Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

I’ve confessed my love of accessories to you before- particularly with scarves and vintage costume jewelry. But I am ALSO a lover of hats…especially during the humid southern summers! So, while I’ve made plenty of jewelry organizers over the years (and at least one scarf rack!), I was clearly overdue to make something for my hats.

Well, my friends…finally, that day is here!

I love the look of vintage hat stands, but they are hard to come by and unsurprisingly pricey. But the look- their shape- is replicable using a few parts & pieces from the thrift store…in fact, it was this set of wooden salad bowls that inspired my project.

Vintage wooden salad bowls at the thrift store for repurposing into hat stands by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Have a salad, then hang your hat…

The clear varnish had nearly flaked away over the years, but otherwise, they were the perfect size and shape to hold a hat- even with their footed bottom. Now, I just needed to find some decent wooden candlesticks to pair them with.

I found these- and while they weren’t perfect (more on that later), they would more than do and I could work around their flaws.

Wooden candlesticks at the thrift store for repurposing into hat stands by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I gotta grab ’em while I see ’em.

So- here’s where my vision is going…This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposing vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

JUST like a vintage hat stand!

But I needed to do a little prep work first! Using our orbital sander, I smoothed out the tops of the candlesticks- this would allow the upturned bowls to sit more flush against them. But while cleaning out the remnant candle wax, I realized just how deep that brass core was…which meant I wasn’t going to be connecting the bowls to the sticks with a screw (my original intention). It could be done, but seemed more troublesome than it was worth.

Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little prep work with the sander…

The candlesticks also didn’t have a large, stabilizing base- so, to hold something like a wide-brimmed hat, I was going to have to rectify add a more secure base to each stick. Enter a pair of wooden plaques that would serve as bases! Now I had all three parts that a DIY hat stand would need.

Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All pieces present and accounted for!

As I studied my parts, I wondered how to coordinate them- staining the bowls and bases to match the candlesticks sounded awfully daunting. I LOVE wood stain, but I suspected that no amount of stain-matching would yield a seamless appearance. Plus, it sounded like a lot of work in my garage and it was, like, 97°F outside. So, I decided to paint them- not my first choice (I really did want the look of natural wood), but the splashy blue won me over in the end.

Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Not the same as natural wood…BUT I like the blue, too.

To connect everything together, we drilled a hole through the center of the base, a pilot hole into the bottom of the candlestick, and drilled a 2” wood screw through each.

Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

No tipping over now!

Then, I used my favorite wood glue to fix each upturned bowl to the candlestick. A screw would have been ideal, but sometimes thrifters can’t be choosers!

Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing touches…

Because these wooden salad bowls were vintage and hand-turned, they were a little uneven on the inside. But I like the touch of askew-ness and it doesn’t affect its hat-holding abilities at all!

After the wood glue had set, I re-enforced the junction with a bead of hot glue– it’s not visible unless you turn over the hat stand, and I’m all about a little glue insurance. Especially since my original plan to use screws was thwarted.

And there you have it- a DIY hat stand pair from thrift store parts. Same shape as the vintage kind, but for just a couple of dollars.

Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and you can hang your hat on that!

I’m already on the hunt for additional candlesticks- I still have three salad bowls left…and many more hats!

Prefer a video tutorial? I’ve got you covered!


Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Repurpose and Upcycle vintage wooden salad bowls with thrift store wood candlesticks to create DIY hat stand by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Now that hat stand is the cutest ever! Love the color. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Great idea!

  3. Sarah, you seriously have the greatest ideas! Pinning this one to share 🙂

  4. Brilliant and totally doable!!! Pinning to share!! http://www.quirkybohemianmama.com/

  5. Of course I’m pinning this! These are amazing 🙂

  6. How cute!!! Pinning!!

  7. Sandra Crosbie says:

    I love your quirky style. And great ideas. And I’m also jealous of the Summer weather you appear to be enjoying. We had three consecutive days of sun in the past three weeks. Arghhhh!.

  8. I love this! I have a cloche hat that sits in my closet getting mushed. I will be doing this soon. Pinning to share.

  9. You just ooze talent and imagination!

  10. I am so doing this project. Thanks!

  11. Great repurpose project Sarah, and a wonderful display piece. Love the color and I’ll never overlook a salad bowl at the thrift store again!

  12. My daughter loves hats & could use a few of these in her room. Love this project. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  13. Love how you’ve repurposed those items. Such a cute and clever way to display your hats! Love it!

  14. This is so clever. I may have to buy a hat so I have a reason to make these. Great project.

  15. Sarah, I love how these turned out. Now I am kicking myself for not buying the salad bowls recently at Goodwill!

    xo Dianne

  16. Sarah, great project! I love the blue paint. So practical to create something useful out of “nothing”. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  17. Love this! I have two hats that need a stand. Guess I’ll start making the rounds at my local thrift stores. 🙂

  18. This is SO pretty and SO genius Sarah, love the colour, that blue is so bright and happy! Super fun idea… as always!

  19. helenfern says:

    And this is why I host this party – How do you come up with these amazing ideas?? Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party – and don’t forget to leave a comment – if you comment and your post is featured next week, it will also get pinned and tweeted!

  20. Fantastic use of those old bowls! I bet you can create some really cute ones for kid’s hats using smaller bowls!

  21. Haha, thrifters can’t be choosers! 🙂 I think these turned out amazing and I love this shade of blue!!

  22. I’m so charmed by your hat stand. Pinning now. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

  23. So adorable. I need to make a couple for my booth to display some hats. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  24. Perfect solution to a dilemma of mine! THANK YOU!

  25. Very sassy Ms. Sarah! My daughters love hats and they would love these stands also. Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story and we’re looking forward to what you will share next week.

  26. Hey, Sarah! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your DIY Hat Stand so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!! http://lifewithlorelai.com/2016/08/04/home-matters-linky-party-98/

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  27. Very fun idea; what a great way to display fun hats! Love the color your choose. Visiting from Homemade and Handcrafted party.

  28. Super cute and super cool!

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