Decorating with Hardware Store Finds

With a little ingenuity, even the most mundane and ordinary piece of hardware can become an architectural home accent or whimsical home accessory.

We decorated this den with Ace Hardware as our interior decorating source. Here are some of the tricks we used:

  • Stain or paint a 5' wooden ladder and convert it into an étagère/bookcase.
  • Use plywood in varying lengths for your shelves: 26”, 30”, 36”, and 48”. Stain to match the ladder. Your hardware store will be happy to pre-cut the wood for you.
  • Use a wood finial to top off the ladder.
  • Create inexpensive curtains with canvas drop cloths. Our drop cloths measured 9’x12’. Fold over 12” from the top to create the look of a valance. Staple gun or nail to the wall, creating pleats and folds as you go. Puddle the excess length on the floor.
  • Hot glue real fall leaves to look like they’re cascading down each curtain panel. Make sure to cover up any nail or staples peeking through.
  • Tie back curtains with chrome towel rings that cost less than $7.
  • Inexpensive seagrass welcome mats are tied together with string to create a great floor covering.
  • Paint and distress (rub off with steel wool) a galvanized tub and use it as a coffee table or ottoman.
  • New paint cans can double as planters.
  • Just for fun, we used brick trowels as candle bases and hose clamps as candleholders.
  • Line up mailboxes on a shelf and use them to store magazines, or a small throw.
  • Large caster wheels make great bookends.
  • A handyman tool belt can hold a TV remote or reading glasses.
  • A clothes drying rack can double as a magazine rack.
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