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« on: February 23, 2004 02:38:03 PM »

For a few years I have used cheap plant hangers (with spray-painted dowels) to put up curtains, and now I've decided to turn them into shelves!  
You need wrought-iron plant hangers that have lots of curls and look like shelf supports (eek, I am lacking proper terminology!).
I found some wood on the sidewalk and put it on two plant hangers, mounted to the wall.  I had to bend the top curl a little bit to make room for the wood, but otherwise, it's a perfect fit!  The whole project costs about $5, and looks much prettier and decorative than the industrial shelf kits you get at the hardware store.

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2004 02:41:30 PM »

that sounds awesome!! now to find some plant hangers....

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2004 03:32:26 PM »

I have been needing some shelves to mount... stuff.. So now that is a good idea!

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2004 10:10:38 AM »

those are great! it looks like a professional job. are they hard enough to hold a lot of things or can you just put light stuff on it? great job.
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2004 10:31:22 AM »

Glad you like 'em!

They are surprisingly strong...as strong as those metal L brackets you can buy.  I'd put more books on them, but the limiting factor is the drywall to which I mounted them.  I couldn't find many studs in this pre-war apt (insert joke here about boyfriend), so I had to use wall anchors on the right side.

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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2004 12:11:50 PM »

I have also used this technique but used them over a window.  I inserted cane poles through one set of "Loops" and hung tye-dyed sheet curtains Smiley So i had a display shelf/cornice/curtain rod support all in one handy dandy thing .  Those plant holders come in many colors/sizes but are very easy to paint.
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2004 10:10:58 PM »

Thanks for the idea!  
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2004 10:21:54 PM »

I read "inexpensive pant hangers..." and was like WHOA I need to see how pant hangers were turned into shelves.  Roll Eyes Yes I'm a dork.  But those plant hangers are a great idea!
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2004 02:58:51 AM »

I made these cute book shelf thingies (lack of term)  out of a  nail and ribbon.  Just take an arm length of ribbon and nail the two ends to the wall.  You can put as many books, or magazines, that the ribbon will support if you take the loop end of the ribbon and put it underneath the spine.  Like a sling.  Make sense?  I hope so.  I used 1 in a half in. ribbon.  I used it to get my reference books off the desk.  I use my thesaurus all of the time so I need it close but don't want to build shelves.  thingie=thesaurus.  I know, it's late.

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2004 12:10:32 PM »

now THAT is an idea!  My hubby and I were lamenting the lack of cool, in-expensive book brackets a while ago, whilst we were re-organizing painting our apt.  We had to settle for boring ol' ordinary ones.  I wish I had of seen this back then! :]

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