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Aha! Hack: The Practically Free, Make-It-Yourself Storage Tool

Over on Remodelista, Annie rounded up some great examples of branches repurposed as a knife rack, pot holder, utensils rail, and more. (See The New Rusticity: 11 DIY Ways to Use Branches Indoors.) Call it foraged storage.

Our favorite example was the reinvention of the branch as a clothes rack. With minimal effort and almost no money—all you need, in addition to a sturdy and sculptural branch, are two hook screws and natural rope (think sisal, hemp, or jute)—you can create a pretty wardrobe storage solution, all in an afternoon’s time.

Wooden hangers add to the rustic look. You could also opt for S-hooks if you want to keep it super-simple.

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Above: The owners of a vacation rental turned a dark closet into an airy and chic dressing area, complete with artful clothes rod. Photograph by Kate Sears, from The Joshua Tree Casita: A Stylish DIY Remodel, Budget Edition.
In a beautifully arranged store in Amsterdam, branches are used to display its fashion merchandise. Photograph by Jeltje Janmaat, via Vosges Paris, from A High Concept Store in Amsterdam.
Above: In a beautifully arranged store in Amsterdam, branches are used to display its fashion merchandise. Photograph by Jeltje Janmaat, via Vosges Paris, from A High Concept Store in Amsterdam.
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Above: This branch in the same Amsterdam store has a more finished look thanks to a coat of white paint. Photograph by Jeltje Janmaat, via Vosges Paris, from A High Concept Store in Amsterdam.

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N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published May 2018.

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