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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Coat Rack made from an Old Door

We have a great mudroom area in our house, but when we moved in we didn't have anywhere to store our shoes, and all we had to hang our coats on were a few peg hooks behind the door. Not very efficient or attractive in my opinion.

I started planning out the storage bench and coat rack at the same time. The coat rack was definitely the less involved project. Below is a picture as I was laying out the project.

I started with a beautiful old antique door that had recessed panels. I cut the panels out with my jigsaw (if you have never cut out an interior shape, you always start by drilling a hole large enough to fit your jig saw blade in. Drill your hole in a corner, then insert your jigsaw and cut the rest of your shape.

Next, I used my router to get rid of the edge of the recessed panels on the back side. As you can see in the Sketch Up drawing below, I left the edge on the front side to support the mirror.

Then I could measure my opening and cut the mirror pieces to fit into the panels. I have a great resource for inexpensive mirror glass. I buy those cheap full length mirrors at discount stores like Target, Kmart or Walmart. Then I rip off the thin plastic frame and the paper backing. Use a glass cutter to score the front of the mirror and then snap the mirror in two pieces.  Then continue to cut until it is down to the size needed.

If you have never cut glass before, here is a short 1 minute video tutorial:

Next I sanded some of the silver off the back of the mirror to try to distress it. It took a while to do, and I'm not exactly thrilled with the distressing. Recently I stumbled across a few posts where paint stripper was used to distress mirrors. I would definitely use this route next time.

After all the mirror panels were cut to size, I laid them in the recess panel holes from the back and then used a thick bead of caulk around the edges to hold the mirror in place.

Next I had to build the shelf that the door would rest on. I recently bought two wall shelfs and brackets from a yard sale. I used one 7" deep shelf for the vertical edge (or backer board for the hooks to attach to.) I ripped the other shelf down to 5" inches (on a table saw) and used that to rest on top of the other shelf. To attach the two I simply screwed down through the horizontal shelf and into the backer board every 2 feet or more.

Then I added some decorative moulding using finish nails to secure them. You can see the different pieces on the edge.

I scoured eBay for a week until I found the perfect antique coat hooks. They are adorable and can hold many coats with the three prongs.

After everything was assembled, I located the studs in our mudroom wall and drilled holes into the backer board, then drove 3" screws into the wall studs.

The antique door rests slightly on the shelf, but it is also held secure by four L brackets that are mounted on the top and bottom.

Be sure that your coat rack is safely secured to the wall for safety reasons.
For this project I don't recommend using wall anchors. 
Take the time to find the studs, you will thank me four years from now when your coat rack is still holding up to children who can and will climb on anything!

I used Minwax Brazillian Rosewood gel stain to stain the bench and shelves. This was the stain color that matched the color of the antique door.

And there you have it! An antique coat rack to match my shoe storage bench.

I just love these eBay hooks! And the detailed moulding makes me happy.

Plenty of storage for coats for a family of four or more!

Learn how to build the mudroom shoe storage bench here.

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At August 4, 2010 at 3:41 PM , Blogger ChRiS said...

very very nice

At August 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

I liked the bench and I think the coat rack is awesome too!

At August 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM , Anonymous Becky@Organizing Made Fun said...

This is so great! I would like to think I was pretty handy (for a girl), but I don't think I have quite this much talent!

At August 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Wow - the whole thing is gorgeous!

At August 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Wow...Very cute! What a great way to use old things.

At August 5, 2010 at 1:37 AM , Blogger Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

I love the whole thing together! Well, I love each part separately too but especially together. Thanks for filling in for me. Great tutes.

At August 5, 2010 at 5:22 AM , Blogger Denise @ I Am Cre8ting said...

This is beautiful! I wish I had enough room for something like this. Of course my cats would use the shoe storage for beds. Maybe something on a smaller scale? Thanks for the inspiration!

At August 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM , Blogger Entertaining Women said...

My first visit to your blog, but not my last. Count me as a follower. Thank you for sharing your project. Cherry Kay

At August 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Blogger Alida L. said...

Wow that is fantastic! I have dreamed of something like this for my entryway but it's so tiny :-( Thank you for visiting my blog, I'm going to follow yours from now on!
Alida@I Make Stuff

At August 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM , Blogger Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

You constantly amaze me with your vision and crazy carpentry talents!! I love this!! Beautiful job!

At August 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM , Blogger Pam said...

That is amazing. I may have to try to make one this weekend (if I can pick up a door garage saling tomorrow). Thanks for the tutorial!

At August 6, 2010 at 12:06 AM , Blogger thriftytickle said...

Perfect! Please come by and link up to Vintage Suitcase Friday!

At August 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That turned out great! I love these kinds of projects.

Glad I stopped by from New Friend Friday!

At August 6, 2010 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Megs said...

Found you on New Friend Friday and I'm SO GLAD....You are so talented!!!! I can't wait to check in and see your projects...hopefully to get some "know how" for myself!! Wow!


At August 6, 2010 at 5:22 PM , Blogger said...

Wow, that looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to, I'll be linking.

At August 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM , Blogger Nesty Girl said...

Wow, that's beautiful! You are so talented!

I'm visiting from NFF. Have a great weekend!

At August 6, 2010 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Tidbits & Glitz said...

I love your coat hanger! It looks like a pottery barn item but better!! I found you on new friends friday and am now following:)

At August 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Wow! That coat hanger is gorgeous. I really like it. You are very talented and I hope to get up the courage to try something like that sometime! Enjoyed your blog-
Saw you on New Friends Friday. Stop by if you get a chance:

At August 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Just Beachy said...

Great project , I love your philosophy I think more girls should get down and dirty with their projects its good clean fun .

At August 8, 2010 at 10:11 PM , Blogger Meg said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I have a deep love of power tools, but I'm working my way up to your level. I don't want to build things badly, you know? This is awesome.

At August 9, 2010 at 7:47 AM , Blogger A Pretty Pastime said...

Absolutely stunning! and a great tutorial :-) I found you through One Pretty Thing and have become your newest follower.


At August 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Ginger said...

I am drooling! I LOVE it! Great job! It looks like a very expensive set!

At August 28, 2010 at 3:13 AM , Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

Fabulous! The outcome is so high end and elegant. Wow! And your install instructions are so awesome. I really appreciated all the info.

I've put you on this weekend's SNS sidebar. :)


At August 28, 2010 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

SO pretty!


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