So, I got the old picket fence of a burn pile and decided a quick project was in order, and that meant a picket fence coat rack! How about a whitewash coat rack?
Reclaimed Picket Fence Section into a Whitewash Coat Rack
As you can see, I really did get this off a burn pile!
Make Minor Adjustments to the Picket Fence Section
I rested the old picket fence on my easy diy sawhorses to make some minor adjustments to it. Looking at it, I see that it's the perfect candidate for a whitewash.
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Sometimes I don’t make it easy on myself. I’m here to help you learn from my mistakes. I added a weathered 2x4 using wood screws. You’ll see why this didn’t work in a minute.
Trim section down to size
After adding the 2x4 I used my jigsaw to cut all of the fence boards right above one of the existing 2x4’s as well as cutting off the charred fence plank on the very end.
On the left is the section I plan to use with one original 2x4 brace and the new (weathered) 2x4 I added to keep the fence boards in place as I cut the bottom section of the fence away.
prepare to whitewash the coat rack
I used my whitewash bucket of paint to give a little whiteness to the old picket fence. This is on the back. I am here to tell you that I am still learning new stuff all the time!
This video will show you how I achieve the whitewashed look on these types of reclaimed wood projects.
This is after I painted it. Notice the added (weathered) 2x4 sticks out like a sore thumb! Plan b—rework the fence section by adding one of the original 2x4’s in between the two existing 2x4’s, then trimming more off the bottom of the fence planks. (I really think it’s too big like this)
I removed one of the original 2x4’s and pried the nails out of it.
Things don't always go as planned, be flexible
Leaving the unwanted 2x4 in place while I added the original 2x4 was the way to go to keep the fence boards from shifting. It's obvious that the original board is going to paint up better than the weathered board I found in my stash.
I used my Kreg Multi-mark tool to draw new cut lines on the bottom of the fence planks.
I got the jigsaw back out to cut the bottom of each fence board. So, this would have been a very easy project if only I had used the original board in the first place! Do as I say, not as I do.
I think the whitewash is perfect on this picket fence coat rack, don’t you? Be sure to watch the video to get the scoop.
You can see it in the background at Glendale 2016 with a SOLD chalkboard sign on it. We held it for the buyer, and everyone kept trying to buy it.
Because this was so popular at Glendale, I’m on the hunt for more picket fence sections. Where would you hang this rustic picket fence coat rack?
UPDATE Several people asked about the coat rack after it was sold. Only one local reader reached out to me about making a couple as gifts.
They requested 3 pickets for each coat rack. The two on the right are for them, the one on the left was made from the lower portion of the boards that were left over. You can see the original ends on those boards, and that I dog eared the top of the boards. All three made from the same section of fence with three totally different looks. I hope I have inspired you to rescue some old fence.
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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.