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 dΓ©cor, 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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47 thoughts on “Reclaimed Deck Wood Coat Rack Tutorial

  1. Melissa says:

    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!

  2. Kristin Cho says:

    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

  3. Jodi S says:

    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 πŸ™‚ great job!

  4. Laurie atSimplyCreatingHome says:

    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!

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