Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DIY Coat Rack

DIY Coat Rack In 10ish Easy steps

What you'll need:

  • Wood
  • Hooks
  • At least 4 picture hooks OR use a picture hanging set (found here)
  • Ink pen or pencil
  • Stain or Paint (latex paint (you choose the color) and latex paint (you choose the color))
    • Tips and tricks: Learn more about white washing here.
    • How to: Make your whitewash mixture by mixing two parts white or light gray latex paint and one part water. There are also white stains available at your local hardware store if you would like to take the guess work out of it.
  • Sand paper
  • Lint-free rags
  • Stain brush
  • Rubber Gloves

Lets get started!

1. Prep your unfinished wood by Sanding the surface of your wood. Once sanding is complete, clean the surface with a dry cloth to remove any dust.

2. Using your paint brush, apply your whitewash mixture in long strokes following the wood grain. If you're using a whitewash mixture, be sure to note that it tends to dry quickly, so work in small sections.

3. While the whitewash is still damp, wipe off excess with a clean rag. This will allow even more of the wood grain to show through in your design.

4. Allow the piece to dry completely and then repeat step 2 and 3 until you’ve reached a desired level of coverage. This can be different for each individual! Allow your creative eye to tell you when enough is enough.

5. After the piece is completely dry, you can sand again to allow more of the wood grain to show through, or to just even out areas that have gathered too much paint.

6. Seal the piece with a water-based poly applied in long , even strokes. Water-based poly is best for this surface because it’s white. Oil-based poly will add a yellow hint, and take away from that fresh white glow!

7. Place your hooks where you want them:

8. Drill your hooks in (I suggest doing this on the floor and with an electric drill)

9. Add your picture hooks to the top backside of your coat rack.

10. Hang your coat rack, step back and admire your work!


Now, as you can see, my boyfriend ended up drilling the rack directly into the concrete with screws made for drilling into concrete- I don't suggest this as we will be left with nasty holes to fill when we move. 

You can use any paint color you want and turn it into a "wash".  I chose white was because of the color scheme I have in my dining room and entry way. Feel free to play around with the color! 

If shopping at the home depot, they will cut the wood to size for you, free of charge. 

Check with your local home improvement store or online for hooks that will match the style you're going for.

Looking back on this project, it did not come out as I had expected but it was my first time playing with whitewashing. Don't get me wrong, I am still very happy with the results. I had everything lying around the house so I did not spend a single dime out of pocket for anything but the hooks (Incase you're wondering what the total cost of this project was)

I do hope you have enjoyed yet another one of my DIY projects, please let me know your thoughts! 


  1. What a beautiful coat hook. It looks lovely with the pictures above it. Adds a splash of colour :-) Thanks for sharing it.

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    2. Thank you! I felt the paintings were not enough and something was needed below. There truly wasn't enough room for a show so I figured a coat rack would be perfect as I also had no place to hang my purse.

  2. Looks like a great DIY, we need a coat rack too!

    1. Thank you, Jenni! If you make one be sure to send me a picture!