Who says cabinet knobs are only for cabinets?

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We are back from our fun filled family reunion. My parents really put a lot of work into it, and it was a blast! My maiden name is Knight, so they did a knight theme. We had a jousting tournament, sword fighting, catapults, bow & arrow practice, a dragon pinata, and even a hay bale castle. It was a ton of fun and I’m sure my boys will remember it for many years to come.

Now we are back to reality and I have a house full of dirty laundry, a bathroom that needs to be painted, and a refrigerator with no food. Plus I have to work off all the yummy treats that I consumed. Ah, the joys of returning from vacation.

Since my hubbie was home last night and we had a few minutes alone, I recruited him to help me with a project I’ve been trying to finish for a few weeks. The walls on both sides of my entry door have needed an update for awhile. The same paintings had been hanging there for over 10 years, and I was just plain sick of them. I wanted to hang some photos in their place.

I found these frames at DI (thrift store), for 75¢ each:
Got this scrolly thing at Robert’s for $4.50 (used a 50% off coupon), and some cabinet knobs at Home Depot for $1.20 each.
I spray painted everything black, then snapped some photos of my boys in the front yard. Printed the photos out in sepia tone and put them in the frames. Added some ribbon.

Then came the tricky part. Hanging everything straight. This is where I needed the help of my hubbie. I’m not going to lie to you, it was darn tricky lining everything up. We ended up just hanging the pictures, then hanging the knobs with the ribbon looped around them. The knobs are not actually supporting the weight of the pictures. It was just too darn hard to get the ribbon lengths exactly right. I am really pleased with how the project turned out. And I love that the whole thing cost less than $15!! It will look even better after my walls are painted a light tan color. Which will happen after we finish the other five hundred and sixty two other projects that are more important. 😉

Project tips:
-I stapled the ribbon to the backs of the photos because I thought they would be hung from the ribbon. Hot glue would have worked.
-The photos are hung directly on the wall. Then we measured 2 1/2″ above the middle of each photo and put a straight nail (no head) right under the ribbon that was poking up. Then we just slid the knob onto the nail. So it looks like the pictures are hanging from the knobs, but really they aren’t.
-The nail head holding the scrolly thing was shiny and stood out like a sore thumb. I colored it in with a black sharpie marker. Super easy, and now it blends in.

It took a lot of trial and error to hang these, so I hope this all makes sense. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Want to see some other thrifty ideas? Check out these amazing blog parties:
Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented
DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land


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