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It’s been four months since we bought our first house. Even before it was officially ours, I had a long list of DIY projects that I wanted to accomplish. Now that school is out, I finally have time to tick off some boxes on my to-do list!
Because storage is so limited in this house, creating a way to organize sweaters, coats and shoes by the entryway was first up on my list. My idea for this space was to have a shoe organizer on the floor with a mountable coat rack above and then add decor to make the entry into our home a pleasant and chaos-free space.
I found the perfect shoe organizer, and then I hit up the hardware store to get supplies for my coat rack. It took a few days (there’s a lot of drying time), but the coat rack is hung, and my doorway is looking much more organized.
To help get this DIY done, I was sent the Black and Decker 20V Cordless Drill. It was the perfect companion for this fun project because it’s very lightweight yet it packs plenty of power (enter to win one of your own at the bottom of this post). I’ve included the instructions below, and I encourage you to give it a try! This easy coat rack is a lovely and useful addition to any home. It makes a great gift too!
Mountable DIY Coat Rack
- Wood board cut to the size you prefer. The board I used is 1″ thick and 4′ long.
- Wood stain
- 4 – 6 hooks with hardware (the number you need depends on the length of your board)
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Wood Finishing Spray
- Two, 2″ wood screws to mount the coat rack to wall
- 1/8″ drill bit
- Black and Decker 20V Max Drill
Prepare the Wood
- Sand both sides of the board. Once the board is completely smooth, use a clean cloth to remove all dust.
- Open the can of stain and stir well. Dip a clean cloth into the stain and spread a generous layer on the wood. Tip – work quickly to avoid visible lines in your finished piece.
- Depending on desired darkness, leave the stain on for 5 – 15 minutes and then remove excess with a cloth.
- Optional: To achieve a darker color, wait one hour and then repeat steps 2 and 3.
- Once finished, allow stain to dry for 3 – 5 hours and then repeat the process on the backside of the board.
- Let everything dry for 24 hours and then seal it with a wood finishing spray.
Mount the Rack and Attach Hooks
- Using a stud finder, mark two wall studs where you will hang the coat rack.
- Hold the board up to the wall and mark two points on the board that line up with the studs. Note – The hooks will be placed over these screws, so make sure the holes are centered.
- Place the board on a flat surface and use the Black and Decker Drill and 1/8″ bit to pre-drill these two holes.
- Use two 2″ wood screws to attach the board to the wall.
- Next, mark where the hooks will be secured to the board. Tip – Make sure that the two screws attaching the board to the wall are covered by the hooks.
- Carefully, pre-drill holes for the hook screws with the 1/8″ bit.
- Line up the hooks with the pre-drilled holes and use the screws that were included with your hooks to attach them.
- Optional – To hang the basket, simply leave two screws sticking out a bit for the basket to hang on.
Your gorgeous, new coat rack is ready to use!
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