I'm excited to share this easy picket fence coat rack with you! I love quick and easy projects; even beginners can do this.
Scrap Picket Fence Pieces
I had these pieces left over from cutting the shelf boards. I posted the picture on Facebook, and I got a lot of great comments with ideas on how to use them. If you have some pieces like this, you should read the ideas.
Several people mentioned a coat rack, and since I'm sort of in a coat rack stage…. that's what I went with.
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Attach 2x4 to short picket fence pieces
I trimmed all boards to be the same size, cutting off the original holes. Another reclaimed 2x4 board was used for the bottom support. After spreading some Gorilla Wood Glue and placing the board, I drilled pilot holes and secured it with wood screws going from the back to the front so the screws wouldn't be visible.
I used my adjustable combination square to get each board placed correctly.
For the top board, I spread some more Gorilla Wood Glue on each of the pickets . . .
Use brad nails for temporary hold
. . . then I carefully flipped the piece so that it was right-side-up on the top crossboard and popped a nail in each picket with my nail gun to hold it in place.
Then I turned it over and secured all of the pickets by drilling pilot holes and connecting them with screws.
I hung it on the fence to ensure it was progressing as planned. The white spots are where I forgot to wipe off the wood glue.
Whitewash Coat Rack and Add Hooks
I was having so much fun whitewashing and adding these hooks from D. Lawless Hardware that I forgot to take any pictures. Would you believe I did plan something for a change? When figuring out how many pickets to use, I knew I wanted to use four hooks and every other board, so this layout was intentional. (a rare occasion for me)
Although I receive some items from the fine folks at D. Lawless, I purchased these hooks and others by the dozens. I seriously can't stop making coat racks!
I love how this coat rack turned out. It was an excellent fill-in project while I waited for the paint and spackle to dry.
I still have a few pickets left, and there were some other great ideas on facebook—stay tuned for more easy reclaimed wood projects.
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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.