Tuesday, 27 May 2014

In the Home: DIY Pallet coat hanger

Today I wanted to share with you a simple little DIY that might be just what your entryway is lacking. I have been wanting to do something with pallets for a while so I finally coaxed the Mr. and convinced him to let me bring home a small pallet, from the trash :) I had my eye on a few pallet coat hangers from pinterest and wanted to make my own.

What you'll need:

Sand paper
Paint brush
2 clean cloths/rags
Drop cloth, if working indoors
Protective gloves
Hanging bracket
Over the door hooks or shower hooks

So since I wanted to make this an entryway coat hanger, the biggest dilemma was, how are we going to secure it, without making huge gaping holes in the wall. Gotta love Home Depot! This nifty bracket holds up to 100lbs and only takes 3 normal size screws. This is a pic from Home Depots website because, well I forgot to take a before pic of it:)

Find it here

What to do:

.Sand it! Wipe away the debris with a damp cloth (some pallets may need a really good sanding) you want to make sure it's smooth so you won't snag your coats and get splinters.

.Stain it! I used a dark walnut. If you've never used stain before, read the directions! You can't just paint it on, you have to paint it on and then wipe it off with a clean cloth (protective gloves are recommended). The longer you leave it on, the darker the stain becomes as it soaks into the wood.

.Hang it! You attach one side of the bracket to the pallet and one side to the wall and they slide into each other (can also be used for any heavy frame).

.Hook it! I found these felt over the door hooks at the container store, a much simpler alternative to screwing in hooks and I can move them around! They are soft and durable. Find similar here I also used some shower curtain hooks for some contrast.

I still have plans to make many more things with pallets, I just need to do some more convincing with the Mr :)


In the Home

rae xo

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