Now that we’re finished building, it’s been fun to get back into little DIY and decorating projects. I have been slowly working on decorating the girls bedroom, including upgrading their closet pulls with some glass knob handles. After I finished the closet pulls, my dad gave me another three sets of vintage glass doorknobs that he found in his garage. So I decided to make walls hooks using the glass knobs and reclaimed wood. My plan is to display some of the girls’ baby dresses that I couldn’t quite bring myself to part with.
Here are step by step instructions on how to make your own wall hooks using reclaimed lumber and vintage glass knobs.
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Step 1: Cut board
Step 1: Prepare the Wood
Step 3: Drill holes
Step 4: Finish the wood
Once the paint was dry, I did a quick wipe of Minwax finishing paste using a lint free rag to give it a super soft and smooth finish.
Step 5: Clean the knobs
My glass knobs were fairly old and dirty and the brass was very dull. I wanted to brighten them up but still preserve some of the original patina. First I tried ketchup to clean them because I read somewhere that it worked pretty well as a natural cleaner, but I couldn’t stand the smell. I don’t like ketchup unless it’s on my grilled cheese or kraft dinner. So then I coated them in some cooktop cleaner and used a scouring sponge to shine up the brass. I much preferred that smell over ketchup.
This is the before and after of the glass knobs from cleaning them. They’re not perfect, but they’re much shinier now.
Step 6: Attach the glass knobs to the wood
Step 6: Drill holes for hanging
Put monkey hooks in the wall, make sure they are level, and hang up your new creation!
I love how simple and clean the wood looks. I think the whitewash really makes the vintage glass knobs pop. It looks even better once I added some colorful dresses and pictures.