I happened to come across this piece of oak banister on one of my vintage shopping trips around the Ottawa valley and grabbed it. Priced at only a dollar, it was a complete steal.I had no idea at the time what I would use it for but I have learned that if something speaks to me, grab it.
The oak was in beautiful shape and just needed a good scrub with some soap and water. I didn’t scrub it so hard that I washed off the use and patina but enough to lose the cobwebs and dirt.When I found these gorgeous vintage style clips I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them either 🙂 I just loved their look and had been admiring them for awhile in a cute little shop I visit.
After I got the clips I was looking for something to hang them on and remembered the piece of banister.I dug out a couple of these old, rusty eye hooks (I keep everything… you just never know when you are going to need old, rusty hardware!) and added them to the banister.
I pre-drilled the holes for the eye hooks and then screwed them in. By pre-drilling the holes I didn’t have to worry about the oak splitting or cracking.Because the piece is quite heavy, I added a new hanger on the back to hang it by.
Make sure to use a hanger rated to hold a good amount of weight when you are working with hardwood.Once the eye hooks and hanger was added, that was all I needed to do. The piece was ready for hanging
Turn a piece of an old banister into a handy note holder with some vintage style clips.