DIY Rustic Reclaimed Coat Rack

This unique coat rack is made form scrap wood and found rusty chain. It can be hung vertically or horizontally and is so gorgeous it serves as functional storage art.

DIY Coat Rack

How to Make A DIY Coat Rack


  • Scrap or Reclaimed Wood
  • Old Chain
  • Wood Screws
  • Tube Straps or Conduit Hangers
  • S-Hooks
  • Clear matte or satin spray paint

I have a giant pile of scrap wood in my shop that I am trying to use up. Some of it is left-over from various projects, a lot of it is reclaimed from my 1930’s cottage and from my father’s 100 year old farm.  For this project I used 5” reclaimed knotty alder.  If you don’t have old rusty chain laying around your shop (I might be a bit unique on that front) it can be found at most scrap yards and architectural salvage shops.  Also if you know any old farmers, they are bound to have piles of it laying around that you could buy for the price of scrap metal. You could also use bike chain, but you would need to find S-hooks that are small enough to fit into the sprocket grooves.  Another option would be to buy new chain which can be bought by the foot in most hardware stores and comes in a number of colors and sizes and could be really cool as well.

DIY Coat Rack-Chain Ideas

Step 1

Prep your chain by sizing it 4-5inches shorter than the length you want your finished piece to be. Chain link length will determine how precise you can cut the chain.  Different types of chains can be shortened by removing pins, opening links, bending and sliding out a groove etc. If you can’t get your chain apart, you can always resort to cutting it with a metal blade on a jig saw, hacksaw, or use a grinder. Once your chain is the size you want, give it a thorough cleaning with a wire bristle brush—make sure to bend and twist it as you are cleaning to get any loose dirt, rust, spiders, etc. out of the cracks and grooves. If your chain is greasy, wash it with a strong degreaser like TSP. After your chain is clean and dry, give it several coats of a clear spray paint—my favorite for use on rusted metal is Krylon Color Master Crystal Clear Satin. This will lock the rust and patina onto the chain and prevent any rust from rubbing off onto the items that you hang, it will however darken your chain.

DIY Coat Rack-Prep Chain

Step 2

Select and size your wood so that it is 4-5 inches longer than your chain, this will create room to attach the chain securely to the wood on both ends.  Sand and apply the finish of your choice. I used brown Briwax  to bring out the knots and imperfections in the wood and so that over time the whole piece will continue to develop a patina, but you could use paint, or any stain sealer combo you wish. Keep in mind that the chain will rub against the wood with use, so make sure that the finish you choose will age well or can stand up to some abuse.

Step 3DIY Coat Rack--Paint Pipe Straps

Pipe straps come in a number of  number of different sizes and materials including stainless, galvanized and copper, there are double  or single hole configurations so there should be a pipe strap that will work with most chains.  You will need one pipe strap on both ends of the chain and another for every foot or so of chain.  I used four, 1/2” galvanized steel pipe straps for my four foot chain. I dabbed  flat black and orange spray paint onto my pipe straps with a stiff paint brush to create a faux rusted finish that matched my chain.

Step 4

DIY Coat Rack-FinishingAssemble your coat rack by laying your chain on  the board and centering it both vertically and horizontally.  Attach one end and then pull the chain taught (it helps to have a second pair of hands for this part) and attach the next straps approximately 1 to 1 1/2 feet down the chain until you get to the other end. If desired dab a little black paint on screw heads to allow them to blend in. If you will be hanging the chain horizontally expect some sag between the straps.

DIY Coat Rack

Step 5

To finish your coat rack all you need to do is add a way to hang it up. I like to router a keyhole hanger, but you can easily attach a hanger to the back (2 if you will hang horizontal) if you prefer. Make sure that the hangers are sturdy enough to support the weight and abuse that your coat rack will sustain.

DIY Coat Rack-HangersNow just add some S-hooks (if you made the DIY Industrial Towel Bars you will already have S-hooks on hand) and your coat rack is ready to use.

DIY Coat Rack with Upcycled ChainIn addition to being awesome for hanging coats on, this coat rack can be utilized for organization and storage in a number of different situations. I am currently using mine in my closet for purse storage, but it would be equally functional in a bathroom for towel storage or in a kitchen to hang pots and pans on, in a laundry room to hang laundry bags on, … really loads of possibilities!

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DIY Modern Industrial Towel Rack

These unique towel bars and hand towel holders have a masculine, modern, industrial vibe. They are super quick and easy to make, really affordable, and because they are made with rubber bungee cords, they make hanging towels fun. Hello kiddos who throw towels on the floor!

DIY Towel Bars

How to Make Modern Industrial Towel Bars


Towel Bar

  • Rubber Bungee Cord
  • 2 #10 machine screws 2 1/2”
  • 4  #10 nuts
  • 2  #10 crown bolts
  • Wood

Hand Towel

  • Rubber Bungee Cord
  • 1 1/2″ Wood Lag Screw
  • Wood

I like to purchase hardware for small projects where you can buy by the piece like Tacoma or Ace. This allows you to purchase only what you need instead of having to purchase whole packages resulting in left-over bits and pieces–I already have a drawer full of random hardware, thank you very much! All of the nuts and screws came to $1.40.  The bungee cords were $1.78 each from Home Depot  (save the S hooks for another project like the DIY Rustic Reclaimed Coat Rack), and I used some left over wood from the scrap pile. So the total cost for the towel bar was $2.93 and for the hand towel rack $2.03. Grand Total = $4.96.

Step 1

Determine the overall size of your towel bar and cut your wood. The wood should be 4 inches longer than your bungee strap.  The finished dimensions of my towel bar is 5” X 25”  and  the hand towel rack is 5” X 14”, but the great thing about these rubber bungee cords is that they come in lots of sizes so the finished size can be adapted for any space.  After sanding your wood apply a finish of your choice. I used a clear coat polyurethane because I wanted to leave the wood natural, but these can be stained or painted as well.  Just make sure that the finish can withstand some water exposure from wet towels.

Step 2

Measure and mark for the strap attachment. The holes should be 1 1/2 inches from the outside edge of your wood, and 1 inches wider than your bungee strap. This will allow the bungee to be stretched taut when it is attached to the wood. Drill holes and then hammer the crown bolts into the hole on the back side of the wood.

DIY Towel Bar Step 2

Step 3

Prep the bungee strap by washing it with soap and water and drying it with paper towels. Rub vigorously to remove any residue  until when you rub the bungee it doesn’t leave black marks. Use Threadlock or clear fingernail polish on all of the connections as you are putting them together to keep them tight. Thread both of the screws onto the bungee cord and thread 2 nuts up onto each screw.  Then thread one of the screws through the hole and onto a crown bolt. Thread the nut down onto the wood and tighten with a wrench or pliers a couple of turns to hold the screw tight.

DIY Towel Bar Step 3

Step 4

Stretch the bungee so that you can screw the opposite side in (it helps to have a second pair of hands to do this part) and screw onto the remaining crown bolt.  The screw will be pulled crooked at this point but as you tighten the nut down onto the wood it will pull the screw straight.  Again use Threadlock or clear fingernail polish on all of the connections and tighten all of the nuts

Step 4 DIY Towel Bar

Step 5

To make the Hand towel holder, determine the size you want the wood backing to be and cut, sand, and finish the wood.  Using a wood screw, screw through both bungee holes into the wood 1 1/2” from the top and centered.

DIY Industrial Hand Towel Hanger

Step 6

Decide how you want to attach the towel bars.  Because the bungee is springy and fun to play with, it is important to make sure that the bars are attached securely! A keyhole in the back can work, as it can be set to hold the towel bars tightly to the wall, but far and away the easiest option is to simply drill holes through the towel bars and screw directly into the wall (preferable through a stud). If you hide the holes behind the bungee cord they will be unnoticeable and your towel bars will stay in place, even if someone decides to use them for a slingshot.

DIY Towel BarThese towel bars are perfect for a bathroom where you want to add a modern industrial vibe. They are really unique and make hanging up towels a bit more fun!

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DIY Magnetic Storage

Looking for a cheap and easy way to declutter counter tops, desks, tables, etc? This DIY magnetic storage may be just the ticket.

Magnetic Storage

Total cost is under $5 and they are a snap to put together. Art supplies, office supplies, make-up, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, you name it, can be stored in the handy magnetic cups. Take the cup off of the magnetic board to use, then when you are done they simply snap back into place keeping everything nice and tidy!

Magnetic Storage

How to Make Magnetic Storage


  • Galvanized shingle (5×8 or 8×12)
  • Magnetic cups
  • Scrap wood or molding
  • Wood glue
  • Picture hanging hardware
  • Clear latex caulk with silicone
  • Paint or stain/finish of your choice

Magnetic Storage MateritalsThe galvanized shingles can be found in the building materials section by the  gutters and roofing supplies. The magnetic cups can be found anywhere they carry office supplies, including dollar stores. On this project I used some left over door casing and reclaimed fencing, but most any scrap lumber will work. You will need about 4 linear feet for the large and 3 feet for the small.

Step 1:

Magnetic Storage Step 1

Cut your wood to create a frame, make the inside opening 1/2” smaller than the shingle, this will give you 1/4” overlap all the way around. If you want to get fancy you can cut or router a groove for the shingle to rest in, but it is fine for the shingle to just sit flat against the frame. Miter the corners on a molding frame, but if you are using flat wood but joints are fine. Assemble the frame using wood glue and clamps. Sand bare wood to a smooth finish. Finish the frame; we used white paint for the molding and the wood frame was finished with a colored wax. If you want the magnetic cups to be a different color than what is available at the store, they are really easy to spray paint the color of your choice.


Step 2:

Magnetic Storage Step 2

After the frame has dried run a bead of caulk around the edge on the back of the frame, place the shingle onto the frame making sure to get the overlap even on all sides. Press the shingle firmly onto the frame, flip the frame over and wipe away any caulk that has squeezed out onto the front of the shingle. Flip the frame back over and place weights on the frame for a couple of hours to let the caulk dry.

Step 3:Magnetic Storage Step 3

Run a bead of caulk over the exposed edge of the shingle, this will cover the sharp edge and create a little bumper to protect your walls and help keep the shingle firmly attached.  Let the caulk dry overnight, then apply a hanger.  On flat wood a keyhole works great, but unless your molding profile is really thick, it is a good idea to use an attachable hanger for frames made with molding.  On the larger size, be sure to use 2 hangers, one on each side. This will keep the frame stable as it is being used.

These simple DIY magnetic storage boards are the perfect way to organize and store items  and keep your counters clutter free!

DIY Magnetic Storage

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How to Organize Boots and Shoes with Easy Peg Boards

$8 Boot and Shoe Organization

Last year I created this post for Sawdust Girl about shoe storage and organization. This system worked great when we just had a few boots that fit neatly into the boot tray. Unfortunately our boot needs have multiplied:  riding boots, mucking boots, snow boots, rain boots, hiking boots… Our entry is like a boot emporium! Our poor little boot tray was overwhelmed, and we couldn’t even get to the bottom row of shoes.

Before Boot Storage2

There are a few ways that we have discovered to make shoe pegs work for boots.

You can use long dowels that the boots slide onto like these from Wellyracks.

Wellington boot rack in use

This isn’t a great option for our space as the boots would protrude into our entry way too much. I need the boots and shoes to be as close to the wall as possible.

Another way is to place the pegs close enough together so that the pegs catch the sides of each boot like this:

single boot on pegs

When I made these pegboards, I wasn’t planning on this as an option, so this only worked for the man-sized boots in our house. If you would like to create peg boards that will work in this way, make sure to space your pegs so that they are close enough to capture any boots that you want to hang. Since our pegboards were already finished I didn’t want to add more pegs and/or remove and resituate the pegs. So for smaller boots just placing both boot tops between the pegs works well.

Two boot storage

This has been a very effective way to manage our boot and shoe storage needs.  To learn how to make your own boot and shoe pegs, check out the tutorial on Sawdust Girl.

Boot and Shoe Peg Organization

How to Combat Clutter with Coordinated Containers

Looking for ways to reduce clutter and get better organized? Coordinated containers can bring order and style to a space, all the while making items more portable, storable, and clutter free!

Laundry room organization with Coordinated BasketsVia Simplicity in the South

The coordinated baskets and labels in this laundry room not only hide the clutter, but create a visually pleasing display. The labels make it a snap to find what you are looking for and the baskets make everything very portable.

Combat Clutter with Coordinated ContainersVia An Angel at my Table

Containers don’t have to match perfectly. This gorgeous linen closet utilizes wire and grass baskets, a wooden box, and white enameled bins. They work together to create a harmonious display because they all coordinate by keeping to the natural and white color scheme. The different materials add visual interest by providing textural contrast.

Combat Clutter with Coordinated Containers

Via Turnstyle Vogue

Here is another great idea for a linen closet. Keep sheets and pillow cases for each bed in a separate bin. When you want to make the bed in that room, just grab the bin and go. No need to sort through stacks of sheets and pillowcase to find what you need. Colorful ribbons used to attach labels to the bins add a fun pop of color and the bins hide sheets and pillow cases that can be a bit of a mess to fold and stack, especially if children are helping in the folding and putting away!

Combat Clutter with Coordinated ContainersVia Domino

Woven market bags hung on the wall are a perfect solution to toy and craft clutter. Hung low on the wall so they are within easy reach, each bag can contain all of the elements of favorite games and activities–and when the kids are done, it can all easily go back into the bag ready for the next use.

Combat Clutter with Coordinated ContainersVia Design Sponge

This bookcase doubles as a storage center due to the clever use of coordinating wire bins. Because the bins are lined, they look flawless, regardless of what clutter may lie within. Also note how the bottom basket liners are created by just folding fabric around the basket for an easy no-sew approach.


DIY Sometimes the best way to get the perfect coordinated storage container for your space is to make your own. Combat Clutter with Coordinated Containers

Via That’s My Letter

This mud room is clean and clutter free due to the clever use of baskets and custom made bins. Off season items are stored in the DIYed monogrammed bins. While frequently used items are in the easier to reach baskets. Hooks added to the lockers create easy storage for bags and backpacks. There is an easy to follow tutorial on how to make the monogrammed bins here.


Combat Clutter with Coordinated Containers

Via Stow and Tell U

No need to go out and buy a bunch of new containers if you already own a hodgepodge of mismatched baskets. Just spray paint them all the same color and  VOILA–instant coordination! The differences in texture and shape will add interest and variety.

DIY 3 Wire BasketsVia Organize-n-Store

These wire baskets are easy to make and cost less than $2 each.  These are finished with a rope handle detail for a nautical vibe, but they could be finished in a variety of ways to coordinate with any room’s decor. Find our Easy tutorial here.

Beachy Cabinet with DIY Wire Baskets

They help to contain clutter into beautiful little accessories in this  beachy bathroom cabinet. If you are looking for ways to improve the storage and function of a bathroom, check out our sponsor site, for more great storage and organization tips.

DIY Wire Baskets

DIY Wire BasketMetal and wire baskets are a beautiful and functional storage option. They add a bit of a retro industrial edge to any space, and at the same time provide easy access storage that is strong, portable, and an awesome way to combat clutter. However, they can be a bit pricey.

DIY Anthropologie Inspired_Wire BasketsDIYing your own baskets will not only will you save a lot of $$$, but also allows you to customize the size to fit your specific storage needs—win-win!

How To Make a Wire Basket with Handle for under $2

  • 1/2 inch hardware cloth
  • Rebar wire rod, double for the small basket and triple for the large
  • Jute or leather twine
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue gun

DIY Wire Baskets_MaterialsHardware Cloth can be found in a home improvement store with the wire fencing and chicken wire. The rebar wire rods are in the cement area. By laying the patterns out carefully, you can make 5 baskets (4 small and 1 large) out of one $6.27 sheet of 2’ x 5’ hardware cloth . Another $2.56 for the wire rods and about .75 cents for twine, glue, and paint.

The total cost for 5 baskets is $9.58, or less than $2 per basket!

DIY Wire Basket Pattern

Start by cutting the hardware cloth to size following the pattern. These baskets are 5 inches high or 11 squares, but you can adjust taller or shorter depending on your needs. The top square will be wrapped around the handle so be sure to add 1/2 inch to any measurements. Fold up all of the sides using a straight edge to form a sharp crease.

DIY Wire Baskets step 1

Next bend wires on the sides to form a loop, leaving the top three wires straight. Wrap these wires around the adjacent side and close the loop to secure. At this point you will have the basket base made with all of the top wires poking straight up and the top three wires free on all of the corners.

Adding Handle to BasketNow add the handle (rebar wire rod) by placing it into the top of the basket and getting it centered.  Now begin wrapping the wires around the wire rod starting with the center wires on each of the four sides.

DIY Wire Baskets Step 2

Secure all wires around the wire rod by working out from the center on each side, leaving the last 3 wires. Fold the side sections around the curve of the handle. Overlap the opposite side and secure with the remaining straight wires.

DIY Wire basket_no rope

The handle will be darker than the wire at this point. The entire basket can be spray painted to get a uniform color, or a decorative treatment can be applied to the handle. We used leather twine for a rustic/masculine basket, and jute twine to create a nautical effect, but a variety of materials could be used to personalize the baskets for your space, ribbon, fabric strips, washi tape, etc.

DIY Wire Baskets Leather Handle

To create leather twine, cut scraps of leather into 1/4” strips (or purchase leather twine from a craft store). Secure ends with a bit of hot glue. If desired create a decorative X by using the square frame of the wire. Then wrap the twine around the length of the handle, securing with hot glue as needed.

DIY Wire Baskets Twine Handle

Jute twine can be easily wrapped around the handle as well as the basket top, to give the baskets a nautical vibe. Cutting the twine into manageable lengths and securing with hot glue makes the wrapping go much faster and easier.


DIY Wire Baskets with Handles

These baskets take approximately 20 minutes each to make and are an attractive and functional way to organize and store items in any room.

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