Thursday, November 7, 2013

Salvaged Wood Coat Rack

I finally captured some good photos of my latest project.
It would have been even better to have the trim painted and new flooring done, but it will be soon enough.

We have a long shed right behind our house. It is chock full of treasures. The boys and I ventured back there a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure all sorts of critters live in there, but I didn't see any, thankfully.

I pulled out a few different sizes of wood boards. There is lots of old, beautiful wood in there.

I didn't have any exact plan but knew what I sort of wanted the end product to like like. I measured the space and cut the boards to fit with my miter saw. (I did wash and lightly sand the boards too)

(I love how this picture shows just how ugly my floors are!)
I started with the widest piece of board and used that as my base. Then I attached the white-washed board along the edge of the widest board by putting wood screws through from behind. Then I attached the shelf board and screwed down into both boards.
I was going to use these brackets but decided I like how it looks without.

The hooks we looked at getting were almost $5 per hook. So instead we bought a ready made board with six hooks already screwed in place. Scott took it apart at the store to make sure we could do that once we got home. The only annoying thing was the back of the hook had protruding screw holes. We just had to drill holes in the wood to be able to fit them on. Not a big deal but a little more time consuming. But it was a lot cheaper than buying the hooks individually.

We also bought some matching smaller hooks to use for a lower coat rack for the boys.

We made sure to put anchors in the wall and put lots of screws into studs to make sure it was strong enough to hold a lot of coats.

 If you notice- I added the white-washed boards down the sides too. I think it helped it to look more finished. It reminds me of a fireplace mantel.

I found some pretty cool boards in the shed that are tongue and groove. There is quite a few of them and it makes me wonder where they came from. They have a lovely patina to them. I used one of the boards to put hooks lower down so the boys could reach it easily to hang up their coats and backpacks.

I'm in love with it quite honestly. I love that none of it is matching. And I think the bench from my dad's barn goes perfectly with it all.

 And put to good use.
Now if only I could get the rest of the things in this room done.

I'm still wanting to put apple box boards as horizontal paneling on the wall you see when you first come in. I have been searching my dad's place for a box that still had the stencil 'Plummer' on it but could never find one. Well, my brother, Nate, found two for me. I'm so excited.

For those that don't know, my maiden name is Plummer (inspiration for my blog name) and my family owns a fruit farm. I've wanted to incorporate this into my home somehow.

This is my dilemna. I've put the board against the wall and it is thicker than the trim around the doors. It sticks out a little farther.

This is the wall I want to do the installation on. It has two doors so there isn't much wallspace, which is okay.

 Should I remove the trim and reapply once the apple box boards are in place? I'm thinking that will look funny. Should I just install them anyway even though they come out past the trim? 
I need help here. Someone give me some advice.

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