Hi everyone! One of the benefits of being a crafty, DIY kind of gal and an antique dealer is that when a vintage or antique item doesn’t sell, sometimes I come up with a clever crafty plan to reuse said item in a fantastically wonderful new way. At least I hope it’s fantastically wonderful. [You’ll have to let me know what you think.] Not too long ago, I brought an old level home from my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center. It sat on one of my workbenches for a couple of days until I had a vision, well, not an actual vision, but a “sometimes I’m a crafty visionary” kind of vision. “Why not add some knobs to make it a fantastically wonderful hanging rack?” I thought to myself.
To me that fire engine red color and the soft, aged surface deserved to be on display. I didn’t want to sell it off for a dollar, stick it in a Goodwill donation box, or hide in storage for years.
I must feel brave today because I’m giving you an insiders look at a corner of my workroom–and this is the clean part!
I began the project by digging out some white ceramic knobs I had on hand. I pick them up at garage sales and thrift stores whenever I see them for a good price.
I spaced them evenly along the bottom of the level, drilled pilot holes and then screwed them in place. Notice my boo boo? While I measured twice, I learned that perhaps I should have measured thrice. The hole to the right of the knob was off by an inch–oops. I darkened the interior of the hole with some stain to give it and aged look, rather than the fresh wood look of a newly drilled hole. It’s not really noticeable in real life–lol.
I was limited in my placement because of the level windows and the oval indents. I had to place them along the bottom, rather than in the center, where they would have had a little more stability.
It held up nicely under the weight of this medium-sized bread board. I can envision kitchen utensils, pots and pans, umbrellas, or aprons hanging from it.
I attached two of these claw-type hangers on either side of the level and they support it well.
I’ve not found a home for it yet, so perhaps it will make its way up to my antiques booth.
I have a few more levels in various shades of red that may be getting a makeover soon(!).
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