Saturday, October 17, 2009
More Old Door Knobs and a How To!
Since I had an entire box of old door knobs, I came up with some more uses for them. Besides the way cool book bag holders, I made an art project display with the old door knobs. We have this really long wall in our hallway and I needed to do something with it. So, I decided I would use it for some of my Cowpoke's beautiful art work. I wanted to have four knobs and have three places to hang art work but Mr. Cowboy said the studs weren't measuring out right. He insisted on having the knobs in a stud. Because you know how heavy art work can be........Anyway, here is what you will need! You will need one old door knob and a double sided screw. Now, if your old door knobs have screws still in them then you will need to take them out. Like so! You will need a power tool to do this. I am not sure what Mr. Cowboy used to get the screw out of the door knob, but he did it. You will then need some extra sexy red and pink heart shaped pj pants and a power tool. This is where Mr. Cowboy said, "Stop taking pictures of me in my pj pants! You call me Mr. Cowboy and here I am wearing heart pj's. " I told him not to worry because he was using manly power tools. The manly power tools and the scary death grip on the door knob defiantly over rules the heart pj pants. This is the tool he used for that. He used a tap to make the rivets inside the door knob the same as the double sided screw. And then there you have it, new screws inside the old door knobs! If any of that made sense. I am not very good at explaining things that I really don't understand myself. After all the screws are in the old door knobs you then can find a place to put them! Measure, measure, measure! Mr. Cowboy is a perfectionist so he measures and marks everything out. Me, not so much, I eyeball everything. If I think it looks good, I go with it. More measuring. Mr. Cowboy had to get the height correct. And I had to get a full shot of those pj pants! It probably would help if we didn't do these art projects at 10 o'clock at night. The pre-drill the holes. It makes it a little easier to put the knobs in. Then take your knobs and push and twist them into the wall. (Yes Cowpokette is still up at 10 pm, it was a bad night!) It was pretty hard to get them into the stud. Mr. Cowboy had to use his muscles. While he is doing that I took a picture of my other project I did a long time ago and never took a picture of. My pant hanger picture holders! I love them, and you can get a wonderful step by step over at my sister's blog, Amanda Creates! Her frames are way cute! Anyway, after all the door knobs are pushed and twisted into the wall, then you can drape some rope around the knobs for a "clothes line" effect. I used clothes pins to hang the Cowpokes' art work from the rope. Now their art projects are no longer on the fridge and now on display in the hallway. They love it and get so excited to hang up their projects to show everyone. So much fun with old door knobs!!