I made a modern rustic DIY vintage hook coat rack for the North House #54 side entry last fall. It was easy to make, basically it was vintage style hooks on a long pine board. What I love about this coat rack is that it would fit perfectly in a modern farmhouse, a rustic modern setting or just about anywhere. Another coat rack that would fit perfectly in a modern rustic setting is this Chevron DIY Coat Rack . Maybe you live at on the coast, or just love the beach and/or whales…if that’s the case, then this DIY coastal whale coat rack or if you’re tight on space, how about this Live Edge Coat Rack, might be more your style. On either, I think my DIY Rustic Garland would look great.
This is the 54 side of the North House. Many of you know I spent last fall remodeling and decorating this side of our guest house in Vermont. As soon as I hung the DIY vintage coatrack on the wall, this space started looking cozy!
I don’t need to share how to make a coat rack with you guys, I think it’s pretty self explanatory. Take a board , add a few hooks and you’ve got yourself a functional coat rack. You guys know functional alone won’t do it for me, I need pretty.
So I’m sharing tips to make an exceptional coat rack that you’d be happy to hang in your home, one that people will say Wow, where’d you get that awesome coat rack? …and then you can reply “I made it!”.
How to Make a Modern Rustic DIY Vintage Hook Coat Rack
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Supplies needed to make a DIY vintage hook coat rack like mine.
- 4 foot pine or other wood board
- vintage style hooks like mine
- wood mushroom style buttons
- paint or stain finish
- clear wax
- Ryobi Orbital Sander
1. Choose quality wood for your coatrack. Make sure it’s not warped or bowed. If there are knots in it be sure they are in the center of the coat rack and are flat.
2. Sand the daylights out of it. Use your palm sander or random orbital sander and heavily sand down all four corners and square edges. Sand down the sharp edges of the back side corners a tad and get the straight edges too.
3. Give your DIY coatrack a furniture quality finish. I used my tea stain recipe as a base and let it dry about 50%. Next I used the weathered wood accelerator and let dry overnight. The two stains layered gave the wood a beautiful multidimensional finish. The grand finale and big secret to my stained wood finishes is clear furniture wax. Yep, wax like you’d use on a painted piece of furniture. I gave this coatrack 2 coats of Fiddes clear wax and buffed it. …it turned out beautiful and has lots of depth just like a piece of furniture you’d buy in a fine furniture store.
4. Drill pilot holes to mount your hand made coat rack to the studs in your wall. Use wood buttons to cover the holes and give them the same finish as your coat rack. Of course, you’ll wait to put these in until after you hang your awesome new coat rack 🙂
There you have it. An easy to make but stunning DIY vintage hook coat rack that wil addd loads of character to your home.
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I know many of my readers like what I create but may not have the time to make one too. I found a few similar coatracks that are ready made. All you need to do is hang them!
I found this coat rack with vintage hooks on Etsy already put together and it looks almost like mine.
Rustic modern and modern farmhouse decor is popular. Here’s another vintage style coat rack with hooks I found on Houzz that I love! I would have purchased this one in a heartbeat.
So… I’m curious my friends, are you a heck yeah, I’m going to make this or a just deliver it to my front door kind of person? Share in the comments below!
The color of the coat rack is beautiful. It looks warm & cozy. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Hi Jenny and thank you so much! I loved how this simple coat rack turned out. I’ve been eyeing the extra hooks I had left over for a version of this for home.
Ellen from Ask Away Blog says
That is so cool!!!!! I’m def gonna try that! I love that deer head too. We have faux deer head décor all over our home.
Hi Ellen! Thanks! This is definitely one of my favorite easy DIYs to make. A set of these is perfect for gifts too. Thanks so much for your visit and comment:)
Heck yeah, I’m gonna make this! Thanks, Wendi! I feel like coat racks are something we never have enough of. My husband throws his coat on the floor!
Hi J! That’s awesome to hear. I love…like love this coatrack. Ever since I made this one I’m painfully aware that I don’t have an entry hall dump zone or coat rack in Fl at our own home. Love the fact that this is a one-board easy project too! Have fun making it and thanks for your visit and comment!
Nina Harbaugh says
I’m enjoying your coat rack, the color, the hooks, the “mushroom” bottoms to cover the screws…but what I really like is how you sanded the corners down to soften them, so it’s not so squared. Great job!!
Hi Nina… That’s a good question! There is no mystery to this project. Sand and then sand some more 🙂 What will help make the project go quicker is using a random orbital sander. They are more powerful than the small handheld sanders. Either will work though.. Just start with a rough grit like an 80 and work your way up to a smooth grit sand paper like a 150 or 220. You can easily make one of these! Share a picture if you do! Thanks so much for your visit and your great question!
This not only looks beautiful but is functional as well. I love how it looks on The North House wall.
Hi Paula! Thank you. This side needed a coat rack in the worst way. Every time I stayed here I had no where to drop my stuff when I walked in the door. I love it so much, I’ve decided to make one for home, just not in the dark wood:) Of course, it may take a while for me to get around to it!
Bryan Patterson says
I’m a make it kind of person it’s great therapy for anxiety plus I just like hand made
Hi Bryan! I hear you! For the most part, I’d rather make something by hand than buy it. Which of course causes issue sometimes because my limiting factor is time. It feels like I get one project off of my list and at east two more get added. I’m sure you have the same challenge! Thanks for your visit and taking the time to leave a note!