Tell Me About It Tuesday|{Pretty Handy Girl Tutorial!}

Hey y’all! I have a treat for you today! An original Pretty Handy Girl tutorial straight from the Pretty Handy Girl herself!! I met Brittany at Blissdom this year and to say we hit it off would be an understatement. There were tears shed when we had to leave! She is fast becoming my sounding board for blog ideas and general life advice! I just love her and if you haven’t heard of her yet-I just know you will love her too! Take it away Brittany!

Thanks for inviting me to guest post on your blog today Kristi! I hope your readers like my tutorial for creating a Vintage Hook Frame.

But, before we get to the tutorial, I think some introductions are in order. Hi, everyone, my name is Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl).

I write a blog, called what else, Pretty Handy Girl! My blog is filled with DIY tutorials for building things (like my son’s closet turned into a reading nook,)

I recently gave my downstairs half bathroom a facelift. In the process I got rid of a wall mounted hand towel bar and replaced it with a little frame and a hook.

It was very easy to make, so I thought I’d share the tutorial with you.


  • Wide Edged Frame
  • Decorative Hook (I used a ceiling mount plant hook, but a cup hook would work too.)
  • Machine Screw to Attach the Plant Hook*
  • Double Stick Foam Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Rub n’ Buff (optional)
  • Paper Towel (if using Rub n’ Buff)
  • Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape (if using Rub n’ Buff)
  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bit the same width as the Machine Screw

*Plant hooks come with a toggle bolt, that doesn’t have a screw head, so you need to buy a machine screw that fits in the hook for this project)


I started with this old picture frame that I’ve had for years. I wanted to give the frame a new look so I distressed the edges and used a Patina colored Rub n’ Buff on the metal trim.

Start by masking off around the metal with tape.

Squeeze out a small amount of Rub n’ Buff onto a paper towel.

Rub the paste onto the metal areas of the frame. Wait a minute for the paste to dry then buff it off with a clean paper towel. Remove the masking tape.

Add some Rub n’ Buff to your plant hook if you want. Then buff it off.

Remove your picture, glass and backing. Sand the edges of your frame to give it a distressed look. Then wipe the frame clean. (For more details on aging and distressing furniture, you can read my post HERE.)

Measure and mark the center of the bottom edge of your frame.

Measure and mark the center of your hook to determine where to drill your hole.

Put a piece of scrap wood under your frame and drill your hole. Your hole should be just big enough for the machine screw to fit through.

Thread the machine screw through…

…and screw your hook onto the bolt until it is snug.

Insert your picture and put your frame back together.

If your Vintage Hook Frame is going to get a lot of use, you will probably want to secure the bottom of the frame to the wall with double stick foam tape. To make both sides even, I added an extra two pieces of the tape stacked on top of one another on the left side and only one piece on the right (the side with the stand.)

Hang your frame on a picture hook and nail and enjoy your new Vintage Hook Frame.

If you like the graphic sign I used for this project, feel free to download the artwork HERE.

If you like the Star Soap graphic I made for our bathroom, head on over to my blog for the download.

Thanks for having me as a guest today. I hope I’ll get to meet some of y’all over at


Have a happy day,

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  1. HudsonHero says:

    I’m a fan of Brittany and thought I would take the leap over. So glad I did! Cute ideas.


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