My neighborhood is quite old, dating to the early 1900s, and we are known for our bungalows, although my house is a craftsman of some sort. Regardless, we have an informal neighborhood association that organizes quarterly events, a newsletter, and other activities as they arise. When I first moved in, I noticed that many people in the neighborhood had flags hanging on their porches that represented the neighborhood. I wanted a flag so bad, and by inquiry learned about the association. That was over a year ago, and I have never hung my flag. Over the year and a half I have been living here I have become more involved in the association, and am now on the leadership committee, so I figured it was about time I hung my flag to show my pride.
For months I contemplated how to hang the flag. I looked for special flag poles and also considered some sort of dowel contraption, but nothing seemed inexpensive or right. Chet assured me he would find a way to hang it, but that never happened (public shaming of Chet). One day I was removing various hardware from the basement stairwell and saw a cool old towel rack. Unfortunately this rack was not long enough to hold my flag, but it got me thinking. I headed to Home Depot to see what I could find.
For just a few dollars I found these simple chrome towel rack brackets and rod, which were perfect for mounting to my porch. I gathered a drill, drill bits, a ladder, and my towel rack and headed outside this week for one of the nice warm days we experienced unexpectedly. I drilled pilot holes, screwed the brackets to the porch, slid the rod through the flag, and tada, the flag was hung.
I am pretty pleased with the simplicity and outcome of this project. It only took me about 10 minutes to complete, and everyone can now see the pride I take in my neighborhood. I think this post is just a reminder that when remodeling or decorating a home, think outside the box to save some money and accomplish exactly what you want.