Monday, August 27, 2012

Repurposed drawer front to coat rack

I picked up this old drawer front on a recent trip to the local Re-Store Habitat for humanity for $1.
I first thought I would use it to make a sign for my gallery wall in the family room then decided it would be more useful with hooks for our master bath and will work right into my bedroom makeover (more to come on that later).

I am sure I could have found some hooks at Re-Store as well but, when I found these beauties at Home Depot I fell in love. The crystals and the brushed nickel finish really pop off the black. They where not the cheapest though - costing around $5 each. Sometimes it's OK to spend a couple  bucks more than you had planned - right?

I was expecting that the screws would be too long but wanted to see how the  hooks looked first (didn't know if I would be bringing them back for a refund). Turns out I was right - the screws were too long but I love the way the hooks look.

So I'll need to make another trip to Home Depot to get shorter screws and one more hook,
 I bought three but think it will look better with four.

Yay! my DH needed something from Home Depot so I had him pick me up some shorter screws and another hook. I love when I can delegate!

Now to deal with this crevice and the screw holes from the previous drawer handle.

Some wood filler and a disposable rubber glove. I always have both on hand.

Making sure to overfill the holes just a little will ensure a flat surface later.

Let dry completely.

Now dry, it's time to sand off the excess wood filler.

Using fine sand paper, I sanded down until smooth then wiped of the dust.

Another chance to delegate - I had my DH add some keyholes with a router to the back for hanging.

Now a fresh coat of black paint to make the finish cohesive. But first a great tip I found on Pinterest is to use thumb tacks to raise your paint project for painting, making it easy to paint the edges and eliminate it from sticking to whatever you use under your painting.

I sanded the finish to give it an aged look and then measured for hook placement and pre-drilled the holes and installed the hooks.

It's now ready to hang and enjoy!

This would also work great for coats in an entryway.

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment, I look forward to hearing from you.



  1. Wow, this looks terrific! I think I will have to make one. :)

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  2. I love this idea! Who doesn't have enough coat hooks? :-)

  3. Really nice Holly, you do such beautiful work. I love the crystals too, and now I know where to get them. Thanks!


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