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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Not too Shabby....

I bought a coat rack with awesome hooks a while ago but haven't done anything with it because it might be a little too shabby or too clean looking :) My solution? Take the hooks off and slap them on some old rustic wood of course!

Here's my not so good before picture but just imagine 4 hooks on there.

Way to plain for me. Sorry all you clean loving purists :) After I took the hooks off, I went through my scrap pile of pallet boards and cut them all the same length with my chop caw.

I tried to use my Kreg Jig to attach the boards together, but they were all different widths and the screws were just popping through the front of the boards. So I just grabbed some scrap pieces of 1/4" plywood left over from our window trimming project and nailed them with 5/8" brad nails...easy.

I didn't want to wait for my husband to use his superhero measuring skills so I just eye balled it. I grabbed a blue marker that was on the work bench and colored the little knobs on the back of each hook so I could see where I needed to drill the holes.

Notice one is just a nub and the other is the actual hole for the screw to go through. That was easy enough, I just had to move my bit around to make the holes a bit larger to fit properly. Here's where a countersink bit would have been nice.

All layed out and almost done! I love how it looks and it's so much more unique and really makes me wonder what else I can re-purpose. I love wood but the one thing I absolutely hate is this...

I hate splinters!!! And you know what it doesn't matter how many splinters I get, I continue to skip wearing gloves. This was a big splinter...ouch. I took one for the team.

Once I pulled that massive log splinter out, my hooks were ready to hang. I did not want to have to put any obvious holes through the front to hang it. I thought about drilling the little nub hole all the way through and using that hole for my screws but, oh yeah, how will I get the hook back on. I'm so blonde sometimes. So I just nailed a piece of board to the wall, on the stud, using 2" nails. Using the nails will make it more difficult to remove I think, but nail holes are way smaller than screw holes so nails it is.

Then I just nailed my hooks to the smaller board. I wasn't able to use 2 studs so I hope that the 4 or so nails I put in are going to hold up.

I love it! Now the girls have somewhere to hang their towels instead of the floor.

My Bath House sign was super simple too but I won't bore you with details on that - Go check out Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors for a great tutorial on how to make signs.

Speaking of Donna, I'm linking up to Her Saturday Nite Special this week... just in case anyone else has some hooks laying around.


Bonny@Spontaneousniceties said...

Love it.

Cheryl said...

What a great project...I love it! And I agree with you...who needs clean when you can have rusty and chippy? Thanks for sharing this idea.
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

Hannah McConnell said...

I'm in love with this coat rack! GREAT idea!
Thank you for visiting me today. I'm now your newest follower!

oSoPurdy said...

Wow! Three whole comments, thank you so much! I really appreciate you guys taking the time to talk to me :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

LOL!!! I had to laugh at the sliver. I get them ALL. THE. TIME. I wonder why... :D

I'm sorry I've missed so many of your linikups. Your stuff is really neat! Glad to have found you!


oSoPurdy said...

Are you kidding me!? I feel like your a celebrity, I'm just honored to be recognized...you inspire me more than anything and have really helped me discover some talents over the past year so thanks!!!

les michous said...

Hello such a cool idea I found your blog just now and I have to enter geleich. Best regards from Switzerland Michou

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