This rustic DIY coat rack was made out of necessity but not without the help of Oriental Trading Co. who sponsored this post! As always, all thoughts my own!
You see that little cabin behind me? It was originally built to be a wood shop buuut the wife of the original owner decided it would be best suited for her quilting club instead. ಠ_ಠ The cabin is dubbed “The Hideaway” and has a small kitchen, bathroom, wood burning stove, and a beautiful main room with hardwood floors.
Now that I’m a “pro” at using power tools, painting, and working with wood (haha, not!), I totally wish that it was a work shop! We use it as storage for all our belongings that we can’t *quite* get rid of yet. ‘Cause you know, the moment you get rid of it, you’ll need it! (I can literally hold onto something for 20 years and it never fails – the second it’s gone, I WILL NEED IT!)
What I also needed was a rustic DIY coat rack to go in the main cabin. So I made one!
Rustic DIY Coat Rack Tutorial:
To make this rustic DIY coat rack, all you will need is a wooden plank, paint, and 4 drawer pulls! I picked up the supplies from the craft store and they were all on clearance! (YAS!) The knobs were 50% off and came from Hobby Lobby (I waited for them to go on sale) and the wooden board came from Michaels. The best thing about craft stores is that there are always 40% off coupons that you can use straight from your phone! I think I ended up paying $4?? for the board and $2.50 for the knobs. Pretty sweet deal!
I literally spent 2 whole days trying to decide which drawer pulls I wanted for this DIY coat rack. The first day that I went to Hobby Lobby I didn’t buy any because there were TOO many to choose from and so I got frustrated and left (Oh, and don’t bother going to their website, there are over a bajillion). I went back about a month later when the drawer pulls were on sale again and stumbled across these. I have no idea how I didn’t see them the first time!
These pulls have really pretty glass enclosed patterns with metal rims that are slightly distressed. I figured they’d be absolutely perfect for this project especially since I was distressing the wood!
Distressing and Aging the Wood
I didn’t want the wood plank to look brand new so I pretty much beat the living daylights out of it with a hammer, heavy chain, hatchet, and small garden rake. I also punched holes in it with nails to simulate bug damage.
To give it a weathered, worn look, I used a wire wheel attached to my power drill to create lines across the wood. I went back and forth wearing down different areas on the top and sides of the plank.
Homemade Distressed Chalk Paint
I gave the wood a light sanding to get rid of any splinters and burrs then added a coat of espresso paint for my first layer of color. I made this particular shade with some samples that I had laying around and then added some calcium carbonate to give it a chalky finish.
Here’s my DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial if you’d like to check that out. It’s super easy to make and WAY less expensive than buying it pre-made. Oh, that “wooden” background is simply a roll of disposable paper that I picked up from Oriental Trading Co. to keep my worktop clean as I painted!
I originally planned to add a coat of teal to the project but it looked absolutely terrible so I started all the way over (at least 3 times but we won’t talk about that) and decided just to stick with espresso and creamy white as my two contrasting colors. The off-white paint is just some that I had laying around but you can use any color you’d like. I added two coats and let each one dry in between. After that, I lightly sanded the whole thing to reveal the dark brown underneath. To finish, I gave it a coat of paste wax, buffed it and was DONE!
Drilling Holes for the Drawer Pulls
To attach the drawer pulls, I used a 1/2″ spade bit to create a countersinking hole that was the same depth of the nut. I did this so that the hardware would sit flush with the back of the DIY coat rack and there wouldn’t be any pieces sticking out the back. (Does this make sense? It was hard to describe this step.)
You can see here that I drilled the hole just barely deep enough for the nut to fit perfectly without sticking out the back. I also allowed room for the tips of my pliers to hold the nut while I tightened the knob.
To make the hole for the drawer pulls to fit through, I used a bit that was a teensie bit smaller than the threaded rod and drilled a hole through to the other side.
Once all four holes were drilled, I simply screwed the nut onto the rod then tightened completely using needle nose pliers.
The only other problem I ran into with this project – and one that I didn’t take into account when I bought the knobs – was their overall length. The threaded rods stuck out WAY past the thickness of the board so I used a hacksaw to cut them off. Problem solved!
This is the finished DIY coat rack and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I am new to working with wood and paint but I think it will look awesome in our cabin!
Oh yeah, I guess I should mention how I hung our new DIY coat rack. Since I’m only using this to hang Vic’s baseball caps on (that pink one is mine LOL) ANNNNND since I don’t want to drill into our walls, I used 5 sets of Command Hanging Strips. If you want it to hold more than 15 pounds, I would recommend using a heavy duty D-ring hanging kit or screwing it directly into the wall.