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April 10, 2019

Let's get building!

I have a very simple DIY project to share with you today.

It's a basic wall mounted coat rack. Rustic and full of charm, but about as basic as you can get.


Below is the plan with the measurements. Click on it if you need to make it bigger.

I used two pieces of wood from the same old work desk top that I used to build my mantle

Cut the two pieces and sand all the sides really well.

Apply wood glue to the top of the back piece and the underside of the top shelf.

Using an air nailer, nail these two pieces together. Clamp the back piece and the top shelf together while the glue dries.

The next step is the fun part. Seeing your piece come together. Now you can decide how you want to finish it. Stain or paint or a white wash method. The options are endless. I carry the FAT Paint collection at my retail location. Check out the colours available.

The wood that I used had so much character to it that I decided to stain it instead of painting it. I used Dark Walnut stain by Minwax.


This piece will get a lot of use, so make sure to seal it. You can use a clear coat or lacquer spray. You can also use FAT Paint's clear top coat or wax to seal it.

Once your piece is dry you can attach hooks to it. I carry a line of hooks in my retail location. Lay them out on the wood to get a mental image of how the finished piece will look. Do you want more hooks or less hooks? When you start attaching them, be sure to measure the width between each hook and the distance from the bottom so that you place them evenly.


There's a few different ways that you can hang this on your wall. I pre-drilled two holes into the back piece and then screwed mine directly to the wall. If you're hanging your's on drywall, make sure to either use hollow wall fasteners or space the screws so that they can go into the studs. It's always a good idea to set a level on the top shelf to get it nice and level when you're hanging it.


Happy building!

 

 

Sources:

Stain: Dark Walnut by Minwax

Polycrylic: Satin finish by Minwax (for sealing the stained mantle)

Wood: leftover wood scraps from an old work desk top

Other supplies and tools needed: Wood glue, screws, air nailer, orbit sander or sanding pad, mitre saw, hooks, screw driver


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