I made this coat rack wall shelf last month to give Jamie for her birthday. I couldn’t blog about it until I actually gave it to her. 🙂 Her birthday was Saturday (May 29th). So, here ya go!
DIY Coat Rack Wall Shelf
I actually bought some new material for this shelf. I needed a 2x6 and a 1x6. This is a “dry fit” to make sure everything is going to work out. I actually messed up on the first 1x6. I underestimated the length needed due to the crown molding.
Design Coat Rack Wall Shelf
I got a deal on this crown molding. I bought it at the peddler’s mall for $3.00.
Using Quick Clamps
I love these quick clamps. They are great for a project like this because they squeeze shut and they have soft edges, that don’t mar the wood. You can see here the 1x is a little too long, I’ll have to trim that up.
Reclaimed Wood Trim for Shelf
This small pink molding was a gift from a friend’s husband. He was trying to give me everything in his basement! I said yes to this molding, some larger molding and a very large mirror. Thanks Ed!
Now that I’ve trimmed it up, it’s looking pretty good!
From the end, maybe you can see how it’s shaping up.
Construct Coat Rack With Nail Gun
I used my nail gun to fasten it.
Line up Trim Carefully
There’s still a slight overhang on the edge. Oh well, Jamie would never know if I weren’t blogging about it.
Joining Two Pieces of Crown Molding
The small pink trim were all short pieces, therefore I had to piece it together.
Use Spackling Instead of Wood Putty
I used some spackling and then sanded it down real well.
Another thing Jamie would never know about if I weren’t telling the world.
Time for Paint-Primer
Time for some oops Kilz. Do you remember I bought it for $5.00 at Home Depot a couple of months ago? I really like the color of it.
When I’m painting something like this laying on it’s back, I try to raise it up so that the paint doesn’t make a seal and stick to the table.
Several Coats of Spray Paint
I decided to spray paint it black instead of painting it with a brush.
I gave it many light coats of black.
Coat Rack Wall Shelf - Add Hooks
I bought five of these hooks on clearance at Meijer. I wasn’t sure how many Jamie wanted. This is where I just laid them on there to see how pretty they looked!
Black Coat Rack Wall Shelf
I took this shelf to Jamie when I went to help her with her deck. I had hoped to screw it directly to the wall (studs) and then place the hooks over those screws. However when I got there, Jamie reminded me that this was a spot we had patched drywall. It used to be a doorway to her living room. The previous owners had put up faux brick paneling in the living room, but had sort of made a “shelf” in this doorway area in the hallway. Long story short, there were no studs.
We bought keyhole hangers and mollys. Jamie played around with staging it a couple of different ways.
Jamie’s friend Dawn painted the owl, isn’t it cute?
Jamie decided she only wanted 3 hooks.
This is artwork that Jamie had hanging in this hallway prior to the shelf.
With no natural light nearby, it was hard to get a good picture.
I am really pleased with how all my mismatched pieces came together to make a really nice shelf! I inscribed the back so that Jamie will always remember when I gave her this shelf.