So, I have a pretty bad habit of tossing my jackets or purse in any direction when I want in the house. On the couch, a door knob, the back of a chair – I’m so bad about it. Time to solve the problem with a coat rack. In this case, a DIY coat rack!
Supplies: 1″ x 10″ x 2′ board, 1″ x 3″ x 2′ board, stain, polyurethane, two nails, four coat hooks, two screws
I bought two cheap pine boards and stained them, following the directions on the can. I followed up the stain with a coat of polyurethane. I didn’t use water-based polyurethane, and that was a big mistake. I had to leave it outside for three days to cure and air out. Yuck!
I drilled a couple of pilot holes in the narrow board, then nailed it to the larger board. This will be a ledge on top of the DIY coat rack.
Next up, installing the coat hooks. I used a piece of painter’s tape as a guide to drill even holes for the coat hooks.
Hooks in, I mounted it to the wall in our front hallway. I used two wood screws and screwed it into a stud in the center of the wall. The screws were brass, so I applied a thick coat of brown acrylic paint to make it blend.
Boom. Done! Of course, I decorated it a little. I had a few knickknacks around the house – an owl votive, ceramic airplane, and a bundle of fake hydrangeas (from A.C. Moore, purchased with a 50% off coupon). I added a silver hammered frame later, but it’s empty, so not really worth photographing, haha.
Before, the white mirror was above the teal table. I switched it to a different wall to make room for the DIY coat rack. And, a big non-surprise given the recent cold snap, but that coat rack is currently completely hidden by coats, jackets and sweatshirts, haha.
Now we just need to replace the cheap-o lights in the hallway! I might do something with that table too, but I haven’t decided. I like the bright turquoise, but I think I’d like it more glossy. I’ve also been considering a small storage bench so we can hide shoes.
Are you making any storage or organization improvements in your house? Has the change in weather inspired any changes around your casa?