Last year in August when we moved our two into an apartment together for college, Spunky Daughter requested a coat rack in the front hallway by the door. And, y’all know first-hand how I can delay…stall…ponder…and delay some more while finding inspiration that fit the order (SD’s style/wants). She loves anything with a rustic or vintage look.
Everything I started creating for the coat rack brought the same question: How will I make it secure enough for the sheet rock wall?
I had a couple of fails. Awful, really, no lie. And, when I finally found the mojo, the coat rack was done in no time flat!
All you need is an old cabinet door. Clean it and paint it if necessary.
At some point during this past year, Handy Builder Dad gave me a stack of old cabinet doors from kitchens he renovated. They looked nearly new, so I didn’t have to do anything to this one except clean it. Woo-hoo, and thanks, HBD!
Collect hooks and adornments.
Also along the way, I bought four new hooks, and SD bought a copy of a print of the former Old Main building on campus. It was a dorm building that her grandfather lived in while attending school there in the late 1950’s. As an ag school, Mississippi State began with a different name.
Old Main burned in January, 1959, after Mr. Hood Sr. had moved out of the dorm building.
Our kids love the idea of walking the same campus (and halls, in some cases) their grandfather walked so long ago – and also later, their dad. Since SD wanted to frame and hang the Old Main print, I decided to include it with the coat rack, and that’s when the final idea was born!
I had a leftover vintage faucet knob hook from the French Country Plate Shelf redo. Remember these?
I’m so glad I didn’t paint that fourth hook! I added it to the set of hooks I’d purchased for the coat rack.
Arrange everything to your liking for a test run.
After settling everything into place, I snapped a picture for SD’s approval before attaching. (You may have seen this picture on Instagram.)
Attach everything in place.
I used a mixture of half water/half school glue (home-made Mod Podge) under and over the picture. As soon as it dried, we scooted off to the apartment to install my surprise.
Hang on your wall.
Since the hinges were still securely intact, they provided a perfect way to attach the door to the wall (and hold the weight of heavy winter coats).
Fifty-pound zinc counter-screws at each hinge that has no stud behind helps everything hold, too!
Do you have any old cabinet doors? What do plan to do with them?