Monday, June 13, 2011

Key and Coat Hook Design Tutorial

I have wanted a key/coat rack for my laundry room for a long time, but haven't been able to find one that I liked in my price range.  I had thought of an idea for making one on my own with the extra wood from my daughter's book shelves and the free Glidden paint.  I had the hooks on hand from a project that I never finished.  Then I remembered seeing these amazing prints from Sprik Space and knew I had to incorporate them with the project.  It's exactly what I was looking for.  It gave a blank wall some color, and gave us a place for our keys.  Somehow Elle always got her hands on our keys and would either set off the house alarm or the car alarm.  That won't be happening any longer!  
Another idea would be to make a larger version of this and stencil each person's name in the family so they have their own hook.

24 x 5 1/2 in. White Wood (Leftovers from Elle's Shelves)
Quart Blue of Paint (I used my free Glidden Paint)
White Paint
Sand Paper
White Frames (From Kohl's, check out this post)
Foam Brush

Sand down the edges.  I used the electric sander to get the edges a little rounded.  Next, paint the entire board using the darker color.  
Once the paint is dry, add a wispy coat of white/gray over top the blue.  
Once dried, sand it down again to give it an aged look.  (I just sanded this by hand so it didn't take the blue off, just most of the white.)
Next, measure out where you want to place the sawtooth hooks. You want to make sure they are level with each other so that it's easier to make level on the wall.  If you are planning on hanging heavier jackets on these hooks, I would use more/larger sawtooth hooks to mount to the wall.  That way it won't fall off when you pull the coat off of the hook.
Once your sawtooth hooks are mounted on the back, measure out where you want your hooks and drill them in.  (Make sure your screws aren't too long, otherwise they will poke through your wood.)
Next, mount your Key/Coat Hook on the wall.  Make sure it's hung properly by using a level and stud finder.  This will ensure that it looks neat and is strong enough to hold a few things.
Then, hang your picture frames above the board using small nails and a level.
And lastly, stand back and enjoy your work!

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  1. This is SO cute! Definitely my favorite color, and the patterns are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Laura, this turned out great! I shared it on Sprik Space's FB page today. :)

  3. This is so cute! I love the light color blues

  4. I love that the project was mostly made with stuff on hand! I really need to make something like this for our house... Little Moore is constantly getting his hands on our keys!

  5. The coat rack looks great. love the color and the frames above it.

    following you as well. And ill come back for the party. Thank you for the nice
    Comments on the mantle and I missed not having a fireplace mantle either so
    This works out great!!!

  6. This project is so simple and clean-looking. I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. So cool! I love this idea!! You did a fabulous job:)

  8. I saw you on My Girlish Whims and wanted to invite you to my new link party. Last week we had over 300 links, it was so much fun. It will run every Friday evening through Sunday. Hope to see you there. You can find the party button now on the blog if you want it for a reminder.
    I am even going to have a special give away just for linkers this week.

  9. This looks great! I love that you kept it simple and functional, I can totally see this in my front entrance! Jen @

  10. This turned out great. My husband loses his keys ALL OF THE TIME! Since he refuses to carry a purse, I need to craft something like this to remedy the situation:)

    Just hopped over from the Sister's Stuff linky Party

    Amanda Joy

  11. Great project! You make it look so easy!
    Where did you find the hooks? Home Depot? Lowe's
    I'm your newest fan/Follower on GFC!
    Have a great day!

  12. Thanks Ladies!
    Nancy, I got the hooks at Target. Laura

  13. This is such a great idea! Way to be resourceful! I just wanted to thank you for linking up and let you know that I am featuring you on Sew Woodsy tomorrow! Please make sure you grab a featured button and link up a new projects!

  14. This is so cute! I love the light color blues

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