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January 14, 2016

How I Repurposed Vintage Art Into A Dog Leash Holder

It's the first Power Tool Challenge of 2016 and in the spirit of beginning the year with a fresh new start, the theme this month is Organization.

While going through my pile of thrift store finds accumulating in boxes under our basement steps, I came across a piece of copper art that my husband's deceased Aunt made in 1951. While it's never been hung in our home, it has moved with us from house-to-house for decades. It's a really cool piece and we're not doing it, or his aunt's creative talents, justice by keeping it buried in a box.

That's when inspiration struck and I came up with a way to showcase her art and make it functional as well.  So without further ado, this is How I Repurposed Vintage Art Into A Dog Leash Holder.

Repurposed Vintage Art Into A Dog Leash Holder

If you haven't heard of the Power Tool Challenge, it is a group of tool savvy, skill sharing bloggers who encourage and empower female readers to step out of their comfort zones and try simple projects they can make themselves using a power tool.

Power Tool Challenge Team

Power Tools

  • Mitre Saw
  • Power Drill
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 
DIY Dog Leash Holder using Vintage Art and Fence Boards

If you look closely at the photo below you can catch a glimpse of the project I'll be sharing next week on Frugal Decor Tuesday.

Materials to make a DIY Dog Leash Holder
*Affiliate links have been included in this post to help you find the products I used.

Materials Used

  • Vintage copper art
  • Leftover fence boards
  • Coat hooks

Cutting The Wood

The first step was building a frame for the copper art to be mounted onto.   I used leftover fence boards from our Large Pallet Wood Clock.  You can see how I aged the new fence boards HERE.  

Leftover Fence Boards used to build a Dog Leash Holder

Using a mitre saw, I cut each board to size (see measurements in photo above).

Fence boards cut down to size with a mitre saw for a DIY Dog Leash Holder

Drilling Pocket Holes

Next I drilled pocket holes on the back side of both the top and bottom horizontal boards, using a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. (*affiliate link)

Drilling pocket holes using a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to assemble Dog Leash Holder Frame

You can see the pocket holes in the photo below.

Drilled pocket holes to assemble a Dog Leash Holder

Assembling The Frame

I lined up the boards to the 2-inch mark from the edge (as seen in the photo above) on both the top and bottom horizontal boards.  Using wood glue (*affiliate link) and #7 1 1/4" wood screws, (*affiliate link) I assembled the frame.

Assembling a Dog Leash Holder frame

Painting The Wood Mat 

I didn't like how the blonde wood on the copper art looked against the fence board frame and so I gave it a white wash with chalk paint.

White washing a Vintage Copper Art Frame used on a Dog Leash Holder

Spray Painting The Hooks

Unfortunately, I could only find coat hooks in a style that I liked with a chrome finish.  Not having enough time to order hardware online, I decided to spray paint them in a Burnished Amber using Rust-oleum Forged Hammered Metal spray paint (*affiliate link).

I wanted them to look similar to the patina on the art so I rubbed some Blackened Bronze Sophisticated Finishes Metallic Surfacer (*affiliate link) and that did the trick.

Spray painting chrome coat hooks Burnished Amber on a DIY Dog Leash Holder

Attaching Copper Art To The Frame

I used E6000 glue (*affiliate link) to attach the copper art onto the fence board frame.  I clamped it in place and let it cure overnight.

Attaching Vintage Art using E6000 Glue onto a fence board Dog Leash Holder

Attaching The Hooks

I attached the painted coat hooks evenly across the bottom of the frame.

Painted Coat Hooks attached to a Dog Leash Holder

Making A Graphic

In PicMonkey, I created a graphic for the top.  If you'd like the printable, click HERE.

Using graphite paper (*affiliate link) under the printed graphic, I simply traced the image using a pen onto the frame. With a script liner art brush and craft paint in the color Burnt Umber (*affiliate link), I painted over each letter. Next I added a shadow line with Modern Masters Metallic Copper Paint (*affiliate link).

Wooden Dog Leash Holder using Vintage Copper Art

Mounting Picture Hangers

The final step is attaching picture hangers onto the back of the frame.  I used D-Ring Picture Hangers (*affiliate link) much the same way I did on the Pallet Wood Clock.

D-Ring Picture Hangers to hang up heavy Wooden Dog Leash Holder

Then I hung it up in our back landing ready to take Filo for his daily walk.

DIY Dog Leash Holder hung at the back door

...we have a cat.

I borrowed a friend's dog leashes to take these photos.

Truth is, I'll be selling this piece.  Hopefully, a family member sees it on here and wants to keep the artwork in the family.

...who am I kidding, they don't read my blog.

Now it's time to see what Organization projects my talented friends created. If you like what you see, please pin directly from their blog posts rather than the links.

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