Monday, June 13, 2011

Fun Garage Hooks

KoJo designs asked me to be a part of their "Gifts for Guys" series awhile back.  I was beyond excited when those great girls over @ KoJo asked me to be a part of it until I realized that it meant I actually had to come up with a cool guy gift. What? This made me nervous.  I can come up with a hundred girl gifts on the spot but I always struggle with guy gifts.

I thought now would be a great time to share this with you since Father's Day is this weekend.  What?  For any last minute gifters out there, here is an idea that just might work for ya...

I present you with The Handy and Manly Garage Hook System...

It all started with this bad boy. Do any of the men in your life own one of these? Mine did back in the day. I didn't want to tame his wild heart too much so I consented to the purchase of a motorcycle. Soon enough life took over and diapers became more important. He sold it and has wanted another one ever since.

I thought I would be a good wife and preserve his "glory days" for him by creating a hook system using the very license plate that graced the back of his precious bike.
I used these "tools" to get the job done. The license plate, a piece of pre-cut wood from a local craft store, screwdriver, screws, washers, black & white acrylic paint, weathered wood crackle medium, paint brush, and tacky glue.
I had been looking for a reason to try out the crackle finish on something. This was perfect. I was hoping for a look as rustic and manly as I could get.
I simply followed the directions just as they are written on the back of the bottle. I put a coat of black paint on my wood first. After it dried, I applied a coat of the weathered wood stuff. After that dried, I applied a thin coat of white paint.
After it dried, it looked like this. So easy and so fun.
Next I glued washers to the bottom two holes on the license plate simply for aesthetics.
I placed the license plate down where I wanted it and lined up four washers across the bottom where the hooks would be. I glued each washer in its place.
Then I inserted a screw into the center of each washer. I was going to use cute little hooks but in keeping with the manly theme, I chose basic screws instead.
I stopped screwing the four bottom ones right before they poked through the back. They were nice and sturdy and still had room for hanging things. I used 2-inch screws, but this will vary depending on the thickness of your wood.
And there it was all ready to be hung in the garage.
I unscrewed the two at the bottom of the license plate a bit and screwed them back into the wall in the garage.
Now my man can remember his first motorcycle each time he enters the house through the garage door.
He keeps a notebook with records of car maintenance as he does most of it himself so I got him a new one to hang from his little hook system. And I realize that most people don't hang their keys in a garage but you get the idea, right?
My man is all about function and practicality so he was pretty happy with his new hooks!
Thanks for stopping by Lemon Tree today!  Oh, and did you happen to notice the changes that are coming?  Yep.  We are going to start throwing a party once a month and we are inviting guest posters like YOU to contribute on Lemon Tree!  I am super excited.  

If you are interested, e-mail your project ideas and some information you want us to know about yourself to to apply.

I'll be at these parties this week!

Happy Tuesday!


melissa@once upon a {craft} time June 14, 2011 at 6:46 AM  

this is such a creative idea! we recently moved and our old indiana/iu license plates are sitting on a shelf in the garage...this would make them functional and so much more special! thanks for the great idea and the super tutorial!

Patrice June 14, 2011 at 6:49 AM  

I love this Tiffany! It looks great with the weathered wood board and screws. Melissa is right, such a creative idea!

TBonesMom June 14, 2011 at 7:43 AM  

I definitely like the look of the screws instead of cup hooks. Nicely done!

Rachel June 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

way creative! i love the easy weathered look too...and the screws. very nice. :)

kirstin & jordan June 15, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

oooh, what a great reminder of something I NEED to make for adam. love this, friend! :)

Sarah Jones June 20, 2011 at 2:19 PM  

the washers make all the difference, great idea!

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