Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: The Fork Ran Away with the Spoon.

Or maybe I should call it Two-Fer Thursday, because you’re also getting a sneak peek at the wall color. Not that it’s anything fancy, but it’s still a little peek ;) At some point long, long ago, I mentioned that my mom got me this 1970’s huge wood fork and spoon set that I had been searching high and low for: IMG_6669

I don’t even remember the price, so I’m really failing you this week. However, I want to show you how to rig these to hang the opposite way they were intended for cheap. I’d seen them all over the interwebs hung the proper way, by those holes at the bottom of the handles:

As you may know by now, I don’t like doing things the proper way. Ever since I took a picture of them sitting on the floor the opposite way, I knew I wanted to hang them like that. But these things are huge. And pretty heavy. So coming up with some way to hold them was no easy feat. Here’s a comparison to show you the ginormousness of these monstrosities:

IMG_6674 It was intended to be a picture of the chair with the utensils, but you know Rupert. Has to pose for every picture. So I went to Lowes to troll the aisles and come up with something to hang these things. I remembered something with a rubber end, called a u-hook, and thought that would be the ticket… however they are spensivveee. And this is THRIFTY Thursday, not spend a Hook and a leg to hang thrift store finds. I finally landed in the door hinge aisle, and saw these:


They look like an octopus, so I’ll call them Octo-Hooks. They’re under $5 for two in a pack. I was relying on a miracle for these to be wide enough and strong enough for my utensils.

My super scientific formula for hanging these was to have Hussy hold them up on the wall as I stood on the other side of the room and said “up” “down” “left” and “right.” Then I had him hold them in place as I slipped the first hook under/behind and rubbed the hook on the wall to make a mark. Luckily, being black, it did a fine job leaving enough of an imprint to keep my spot as I did the same for the second one.

Then I simply held the hook up to the wall, and drilled the screws it came with in the holes. No need for pilot holes or stud finding, it just grabbed on and stuck. Then I hung the utensils and it worked like a charm.

IMG_6740 It was so easy, a caveman could do it.


Hook, line and sinker.


For the record, I’m Team Flo.


  1. I only have the fork! :) I saw it in an op shop & casually enquired about the cost. The assistant hated it and said something along the lines of $1... lol! When I left I did a little 'woo hoo & giggle' thinking about how 'good' I was. However that feeling was short lived as now I can't get the spoon. lol! :)

  2. How on earth can they only have half of the set?! I hope you find your spoon soon! At least you got the fork for an unbelieveable deal :) I actually saw them once or twice before, but they were asking crazy prices like $20-30 for very worn ones. I know these were such a fad recently, but I can't help but smile when I see them on the walls :)

  3. Those are too cool. I love the way they look on the wall!!