The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out. ~Thomas Babington Macaulay
Check out my handmade yardstick coat hanger! I ran across this project idea in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and I instantly loved the look of it, so I set out to collect as many vintage yard-sticks as I could find. Ultimately, I was hoping to find them all from our local hometown businesses, as well as the small towns where my husband and I grew up, as that would be more sentimental. However, they were hard to find! I did find several at some consignment shops from far-away places, but they still had some unique and interesting “patina,” so I picked them up from $5.00 – $10.00. With help from my in-laws, I was able to get one from the Coast-to-Coast store in my husband’s small hometown in Eastern Montana, and of course, I found one in Grandma’s Attic! (I’m always giving thanks to my Grandma for her collecting spirit!) I found some antique black coat-hooks on E-Bay that came from an old school. I love the look of these, because you can see flecks of different colors of paint and a few chips here and there. We took a board and cut it just slightly larger than the layout of the rulers and painted it with several coats of black spray-paint. This way it peeks out just a little around the perimeter and “frames” it. The black also highlights the lettering on the yardsticks and the hooks as well. We have enough yardsticks to make another one, and we’re going to hang them side by side on the long wall in the entry-way at Camp More (the cabin). I think it’s going to add a lot of character to the room, not to mention, it will give us a place to hang our coats after we come back from snowshoeing!