After taking too long to finish my entryway coat rack, it is now done and I’m happy to report that the whole family is really liking it. Today I’m going to share with you just how I made my rustic farmhouse style entryway coat rack.
First I’ll show you some before and after pictures.Those are always fun! 🙂
Although the bureau was very functional (the drawers held returns and items that were left by visitors which needed to be returned), the piece was very dark and since my entry tends to be a little dark anyways, I wanted to brighten it up. The basket to the right of the bureau holds the kids’ shoes that they wear every day.
I typically only allow 1 coat per household member on the coat rack but sometimes they sneak in a few others.
My walls are currently painted a nice warm yellow but I didn’t like the looks of the finished coat rack on the yellow wall, so I decided to paint the wall white. I’m a little unsure of myself when it comes to making these kinds of decisions, so I only painted the one wall. I think I would like to paint the rest of the house white but I’m still thinking it through and that makes my husband happy because 1) he really wants to keep the yellow, 2) he hates painting and 3) it will be pretty expensive to hire out if he doesn’t do it. (I’m not sure I’m up to the task either!) 🙁
The next picture shows the wall white but no rustic coat rack yet.
I bought 3 baskets and placed them under a bench that I already owned and moved to the entryway. The baskets are now holding shoes and returns. It’s a necessity since the shoes need a place to go when the kids come in the door. It helps keep things clutter free, too and that’s always a plus!
Once the wall was painted we could hang our new coat rack up. My hubby did a splendid job.
If you would like to make one here’s what you need to purchase and the directions to make your own.
- 1×4 boards
- wood glue
- screw gun w/ screws
- 1×8 board (for shelf)
- 2 brackets to support shelf
- wood stain
Step 1 – Cut your 1×4 boards the length that you want your coat rack to be, then lay them together as the picture shows.
Step 2 – Cut 2 boards the height of your coat rack to use for the backing that will hold all the boards together. (See picture)
Step 3 – Glue the backing boards on using wood glue.
Next you will screw it down.
To keep all the boards tightly together so there would not be big gaps, we used a clamp to hold the boards in place.
Step 4 – Pre-drill your screw holes so your wood won’t split when screwing the screws in, then once you have pre-drilled them, go ahead and screw them in all the way.
Step 5 – Paint your coat rack.
Step 6 – Add knobs. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby and waited until they had them at 50% off.
Step 7 – I then cut a 1x8x5 board the width of the coat rack and then stained it. (Sorry, no pictures of this step.)
Step 8 – Then my handy husband screwed the brackets onto the coat rack, screwed the whole thing to the wall and lastly, mounted the shelf and screwed it on. The screws that went into the wall are hidden behind the shelf.
Thank you to my husband, Russell for helping me on this project. I couldn’t have done it without him… or at least it wouldn’t have looked near as good!