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 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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Easy Shower Storage with Clear Hooks That Stay Put!

Easy Shower Storage with Clear Suction Hooks

Here is a great way to get some extra hanging space in the shower.  These hooks make the perfect place for wet swim suits to dry—instead of dripping all over the floor if they get hung on a towel bar. No more need to hang wet washcloths over handles and shower heads creating water spots and gunking up your beautiful fixtures.  With these simple suction cup hooks and you can add as much hanging space as you need. Because they are clear, they almost disappear when not in use.

Suction Hooks for the  Shower that Stay Put

The problem with suction cup hooks is that they don’t stay attached for very long, usually in a few days, maybe weeks, they come popping off the wall dumping whatever they were holding onto the floor. However,  if you attach these hooks with a bit of caulk they will stay in place until you decide to take them down!

How to Get Suction Hooks to Stay in Place

Use about a dime sized dot of caulk  (silicone or latex with silicone added). Firmly push the suction cup onto the tile making sure that the caulk gets spread evenly.  Wipe away any excess caulk from around the edges  Avoid placing the hooks over grout lines as this will reduce the effectiveness of the suction and will be more difficult  to clean off when you take them down. Let the caulk dry overnight before using.

How to Remove Suction Hooks

To remove the hooks, use a putty knife or safety razor to get under the edge of the cup and pull the hook off. Scrape away any remaining caulk and your tile will be as good as new.


Easy Shower Storage with Clear Suction Hooks

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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

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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