.com

Linda said...

I really enjoyed my visit to the Bachman's Ideas House- SO fun and wonderful inspiration- loved the hanger idea!

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Jill said...

Great ideas (of course!). I hope you have a great week and some relaxation time!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I love that hanger idea! It's so clever and cute!

Jennifer said...

the hanger are a great idea! Jennifer jennsthreegraces

Prior said...

LOVE the hangers, so simple, yet brilliant! Lezlee

Glenda said...

The hangers are a stroke of genius...just too marvelous, too marvelous for words.
Enjoy your blog and all your work..
glenda

beth said...

Wow..I heard about those hangers from Margo. Out of sight !!!!!

Rosie said...

YOU are the clever-est!(is that a word?)
rosie

Love Where You LIve said...

Ok...people like you frustrate me just a little bit 'cause I wanna be just like you!!! And I'm not sure I got what it takes. Wonderful, inspirational ideas. Can I follow in your footsteps, I still wonder?! I might try.... Love the upside down hangers and table. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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Ginger said...

Very cool idea loved it to cute for towels hangers.
You have inspired me.
hugs have a wonderful day!

VERBENA.... NESTED TREASURES said...

what a clever idea... who would ever think of that but you! Maybe I should turn other things upside down...like my house.. it needs a a redo!~

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