With its deep ledge, this 19th-century terra-cotta cornice was perfect for the top shelf of a rack that This Old House
features editor and salvage expert Amy Hughes wanted to build. All she needed was an old piece of wood to attach it to and a handful of hooks. "Scrounging in the TOH
editorial closet, where we store props for photo shoots, I found just the thing: a beat up beam with the carpenter's saw marks still visible on one side," she said.
After searching in vain at three different salvage yards for five matching wrought-iron hooks, Amy ordered reproductions from House of Antique Hardware
. You can recreate this handy storage accessory with your own salvage finds.
See full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, in How to Turn a Cornice Into a Garden Tool Holder