Monday, March 26, 2012

Porch Project

Hey there!  Did everyone have a nice weekend?  Our weather was gorgeous so we worked on outside projects like pulling weeds and gardening.  I added some lavender to our herb garden and after pulling weeds, discovered that our asparagus is coming up!  This is our first year with asparagus, so we are very excited!  Especially my youngest!
It is in his garden bed along with strawberries that he picked out.

I've also started planning how I'm going to decorate our side porch this year.  I've ordered some fabrics, added a bistro table and worked on this super fun row of hooks, made from vintage faucets.  After seeing a similar version in a gardening catalog, I decided to make my own with things I already had.  The only thing I paid for was 4 cans of spray paint and a dowel rod.  Here's a peek at it on our side porch. 
I thought I'd post a tutorial for it in case anyone wanted to try making their own.  All you need is a few old faucet handles, spray paint, a piece of rustic wood, screws, rubber gaskets and a 5/8 inch dowel rod.
 You can find old faucet handles at flea markets, junk piles, or metal scrap yards.  Just give them a good scrub with a wire brush. 

First thing I did was get all my pieces spray painted.  The dowel I painted oil rubbed bronze, because that's what I had on hand.  Then I spray painted the faucet handles various colors.  After everything dried, I cut the dowel into five 4 inch pieces.
 I used a piece of reclaimed walnut for the back.  After sanding and sealing, I drilled 5 holes all the way through it, also with a 5/8 inch drill bit.
Next, I hammered the cut pieces of dowel rod into each hole, all the way through until flush with the back.
These are what the faucet handles will attach to.  Next, pre-drill a hold for your screw.
Then take your black rubber gasket and slide it over the dowel until it is securely at the base of the dowel.  These are purely for decorative purposes.
Take your completely dry faucet handle and thread a 1 1/2 inch screw and washer through the top.
Repeat with your remaining faucet handles.  I took a little spray paint and touched up each one of the screw heads so they better blended in with the faucet handle.  I also distressed the handles with sandpaper.
I love the letters on a couple of the handles.
I love the way it turned out.  It is the perfect thing to hold towels this summer that my kids use for swimming, instead of dropping them on the porch into a pile.
And my gardening tools will also look lovely there.  Then I can just grab them on my way out the door to work in the garden.
What do you think?  I love the little bit of cheerful color it adds to the side porch.  I attached it to the house with a couple of large screws.  I hope my instructions aren't confusing.  As always, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me!

Stay tuned for the rest of the porch update for Spring/Summer!


  1. What a great tutorial Diana and I love the way it turned out! I can't wait to see how you decorate your porch...I started working on our patio & deck last weekend but ran out of steam b/c there's so much to do. Maybe I'll get re-inspired after I see your porch!


  2. I just used faucet handles as dresser knobs in my son's dresser and love this use of them too!!!

    Locking this one away in the file for uses later when we buy our "someday home" near the lake and those fun boating days :)

    Very cute!

  3. The POP of color is so springy! Love the idea of using different colors. Hoping you have a lovely week and that you continue to enjoy your lovely days! Love to. You!

  4. Such a cute project! Love the little bit of color. Who says function can't b e cute, too!? ;o)


  5. What a brilliant idea.I love it.And all the bright colors too.I have been busy painting inside.I am finishing up so now I can get outside in my garden too.

  6. LOVE!! You are so handy. I've never even used a drill, lol.

  7. Love it! Love it! Love it! I'll be hunting for some old faucets. Everything you make is simply beautiful!

  8. I think it is very cool! Love the fun colours and the vintage tap handles.

  9. I have a few of those old faucet handles that I've been collecting for just such a project! Love the fun colors and it looks fab on the porch.

  10. I love it! You always have creative projects with vintage flair :) I have been behind on reading blogs, I am excited to catch up on yours now!!!

  11. I love the hooks. They are darling. The colors you chose, the shapes--just perfect.

  12. What a great the colors you painted the knobs! Great tutorial...may have to try this one myself! Thanks for sharing!

  13. What a great idea! I love using the different colors too. I don't have any woodworking tools but this is a super idea.

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  14. That is such a cute idea...I love the little pops of color too :o)

  15. This is so cute!! I'm going "picking" in a couple of weeks at an old barn by my grandmother's house. I'll keep an eye out for old faucet handles now!

  16. I love your projects... your home looks so inviting. Keep up the inspiration, and this one is such a great idea!

  17. This would be cute in a kids bathroom as well. I have 6 children & each would have their own knob to hang their towel on. Now I just wish we didn't live in an apartment so I could make one. I will keep the idea for when we do find a house. Thanks for the great idea!

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