This easy coat rack shelf made from a cabinet door project makes me smile. It was fairly easy the way I made it, but I have tips on how you can make it easier if you don't have the tools I have.
You can see the simple construction is a long narrow cabinet door with one shelf attached to the top. I really like the dual use of a coat rack that not only has hooks, but a small shelf as well.
Reclaimed Cabinet Doors for Projects
Check out this nice stash of cabinet doors. I like to pick them up whenever I can find a good deal. There are so many projects that can be made from reclaimed cabinet doors. Don't forget to ask your friends and family for their old cabinet doors. You know if they decide they like open shelving in their kitchen and remove their cabinets.
I chose that tall cabinet door hiding in the back of this stash. It really was perfect for this project!
Attaching a shelf with pocket holes
No worries if you don't have a Kreg Jig, I'll explain below how easy this shelf was to attach.
Time to Paint
I knew I was going to be making this cabinet door into a coat rack, but as I was painting it, I noticed it was flat (not routed) on this side. That made me think it would be perfect as a small shelf.
Let's add a shelf to the coat rack
I ripped a 1x6 down to about 4” and attached it with my nail gun. It needed a couple of coats of Daredevil to catch up to the cabinet door.
If you don't have a nail gun, you could use small wood screws through the shelf into the cabinet door. NOTE: Cabinet doors can be made from hardwoods, pre-drilling your hole may be helpful.
Wax, Glaze, or Wash to Tone Down Red Paint
I had several options of wax to choose from. To see which wax I wanted to use, I painted a stir stick with the Daredevil, then put some of each of the waxes over it. In the end, I decided to do a dry brush technique with some Black Bean paint. This is before I started using my favorite Smoked Glaze. It would have looked awesome on this red.
I love dark glazed red, and my favorite way to tone down a red is with a dark wash or glaze.
Clear wax seals the coat rack shelf
It looked good, but after I started applying the Heirloom Traditions Clear Wax, it magically transformed into the prettiest dark red. When using the Smoked Glaze, it acts as a sealer with no waxing needed. 🙂
Add finishing touches
I added d rings on 16” centers, and attached felt pads over the screw heads (from the coat hooks) to protect the wall.
Coat Rack Shelf
I love, love, love this color on my new coat rack shelf! I added the coat hooks from D. Lawless Hardware. Would you believe I finally figured out how to secure these hooks?
TIP Insert screws at a slight angle so the head of the screws sit properly and the screws protrude less in the back.
I am so happy that I added the little shelf.
Another very functional shelf. I love quick and easy projects like this. It would be great for the bathroom, mudroom, or guest room. Where would you use it?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.