Today I am going to show you how to make this coat rack out of a pallet! I actually guest blogged over at A Little Tipsy a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share it on my blog in case you missed it!
I actually only had to buy a couple of things for the Pallet Coat Rack. I spent a grand total of about $7. If you would like to make one, this is what you will need:
Sander & Sand Paper
Flat Head Screw Driver
Glue (I used Tacky, my fav!)
Drill and Drill Bits (opt.)
Decide which board you will remove. I tried hammering off the board, but only cracked it…oops. I discovered that it was much easier to wedge the screwdriver between the boards and hammer the end of the screwdriver. This way the wood separates without cracking. Remove nails.
I was about to try for a new board after cracking the first one, but then I decided the cracks added some character. To keep them from splitting more, I attached a few of these flat metal brackets. I found them at the hardware store. They come in handy with wood projects all the time!
I lightly sanded the board to smooth the rough edges and ends to prevent splintering. I didn’t want to sand too much, because I wanted the words to remain on the board.
To decorate the board, I used a paper pad that had coordinating papers. I cut the paper into squares and rectangles to create a pattern. I really like the look of bare wood showing through. (I also thought it would be fun to paint chevron stripes.)
I looked for coat hooks at the hardware store, but they were pretty pricey. (The joys of small town hardware stores...). I wasn't going to spend $3 per hook, so I decided I would keep looking. I found these egg stands at the craft store in the wood section. When you turn them upside down, they make perfect hooks for hanging things!
I spray painted them white so they would stand out from the paper and the natural wood color.
To attach them, I drilled holes that were slightly smaller than my screws through the pallet. Then, I twisted the screws through until they were flush with the front of the board. Then, I put the hooks on top and carefully twisted the screw into the wood. (To make this easier, do this step before you glue on the paper - that's what I did!)
Then, I unscrewed my attached knobs and filled the hole in the knob with tacky glue and also put a bunch of glue around the inner section to stop slipping.
Finish with a few layers of sealant spray, and then attach hanging hardware. Fun, huh? I made this for my aunt and she loved it (which made me very glad!)