DIY Coat Rack

I have always been a very creative person, but over the last few years, I have found myself relying on Pinterest for all my ideas.  Although there are some amazing creations on Pinterest,  I miss my originality.  So this project was inspired completely by myself walking through the hardware store. Take a look for yourself!

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What You’ll Need

  • 2.5″ pine board to the length you desire ( mine was 30″)
  • 6″ plywood or board of your choice to the same length as the smaller board
  • 7 pieces of different size doweling ( the thickest piece was the same thickness as the pine board)
  • Stain in the colours of your choice ( I used 5 different colours in total)
  • Sand Paper 120 grit
  • Screws
  • Weldbond Glue
  • Coat Rack Hooks ( I used 7 for this project)
  • Hanging Hooks

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All of this you can get from one place! Your local building supplies store


Step One: Sand & Stain

Sanding the wood is very crucial before staining.  You need to remove the layer of sap that forms when wood gets smoothed out from the planer.  If you do not, stain is unable to penetrate the wood and is more likely to fail.

I used Minwax Ebony stain for the 2.5″ piece of pine I had.  I also stained all the edges of the larger piece of wood for a better over all look.

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Step Two: Attaching

Attach the two pieces of wood together using screws from the back side.

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Step Three: Hanging

Attach your hanging attachments evenly on the back of the board

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Step Four: Hooked On 

Getting the right spacing for the different hooks was a bit of a pain, but after a lot of measuring, I got them perfect!  I used painters tape to show the exact location of the hooks.

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Step Five: Cut the Doweling

I taped all the pieces of doweling together so it was easier to cut with the hand saw and pieces wouldn’t fly everywhere.  I wanted all the sizes to be random, I just made sure that the smallest pieces were tall enough to cover the back board.

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Step Six: Sand the Edges

Sand all the edges of the doweling so you don’t get slivers and it looks nicer.

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Step Seven: Stain the Doweling

I divided the doweling pieces into four groups for my four different stain colours.  In the groups were different lengths and thickness’.  Allow plenty of time for the stain to dry and don’t forget to stain at least one end of the doweling

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Step Eight: Glue the doweling on

I use Weldbond glue for everything!  It’s my favorite glue to use for these type of projects.

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 I put all the doweling in a box and just picked randomly as I glued them down.

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I worked with about 4″ sections so the glue wouldn’t set up too fast.

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Allow to dry for a few hours

Step Nine: Hang and Enjoy!

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