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Our entry way has been in the same state for the amount of years we’ve lived in this house. It’s hilarious because for so long, I’ve allowed myself, our home, and basically everything to stay in the same ole rut. This year I’ve been determined, though, to make changes… To “do” all the things I’ve talked about doing but have procrastinated on doing. One of those things has been switching up some of our home decor to make it fit us as a family, our adventures together, our personalities… Well, you get the picture. We desperately needed somewhere to hang jackets, besides just the closet, especially for guests. So I created an aged wood coat rack (with a personality) using fun drawer knobs.
Wanna make your own? It’s so easy peasy. Keep reading for all the details.
Supplies You’ll Need for an Aged Wood Coat Rack
You’ll need a few supplies for this project, including the following:
- 1 fence picket
- Speed square
- Tape measure
- Carpenter’s pencil
- 2 sponge paint brushes
- 1 quart jar with lid
- White vinegar
- #0000 grade steel wool
- Black tea
- 400 grit sandpaper
- 5 drawer knobs with nuts
- Spade bit to match the nut size
- Drill bit to match the knob bolt size
- 4 screws for hanging
How to Prep the Wood for Your Coat Rack
Your first step is to cut the fence picket to the size you prefer. I used a cedar fence picket we bought at Lowe’s for just a couple bucks.
Use a tape measure and speed square, along with a carpenter’s pencil, to measure out the holes for your drawer knobs. Use your spade bit to drill a hole in the back side of your wood. This will help to countersink the nut. Then you’ll use the drill bit to drill the hole for the knob bolt.
How to Age Your Wood Coat Rack
Once your board is cut to the preferred size, you can begin the aging process. This is where I’m going to point you to the instructions I used for aging my own coat rack. It was so simple and easy using Gadgets and Grain’s tutorial for Getting a Vintage Wood Look. First I brushed on a good coat of black tea. When I got to the part where I used my oxidation solution, I could NOT believe the transformation that took place in a matter of seconds right before my eyes. It was awesome. I had that same feeling you get when you’re vacuuming up a bunch of stuff, and it’s there one second and gone the next… So satisfying, you know? No? Just me? Well… It was awesome, that’s all I’m going to say.Follow his tutorial for the entire process, and you’ll be all set.
Once you’ve completed the aging process, then you’re ready to add the drawer knobs as coat hangers. I found my drawer knobs at Hobby Lobby. I’d picked these up over time and at one time, had found the Triceratops and T.rex. I wasn’t going to use them at first, but the more I thought about it, and with the encouragement of my hubby and kids, I decided what the heck. Why not? I LOVE the way it all turned out.
So, to Add Those Drawer Knobs to Your Aged Wood Coat Rack…
Push the drawer knobs in, and add the nut on the back, making sure each knob is good and tight. You can also add a washer in between the knob and the front side of the board if you want the knob to stick out a bit more.
Once all your knobs are in, you’ll use a grinder to shave off the excess bolt on the back of your board.
Hang your aged wood coat rack using 4 screws.
And that’s it! It’s an easy project but definitely one you can give a fun personality. With 3 boys, we definitely had to add in a Triceratops and T.rex with our birds and owls. Happy DIY’ing!
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Want another fun project to make with any leftover drawer knobs? Make Jewelry Hangers from Drawer Knobs!