September 11, 2009

DIY Coat Hook Rack

As part of my entryway redesign, I made a DIY coat hook out of a picture frame.  For Christmas, Hubby bought me this picture frame from Burlington Coat Factory:

But we didn't have a good place to hang this frame and I wasn't crazy about the lettering written on.  After shopping around for coat hooks and shelves, I couldn't find anything slim enough to fit behind my front door and decided to make a  DIY coat hook myself.

The first step was to replace the matting since I wanted to get rid of the lettering on the existing matting and needed to hang the frame horizontally.  I bought some poster card-stock at AC Moore and laid the existing matting on top.  Using a sharp exact-o knife and a metal ruler as a guide, I cut out new photo openings in the card stock.
Once this was done, it was time to add coat hooks to the frame.  I bought two double packs of oil rubbed bronze finish robe hooks from Target.  To figure out how far apart I should place the four robe hooks, I measured the length of the entire frame which was 22 inches, I divided this by 5 (there are 4 hooks, so divide by 5) and placed a coat hook every 4.4 inches.  I attached them using a cordless drill and the screws that were provided along with the hooks.  Make sure you remove the glass before drilling anything, so you don't accidentally drill into it and break it!

Once the hooks were in place, it was time to add the matting and new photos to the frame.  Since this was going to hang in my new diy entryway that I would see whenever I walked into the door, I wanted to hang photos that were cheery and would make me happy.  I chose 3 photos we had taken on our honeymoon, 2 closeups of exotic flowers and 1 photo of a gorgeous sunset.  The vacation photos make the entryway and coat rack look more personalized. 
Once the photos and new matting were in, I was ready to hang my new coat rack!

This project is shared on Today's Creative Blog.


- Sarah :-) said...

This is such a cool idea. Great job!

glor said...

This is great, I have a picture the same size which I was going to give away ... I think not now, this will be perfect in my laundry room! Thanks!

Melissa said...

What a great idea!

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