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Orly Shani combines function and fashion with a DIY antique-inspired coat rack.
DIY Vintage Doorknob Coat Rack
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Storage

DIY VINTAGE DOORKNOB COAT RACK MATERIALS:

  • Vintage knobs from doors or dressers
  • 1” thick plywood
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint rags
  • Drill
  • Drill bit to width of bolt on knobs
  • Hand saw
  • French cleat
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level

OPTIONAL:

  • Circular saw
  • Painter’s tape

DIY VINTAGE DOORKNOB COAT RACK INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or have the plywood cut down to desired size of coat rack for your space. A good general size is 6” x 36”.
  2. If you want to paint a wash on your wood, put a drop of paint into some water and brush on. Allow to dry. Have fun with the paint, this is where you can get really creative by adding a border or other decorative elements! Pro tip: use a rag to wipe away excess paint to get an even more sheer effect when applying the wash.
  3. Space and mark where to drill the holes for the knobs. About 6” apart works.
  4. Drill through the board to create the holes.
  5. Place a knob in each hole and screw the backing nut onto the threaded bolt of the knob.
  6. If the bolt is sticking out too much on the backside, use a handsaw to cut off the excess from the back of the rack.
  7. Screw half of the french cleat into the back of the rack and the other half to the wall so that they fit together. Use a level to make sure everything is straight.
  8. Hang and enjoy!

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