After seeing some pretty sad and cheap coat racks in stores and very overpriced coat racks online, I bit the bullet and decided to create my own “Industrial Coat Rack”.
I had plenty of old timber floor boards from the floor demolition of our house which was built in 1951 and I was itching to start using them. This was the perfect starting project.
I picked out the best board to suit my project and was thrilled that it didn’t need any extra cutting. It was the perfect length and just my luck! I had a bit of a scare when I went to source hooks though. At Bunnings, they only had antique copper finish and bright chrome for some reason. I was looking for brushed stainless at least. So, I bought the antique copper hooks which had a slightly matt surface and bought a can of Rust-Oleum Universal in Dark Steel and painted over them. Voila, they turned out great!
All I did was pre-drill the holes and attach the hooks with the screws provided (also painted). Instead of attaching a hook to hang the coat rack from the wall, I decided to screw it straight into the stud frame as it was for my little boy’s change table area.
Now I can hang his clothes on it ready for dressing! Definately a life saver as you never want to be tempted to leave baby whilst darting across the room to the wardrobe to grab a forgotten item! Before, I was folding things over the end of the cot but he would always grab them or they would fall on the floor.
I have added a resting spot for a bunny above the rack which gives Hunter, my little boy, something to giggle at during change time. I think I’ll put a print next to the shadow box to even it up. (I also made the shadow box from left over pine in the shed.) Maybe a little basket for shoes…oh it never ends! I’d be happy just making things all day.
Well, it’s exactly what I wanted and it cost me: $22 (The paint $12, the hooks $10, floorboard free, wall screws – I have plenty). Source your own reclaimed timber from local salvage or timber yards and give it a try.