12/06/2012 | By: Kristy Creighton

Reclaimed Deck Wood Coat Rack Tutorial

Hi, everyone! If you follow me on FACEBOOK, you saw that I posted a sneak peek of today's project. I have to say, this one is so from-the-hip that I wasn't sure if it would turn out a project success or a project fail. (But, you know me - you've would have seen the report either way, warts-and-all girl that I am! LOL)

But, as it turns out, this simple tutorial is well-worth sharing, in my honest opinion! I even got unsolicited thumbs up from all the normally-disinterested men in my family! So, maybe I should have titled this post "Decide on something you don't have, hit your trash dumpsters, grab whatever you have in the garage, and hope for the best!"

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If you remember in my POST on Monday, I repainted my small bedroom. One of my walls is just a big expanse of emptiness. But, with the bed being right there, I can't put a piece of furniture on it. Plus, I'm a flinger. You know, a flinger - one of those people who have the best of intentions of putting everything away all the time, but actually hangs it on a doorknob or flings it over the foot of the sleigh bed? Well, that's me a lot of the time. Now, please note my big, empty, yellow space:

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That there is a whole 'lotta yellow. I love the color - don't get me wrong. But what used to occupy that space was a print that I didn't have another place for and a three-peg hanging rack that was really bathroom sized. I wanted something big and dramatic. Something woody, but old and full of character. I also wanted something right now and CHEAP like the budgie.

Well, I didn't want to go to the hardware store to buy wood. Then I remembered that The Hubster had had to replace a couple boards on our deck over the summer and, me being me, I stashed the boards under the deck "just in case." I ran out and grabbed one, happy that my "just in case" argument was finally going to be justified! Open-mouthed smile

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It was covered in mud, probably was full of creepy-crawlies, had a few paint spots on it, and had worn off remnants of stain still visible. In other words - perfect! (Well...free, at any rate.)

I scrubbed the board with hot water, soap, oil soap, and then with clear water again until I was sure it was clean. I let it dry and then The Hubster cut the broken end off for me. I tried not to gloat that my "garbage" was actually getting used!

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I didn't want this perfectly stained. I rather liked the aged, worn look of the board, but it needed something. So, we grabbed one of my cans of Minwax with a hint of red in hit and dry rubbed some color into the board with a paper towel. Very casual, hit-and-miss color. Remember, this is NOT a finish, just an accent - an aging technique, if you will. I had no fixed plan. We just rubbed color into the board and let it drift away as the paper towel went completely dry. I didn't care for our first attempt, so we flipped the board and tried again. We eyeballed it, used even less color, and, when I liked what I saw, it was done!

Then, I grabbed the four large, brushed nickel hooks I had picked up awhile ago at Goodwill for a total of $6. Again, perfect!

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And, finally, my paint, a sponge brush, and a few of my stencils. (I always like to keep my current paint colors in mason jars for easy touch-ups. I have a bad habit of moving things around, rehanging wall d├ęcor, etc. LOL I'm always patching and painting something.)

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Because I was doing this totally on the fly, after I mounted the board to the wall, I remembered I had to measure out the placement of my hooks. You might want to do that before you mount your board. But, having lived with me my whole life, I'm pretty used to my shenanigans, so I've gotten good at backtracking. LOL

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Then I drilled pilot holes. That deck wood is HARD!

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I affixed my four hooks and then played with my stencils until I decided what I wanted where. I didn't measure. I'm sure they aren't exact. I literally held them in place with my hand while I dabbed paint on the stencil. I chose my wall paint color. Two reasons - 1) I thought it would be a nice accent and 2) it was the first color I could reach. Not even kidding.

I even left the original drill holes on the unbroken end! I thought it gave it more character.

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Not too shabby, huh? LOL I was going to add more stencil work, but then I decided I liked the simplicity of it.

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It took me all of five minute to start filling up the hooks. LOL

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So, here she is!! This project is almost completely free! $6 if you want to count the Goodwill hooks I already had on hand. Everything else was something I already had from another project! And the stencils, when I did buy them, were about $2 a piece, which puts us at a pricey $8!!

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What do you think for a completely unplanned, spur-of-the-moment project? Is it Thumbs up or Thumbs down ? Would you keep it or throw it back in the dumpster? Enquiring minds REALLY want to know, so hit me up with some truth in the comments!

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Bunny Girl said...

Great tutorial!


SimplyyMayra said...

Hola Kristy!
Stopping by via TOTB hop and left you some GFC love and support #216! Congratz! Looking forward to getting to know more about you and yours as well as sharing the love and support :)

~SimplyyMayra of PonderWonders
@ www.simplyymayra.com

Leisure M. said...

This is a good idea. I need to make one for my purse and my keys. Not really for coats. lol. I'm one of your newest followers from the followers to friends blog hop. I would love for you to follow me back!

Lara Takahashi said...

New follower via Think Outside the Blog ^^
You're doing some seriously great job! I wish I had the space to do the same!
You have a tarantula <3 I want one too but my hubby is scared of spideys :< We have an iguana :3
x, Lara

Terri Burfield said...

Great job Kristy, I love the end with the nail holes in it! Thanks for sharing.

Samantha Curtis said...

Thanks for stopping by! Following you back :)

LarasVintage said...

Following you from the GFC Blog Hop :)
xx Sandra

Esther Davison said...

Hi Kristy! I am loving this tutorial! Esther Norine Designs

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Aghh, I LOVE this! HOW CUTE!

Mom In The USA said...

Hi Kristy,
This is so awesome. My husband is a flinger too. This is a great project to curb that habit. Thank you for sharing.


Nikki said...

Wow! You are super crafty - I always want to do things like this but never can seem to get around to do it. :) Found you via the Aloha Blog Hop.
Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

Melissa said...

I love it. My husband and I have done a couple DIY projects and I'm so looking forward to doing more. The best tip is when you see things like the hooks at Goodwill for only $6--pick them up because if you went out to purchase those for this project they would have been probably 5x that amount or more!

Crystelle Boutique said...

What a gorgeous coat rack! And those hooks.... swoon!

hugs x

Sarah Evans said...

Hey - this is a great project - I love it.

Thanks for linking up :)

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

allisamazing said...

What a great project! Love it :)

twelveOeight said...

Beautiful upcycle, I love the rustic wood against the yellow wall :)

xoxo, Tanya

Angela said...

Love it! Discovered your blog via the Twirl and Take a Bow linky party. You have a new GFC follower ;-)


Kristin Cho said...

absolutely love this! I have access to tons of old boards and am desperate for storage space. You've solved my issue! Nice to meet you today through Fancy Little Things =D

Jodi S said...

definite thumbs up. love the low cost project from "just in case" items. my husband and i are notorious for these items and i call it "hoarding with a purpose" when you are crafty... you just never know :) great job!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Love it! I'd love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

Designed Decor said...

It's a keeper! I love the stencils and words! Found you through Made in a day blog hop!


Robin said...

Looks amazing! I have something similar hanging in my bedroom and it helps keep the flinging in check. LOL.

Christine said...

I love it! I also could fill one of those in no time flat

Genevieve Thul said...

LOVE! Pinning this as I have a ton of reclaimed lumber from an old barn that I really need to put to use...

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

It is perfect!! Those hooks rock!

thehomemakerspost.com said...

I think it's really beautiful, and I've been wanting to try something like this for awhile...Im just looking for a scrap piece of wood! Thanks for posting this,
Amanda :)

Laurie atSimplyCreatingHome said...

It's a thumbs up from me! I love "from-the-hip" projects, and I think yours was a success. It's especially nice when you can reclaim something for another purpose! I started following you via G+,Fbook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I'd love a follow back if you'd like!

Pam Jackson said...

Great job....I do a lot of recycling of items for craft projects or I go to Goodwill and reclaim something to recycle. Thanks for sharing.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Thanks for linking up!

Christine said...

Great way to use the big wall. LOVE the coat rack!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Tracie MiddleClassModern said...

Such a great project!

Cottage and Broome said...

Great project, simple but beautiful done! Thanks for sharing it, Laura

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very pretty!! I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu

victoriantailor said...

Very good for "on the fly", looks great!

Heather and Holly said...

I LOVE it! I found you at a link party this weekend and i'm so glad that I did, I love you blog and am a new follower!


Jody and Stan said...

Love this tutorial! Thanks for linking up at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Would love for you to grab my button! Have a great weekend!


Isabelle Thornton said...

You are featured on my blog and on Facebook! Thanks for linking!!

Stacey said...

Looks great! Love what you did :o)
Thanks for sharing!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Wow, Kristy, that looks amazing - love great thrifty finds! I have moved my blog, my party will be up as usual. You can find me at http://adelightsomelife.com. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Good Time Charlie said...

I LOVE it!! You are too funny, great post! Thank you so much for sharing with me at Redoux. Featuring at my party on Thursday, Merry Christmas! -K

Betsy Pool said...

Looks wonderful!! I love how the words stand out, even when clothes are hanging. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

nice save on that old wood! Happy you found a great purpose for it.

your coat rack turned out fabulous!

The Thriftiness Miss said...

Hi there! Stopping by to let you know that I featured this on Weekend Wonders tonight! Come by and grab a feature button if you'd like..

You can find it here: http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com/2012/12/weekend-wonders-20-and-features.html#.UNPKhG_BFPI

Thanks for linking up on Weekend Wonders and Happy Holidays to you!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Wonderful project!
I like the wood, the hooks (can't go wrong with reclaimed wood and GW hooks!)

via MRL, Pat

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

Hi Kristy,
This coat rack is so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
This weeks party is live. Here is the link to the party
Debi @ Adorned From Above
Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

Hey! I featured you on my Make Something Monday link party today! Hope you'll come be again this week!

~ Sarah


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