In this post How to make a headboard coat rack, I'll show you how to turn a vintage spool bed into a fun and unique coat rack using vintage coat hooks and doorknobs.
I felt that this vintage spool bed was not strong enough to make a headboard bench, but it was so darn cute, I knew it was worthy of a fabulous project. Some small repairs needed to be made using clamps and gorilla wood glue.
Vintage doorknobs and hooks will be a great addition to this charming headboard.
Insure your headboard is strong enough to hold your coats
The cross board was not quite thick enough, so I cut a piece of thin plywood to give it some umph. Small things like this make a big difference when learning to do DIY repurposed furniture projects. You never really know what you're going to run into, it's best to be prepared. It's one good reason why I never throw out wood scraps. Scrap wood like this really made a difference in this project. I wouldn't have wanted to rip a new piece of plywood to get this small piece.
Use wood glue and clamps to add scrap piece of plywood
Wood glue will give a great hold to this small piece of plywood.
I love these quick clamps! They really are quick and easy to use.
Use small dowels to attach vintage doorknobs
While the glue was setting up, I got busy working on the vintage door knobs. Because I never throw anything away, I had small dowels leftover from some broken chairs. They will be perfect to insert into the vintage knobs for this repurposed headboard coat rack.
I spray painted the headboard coatrack with a very pretty green. Countersink holes were drilled using a paddle bit and a regular wood bit. This would allow the dowel to fit into the smaller hole and the base of the vintage doorknob to rest in the larger hole. Because the small dowel hole was slightly smaller than the dowel, it fit very snug in the hole. Wood glue was put into the smaller hole as I sort of screwed the dowel in.
Add vintage wire coat hooks
I ended up using 3 door knobs and 2 of the hooks. Lesson learned...I didn't follow my own advice. I thought these hooks were pretty sturdy due to the fact that they are old, and I have seen them used to hold loads of things. However, when I was trying to screw them in, 2 of them broke off. Finally I remembered to take my own advice and add some bar soap to the threads! voila! easy peasy! Drilling pilot holes would have also be very helpful.
Pretty Green Headboard Coat Rack
I didn't take a picture of the back. I added 2 d rings(16 inch centers) on the bottom board to hold the weight of the piece and the things that would be hung on it. Another d ring was added at the top of the headboard coat rack to secure it to the wall.
This headboard coat rack was one of the first items to sell at Glendale.
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.