After working for a well known international brand, I developed an obsession with hangers. Their colour, functionality, display quality, spacing etc and it has been a number of years since but still I feel heavily unsatisfied with my assorted coloured wire hangers. My problems include mainly the fact that anything with straps just glide off, my solution was to bend the ends to make tops or shorts hang but that created a new problem. So a few weeks back I came across plain copper coloured wire hangers and I fell in love with them, my solution was right in front of me but then I learnt the company did not ship out of their own country. I was disappointed because I searched in my own country for the same hangers or at least one’s that came close and no luck. I had to come up with a solution because I can’t continue with the mess in my closet. I thought about the cost involved to replace ALL my hangers because I own THAT many and thought there had to be a way to get what I wanted but at a low cost. The answer came simultaneously with the question – that I can use my existing wire hangers, remove the plastic, bend the ends and spray paint them with the spray paint I bought a couple months ago but never used. Even better the spray paint colour I bought was a copper colour and these came out! I’m super excited about them, I only made two for now (it’s going to be a large project) but they’ve come out exactly the way I expected them to and it cost me nothing because the only thing I needed to purchase was the spray paint. If this interests you, below is a step-by-step guide on revamping your hangers.
DIY Copper Hangers
Old plastic wrapped wire hangers
Copper spray paint
Rubbing alcohol and cloth
Old news papers
Measure about 5cm from both ends and bend your hangers flat so you can hang your sleeveless items with ease. I used the wooden handle of my knife. Remove the plastic surrounding your plastic hanger with your carving knife. I couldn’t find mine so I just used the sharpest knife in the kitchen. It was easy to remove the plastic from the first hanger, in fact I just pulled it off with my hands once I split the end but the second hanger was challenging so I used more of a carving technique.
With a clean cloth and rubbing alcohol, rub away all the dirt and oils. I didn’t expect to see as much dirt as I did but don’t take it for granted, you will have to clean them off completely before spray painting.
Place some newspaper outside on the grass or a flat surface and lay your hanger. Give your can a good shake and do a few test sprays on paper before spraying your hanger. Proceed with short bursts of spray on your hanger and leave to dry slightly before spraying your final coat and leave overnight to dry.
For those with kiddies, a rainbow array of hangers would be fun or even colours that match your kids decor. For yourself you could spray paint whatever colour you choose and love most.
Go DIY 🙂