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Measuring Up: 7 Crafty Ways to Add Rulers & Yardsticks to Home Décor

Yardsticks and rulers aren't just for measuring nowadays. Old-fashioned rulers and yardsticks instantly give a stylish, vintage look to a room incorporating a sense of nostalgia into assorted pieces of home décor. The more distressed or antique-looking they are the better. Their shape and length make them conducive to creating boxes for storage, shelves, interesting coat racks, and conversation worthy accents to furniture and other elements in your home. These 7 ideas provide immeasurable opportunities to produce unique and functional storage and organization solutions as well as infuse style into a room's décor.

  1. The first rule of making a yardstick coat rack is there are no rules. All you need is a stack of wooden yardsticks, a wood plank, some stain, and wood glue to create a unique piece. Cut all pieces to the size you want and put it all together. Once you have the base figured out, play around with the hardware. Get creative with your "hooks". And who says this has to be used as a coat rack? Depending on where you use this piece, you could change out the hardware to better fit its purpose or room. For example, if in the kitchen, consider adding a drawer pull that you could pull a dish towel through while hanging your frequently used kitchen utensils or oven mitts alongside. Use unique ceramic knobs to display a collection of vintage brushes as in the image below. The options are limited only by your creativity.
    yardstick coat rack_2
    Image via Susie Harris Blog
  2. Add some interest to your shelves by facing them with a yardstick. Framed photos of family, friends, and trips taken would be displayed well on such a shelf. Maybe you're a collector or creator of upcycled art as in this image where the artist painted on old baking sheets, which adds to the character of the paintings. Placing them on yardstick-faced shelves is a great compliment.
    Yardstick facing shelf
    Image via Itsy Bits and Pieces
  3. Paneling the front of your stairs or the kickboards in your kitchen with vintage looking yardsticks is a small detail that makes a big impact on people entering the room.
    yardstick stairs
    Image via Design Sponge
  4. With a coat of paint and vintage yardstick and ruler paneling on the drawers and doors, an old buffet or dresser is given new life while furnishing you with storage for blankets or serving dishes. Use restoration oil or stain on the wood and see the different colors the rulers and yardsticks take on.
    DIY-buffet
    Image via Sew Dang Cute Crafts
  5. Simple yet charming, these crates are great for storage. Roll up some towels and keep them in the bathroom in this crate. Add handles to them and put them to work in the garden to help carry fresh fruits and vegetables or transport plants. Keep a few in the trunk of your car and use them to carry groceries into the house.
    crates
    Image via City Farmhouse
  6. Hardware stores and home improvement stores are a great resource for free, or almost free, rulers and yardsticks. Take advantage of this to create custom organizers for your desk drawer, craft drawer, kitchen drawer, tool drawer, or finally make an attempt to organize that junk drawer. Some drawers may not even require tools for resizing the sticks if they happen to be the same width.
    DIY drawer organizer
    Image via Lady Goats
  7. Think beyond common backsplash materials such as ceramic tile, granite, glass, and steel in the kitchen. Upcycled rulers as a backsplash are an economic solution that gives a kitchen an instant pop of color and texture. Just remember to seal the wood to protect it from moisture.
    ruler backsplash kitchen ruler backsplash
    Images via the kitchn

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  • […] Measuring Up: 7 Crafty Ways to Add Rulers & Yardsticks to Home. – Image via Susie Harris Blog; Add some interest to your shelves by facing them with a yardstick. Framed photos of family, friends, and trips taken would be displayed well on such a shelf. Maybe you're a collector or creator of upcycled art as in this image where the artist painted on old baking sheets, which adds to the. […]