So this project is probably a few months late, but looks like we are still going to get plenty use out of it since this is obviously the winter that never ends! Plus, just because it’s warming up doesn’t mean you can’t hang some pretty decorations on your DIY coat rack! ; )
If you are new to DIY projects then this is a great way to introduce you to some power tools. If you are a veteran, then you will see how easy this project is! My favorite part about it is that the stain is from my DIY Stain that I shared with you a few weeks back. I love how the color turned out! So let’s gather up those tools and make a coat rack!
How to make a DIY Coat Rack
First. We bought a 48″ pre cut 1×6 and that just so happened to be the exact size we needed, but if you need to trim it down you will need to cut that with either a circular saw or a miter saw. Once you have it cut to your desired length, let’s sand and stain this baby!
Using your Ryobi Orbital Sander gently sand the wood. My 1×6 wasn’t particularly rough so I sanded it once with a medium grit and then finished it off with a fine grit sandpaper to give it a nice finish. I also made sure to sand the ends and edges so that our clothes wouldn’t snag on anything.
Second. Now it’s time to whip out your DIY Stain. This stain is definitely different to work with rather than your traditional store bought stain. It goes on thing and takes some time to see the color. The first coat will look like you did nothing, but you did trust me. Here is a little photo breakdown of the process. You don’t have to wait very long between coats, about 10-15 minutes.
You will want to keep applying coats until you get the color you are happy with while it is still wet. Then once it dries it will look very flat and chalky. Don’t have a panic attack like me. Once you apply your Shellac, it will look fabulous! TIP: I added a few extra coats to the edges to give it a little dimension, but this is optional
Third. Apply one coat of shellac, let dry. Lightly sand with your fine grit sandpaper. Be careful to not apply to much pressure when sanding. Apply a second coat of shellac. You can repeat this process until you are happy with the look.
Fourth. Once everything is dry, it is time to attach your hooks. To do this you will need to first measure it out and figure out the placement. Start with the very center of the board. This is where the first hook will go. Then do your two outside hooks. Remember, you don’t want these to be on the very edge, so figure out where exactly you want them to be and mark it. Then for the remaining two hooks measure the distance between your middle hook and your outside hook and place a hook in the center of those. The hardest part about this is making sure the hooks are evenly space and level, take your time and re check everything! Using your Ryobi Impact driver, attach the hooks with the provided screws.
Fifth. To hang, we just used wood screws to attach the coat rack directly to the studs. It just so happened that we could replace one of the hook screws with a wood screw to get it directly into a stud, and the other one fell between two hooks. Then we just added another screw opposite the one between the hooks for some symmetry. If you don’t want your screws visible, you will need to counter sink them and fill with wood putty.
It is so nice to finally have a place for all our coats and snow pants. Our coat closet was OVERFLOWING with shoes, hats, mittens and everything else the winter requires. This gives us a nice place for those every day things! : ) Have you made a DIY Coat Rack? I’d love to see, just leave a link in the comments!
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