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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

Supplies:

  • 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

Supplies:

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

Materials:

  • 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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