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Easy DIY Coat and Bag Rack

diy home decor Oct 22, 2019

Friends, I made this coat and bag rack and if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! You can probably finish in a day, but you want to be sure to let the stain dry completely for a few hours before you hang it.

- Saw - I used a circular saw to cut my board down to size, but if you're buying a new board then you can have them cut it in the store. It's usually free and will save you a step.
- Drill
- Stud finder
- Level

- 3" nails (8)
- Coat hooks like these
- Wood stain and stain pads (or an old cotton rag)
- 1x12" board cut to 6' long. You can make it any length that works for you, but mine is 6' long. 

1. Cut your board down to 6' or whatever length you want. If you had it cut at the hardware store, then you're already ahead.

2. Sand and stain your board. You just want to sand it enough so that it's smooth. Wipe up the dust and then apply your stain. The stain I used is Miniwax Dark Walnut. I put it on with a pad meant for staining, but you don't have to. You can use any old rag as long as it's clean. Let it dry completely.

3. Put in your hooks! I just eyeballed it, but you could measure if you want to. Use your drill and the screws that came in the package. 

4. Once your hooks are in, you're ready to hang it up! I enlisted help for this part - this would be really really hard to do on your own, especially if you want it level, which you probably do. Just a guess. My 6' board crossed 4 studs, so I used 8 screws - one into each stud on the top half of the board, and one row on the bottom so the board has 2 screws going in to each stud. You definitely want to attach it to the studs in the wall because the board itself is heavy and it will be holding all the things, which adds to the weight. Use your stud finder to find the studs, then mark where they are.

5. Drill your pilot holes. Hold your board up where you want it, get it level using your level and then drill a pilot hole on one end through your board into the stud. Use a spare nail to hold the board in place (you'll take it out later). Ideally this pilot hole would be where you put a screw, so drill the hole accordingly. Otherwise you have to fill it with wood putty, and that's more work. Ain't nobody got time for that. Drill another pilot hole on the other side and put another spare nail in it. Now your board is being held up by the nails while you finish drilling the top row of pilot holes. 

Question: Why can't you just nail the board up rather than screw it? 
Screws are more sturdy, and if this will be holding your Mary Poppins purse, then you need it to be able to support it.

6. Once you have your pilot holes drilled, screw in your screws. Pro tip from the helpful guy at Home Depot: use the wax from an old candle on the screw threads to lubricate it so it screws in more easily (I know, so many jokes). It really did help though. Screw in your top row, removing the nails when you get to them.

7. Repeat for the bottom row under the hooks - drill pilot holes, then add your screws. And voila! You have a homemade coat and bag rack perfect for your own space!

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