Best selling authors John and Sherry of Young House Love have a new line of decorative hooks you can only find at The Home Depot. They initially conceived of these Young House Love home storage hooks as picture hangers, but they can also work just as well as wall hooks and cabinet or furniture hardware. So whether you choose to hang a frame from one, add a few for coat hooks near the door, or replace some furniture pulls, these knobs and hooks can provide a decor update that should only take you a couple of minutes to complete.
Here, John and Sherry show us three ways they’re using their new hardware, and they even show us a clever DIY to customize one of their hooks.
Decorative Picture Hangers
Below you see an example of our Round Wood Hook holding up a painting–or at least it’s pretending to. Each hook can support up to 25 pounds, but we often find it simpler to add them as a purely decorative accent to a picture that has already been hung. It makes precise placement easier and you don’t have to fret about your frame swinging around.
We stretched ribbon over the decorative hook and then attached it to the back of this painting with masking tape, but you could also use rustic twine or colorful string. It’s such a quick way to lend a little charm and soften up the boxy look of any mirror, canvas, or frame.
Next we took these Woven Metal Hooks for a spin as jewelry holders–but these decorative hooks would also work for towels in a bathroom, coats and scarves in a mudroom or entryway, and the list goes on.
We got lucky that ours could screw directly into a stud, but if yours don’t there’s an anchor provided that twists into a your drywall once you’ve pre-drilled a hole.
Bathroom Cabinet Knobs
Here are our Hexagon Acrylic Hooks on a bathroom vanity. Since they’re designed to fit standard hardware screws, it was easy to swap out the existing cabinet knobs. We love how the clear acrylic and the oil-rubbed bronze mix with the stone counters for a luxe look.
We’re all about mixing metals as long as each metal appears in a few places, so oil-rubbed bronze hardware, soap dispensers, and vanity lights layer in nicely with a chrome faucet and towel hooks.
How to Personalize the Round Wood Knobs
We’re also all about making things your own, so here’s an easy way to personalize our Round Wood Hooks.
Just grab some washi tape or some decorative paper to bring a nice dose of texture, color, or pattern to the flat front of each knob.
For this look, we traced the round shape of the knob on some blue decorative paper, cut it out, and then trimmed off some of the circle so a slice of wood could peek through on that side.
Next we applied a thin coat of matte finish Mod Podge on both sides of the paper to adhere it to the front of the hook and add a clear matte sealer coat on top.
A few strips of pink and blue washi tape brought some interest and color to the other two hooks–we just trimmed off the excess tape with a craft knife for a nice clean look.
It’s an especially great alteration if you’re using these as picture hooks, since they shouldn’t get much wear–so that decoupaged or taped effect will hold up really well.
If you find your washi tape peeling up over time, a thin layer of white glue under it should do the trick.
So there you have it: three simple ways to use these decorative hooks, and an easy way to update one if you’re feeling fancy.
John and Sherry share hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home in their best-selling book Young House Love: 243 ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show Your Home Some Love.