hanging it up.

I really debated using that title for this post.  I didn’t want to give any of you a scare, thinking that I was giving up blogging.  Nope, so far I am hanging in there (bwa, ha, ha, ha).

This post is about actual hangers.  Although maybe I could give the title a double meaning.  I’m hanging up the Wednesday travel posts, and instead I’m going to try to feature a small decorating project every Wednesday.  Something that can be pulled together in an afternoon.  We’ll see how long I can keep it up.

So, as I said, today’s post is about actual hangers.  Vintage wooden advertisement hangers that is.

I pick these up whenever I see them at garage sales.  Sometimes if you dig through a box of plain wooden hangers you’ll find one or two with advertising on them.  I usually pay less than a dollar each.

Oddly enough, I rarely find hangers from local shops.  So far I just have one, and it’s not one of my favorites.

I decided to use a few of the hangers in the simplest way possible in my master bedroom.

First I printed out some of my favorite travel photos (oh, maybe there is a hint of a travel theme to this Wednesday post after all).  The top two photos on the wall are from Prague, the bottom photo is from Vienna.

Several years ago I had Photoshop on my computer and I had some great plug in’s.  When my computer crashed in 2014 I lost them and never took the time to reinstall them.  Now I can’t even remember the name of the plug in!  Ugh.  But the two Prague photos were altered using that plug in.  The Vienna photo was altered using a Picmonkey effect called Filmstock.

Isn’t that a gorgeous building?

I printed the photos on matte photo paper (I use Target’s Up & Up brand).

  Then I gathered up some vintage metal clips (another thing I like to grab whenever I see them at garage sales) and simply clipped the photos to the hangers.

Easy peasy.

I hung them on the wall between my windows and my closet.  They fit perfectly there and it seems apropos to have ‘hanger art’ next to the closet.

I wondered whether or not the photo paper would curl a bit in humidity, but they’ve been up for close to a month now and we’ve had plenty of rainy weather and so far, so good.

Down the road I can easily change up the photos on a whim, or if they start to look less than fresh.

So the next time you see some old advertisement hangers, consider nabbing them and creating a gallery of ‘hanger art’ yourself!

30 thoughts on “hanging it up.

  1. Clever Idea. I like it. You always amaze me with your creativity. I live on an island and have some very old (early 1900’s) pictures of our place. This is a very clever way to display them. I can always rotate the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome Monica. And how awesome, both that you live on an island and that you have 1900’s pictures of your place. I wish I had some old pics of our house!

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  2. I have a box of these that I found while cleaning out my parent’s home. I was planning on painting and distressing them to use in my closet. Now I’ll save a few to use like this. Thank you for sharing. Brilliant!!!

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  3. Such a cute idea! As I’ve always been told… it’s all in the details. These little touches are what sets a room to look complete! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next!

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  4. I collect these old hangers. I use them to hang my vintage clothing on. I do not find them often, but in my neck of the woods they sell for $7.00 each and more depending on the advertising. I used to see them at auctions, but rarely see them anymore! Cute idea Linda! Love your hangers, great advertising!
    Blessings

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    1. What a fun thing to collect! I think all of mine have come from garage sales, and usually they are just dumped in a pile with other wooden hangers. Lots of people don’t realize that they can be collectible or in demand. Of course, I go to a lot of sales, and have only found a handful of the hangers, so it’s not like they are a dime a dozen everywhere. But you never know when you might find one 😉

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  5. We can always count on you to come up with a new use for an old object we might otherwise discard. Love this idea. Would be so cute for Christmas. I did a link to your last post on the large cabinet as that same day I had just picked up a cabinet and couldn’t decide whether to paint it or not. Will be watching to see if yours stays wood.

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    1. I just checked out your post Sugar. Isn’t it funny how we were on the same wavelength with our cupboards! And what a great idea for the hangers, to use them at Christmas … maybe to display favorite cards. It might also be adorable to hang your stockings from some vintage hangers 🙂

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