History in the making...

I wanted to start this post out by telling you I have never built a thing in my life. You know nails and glue and real wood. I did build a doll house once. Does that count? Anyway , I just wanted you to know that if I can build it I know anyone can!

I started out with a piece of bead board,moulding,and a piece of pine. You dont have to worry about the size because you can cut everything to fit just right.

I used the pine boards that I use for my name signs. I measured my moulding and drew a line at the top of the board.

I cut my bead board to fit leaving that space above the line for my moulding.

Glued down with wood glue and some very small finishing nails.

It should then look kind of like this.

You will need a strip of old wood to top your coat rack off. I just used one of my cypress fence planks but you can use any scrap you may have.

It should look like this. Here I just used an old scrap.

I then wedged my moulding {with glue} into that space and used a few small nails to hold it in good and tight.

You may have a tiny crack like this..

No worries girls! Just get your gun and...

caulk it up!

Now that you have your coat rack built you will need to decide on your paint color. I wanted this one to look very old and worn so I found some neat historical colors.

I cannot seem to get enough of this vintage blue and red.

Dont worry about getting too deep into the cracks or covering every inch because we will sand a good portion of it off.


What do you think?

I know it looks like a lot of work but believe me, it was so worth it!

I find myself just staring at it with a huge sense of pride. You know..nails and wood glue,saws and sanders are not just for boys anymore!

I hope if you love this idea you will give it a try. Just remember it's supposed to look old an worn so that free's up any perfection fears you may have. Put your stamp on it..make it your own..make some history! {and have fun}~


  1. Very pretty! Love that you left the bottom edge of the beadboard rough and chipped.

  2. Susie........I have a new admiration for you dear girl..... anyone who actually DOES all the things such as you....well...bravo!

    *clapping loudly*

    I love seeing women just doing it - totally inspires me

  3. Well done Susie, that is a lovely coat rack and you are such a clever Woman.


  4. Okies Susie.. quick question here.. hubs and I do a few racks here ourselves. So, did you inset the hangers on the back panel.. and just how much does that baby weigh?

    Hubs said that I need to take construction 101 from you in order to free up his time more often.. I told him unles he plans on taking lessons from Julia Childs on cooking (which we know very well he can't.. but I wonder if he does.. heehee).. then I'd hire you teach me to art of construction on woodwork. ;)

    Nice color picks too.

  5. Looks good...get ready to work only 71/2 weeks...todays task (NAME)....

  6. It looks so great , watch out if you are like me , you have just opened to flood gates to endless projects YOU can do .
    Great job ,
    Just Beachy

  7. Looks good Susie. Great job.

  8. I think that turned out GREAT!! Way to go Susie!

    Oh, and I received my Rooster plaque....I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!♥

  9. With your step by step even I might be able to do that one. That would be great next to my back door. Jackie

  10. So cute... I love how it turned out!! Way to go~~

  11. Your coat rack really turned out nice. I love the old, chippy, worn patina. Great job using the new tools!

  12. So cute Susie!! Love those colors!

  13. looks great...
    you go girl.

  14. Looks wonderful and I am in need of this exact thing.

  15. Oh, Susieness! You are so good! This is wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. I love your history making lesson....looks bee-u-tee-ful.....


  17. I just love those colors Susie! You did a super job! :o) I would make it a point to walk by and stare at your new coat rack, too. :o)
    Happy Wednesday!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  18. What a great project!!!
    I'm definitely giving you a Woot Woot!!!!

    Pat yourself on the back!!!
    You did an awesome job!

  19. Very clever! You did a great job on that little rack, my dear!

  20. Love it! You make me wanna go out and buy some power tools! :)

  21. Nice Job Susie - every woman should know how to use power tools...and a sewing machine. Who says we can't do it all!

    Love it.

  22. Cute, cute! Now that reminds me of that little shelf that's in the blue bathroom that you stayed in, did you take some notes?! :) You did a great job with this, it is adorable.

  23. I love it!!! I may have to give it a try :))

  24. Oh Susie I love it!!! I wish I just had a smidge of your creativity!!!

  25. Susie, this project rocks!

  26. You rock, Susie Harris!
    I love to see a woman make her own stuff!
    Thanks, JolieAnne

  27. You go, girl! Susie, you are amazing. :) I love this project, and the different shades of paint/stain look great! Good for you for giving those power tools a try. :)

  28. Wow, that's gorgeous! You're on a roll!

  29. Great job Susie, it looks great! Power to the girls! hehe :0)

  30. LOVE it! Great jop! You inspire me to try making my own ...Power to you, my dear.

  31. I started a Goodwill Goodies Party. Come by and enjoy every Wednesday!!

  32. I have been thinking about doing something like this-I had the idea of old wood painted shingles in different colors, with chippy wood.
    Were you reading my mind?

    My blog has just been growing like a crazy weed and I haven't been able to get by for as many visits. I miss all my blog friends.
    Come for a visit and see both of my new parties for the week. They are up every week and I hope you will participate.

    Its So Very Cheri

  33. I love the power tools in our garage more than my husband...love what a great job you did on this! It is so cute and definetly has that vintage aged feel you were wanting! Your divine!!

    Hugs to you,

  34. That is great! I havent built anything since middle school shop class!

  35. You should look at it with pride! That is amazing! laurie

  36. If I were to do a cheer, it would be something like "You rock, you rock, you really really rock!"

    And you do!!!

  37. Okay. What can't you do? You're awesome! Can't wait to hang out! I'll sneek you into my pocket for Round Top, how bout that?


  38. beautifully vintage! i can't wait to make my own.

  39. Oh wow!! This is BEAutiful!! I LOVE how you did the colors.

  40. That's such a great project! I have a thing for coat racks and hooks all in a row.

  41. I love everything about it, especially the colors! Go Susie!

  42. Susie,

    I'm totally stealing that idea. My hubby's coat is always hung over a chair in the winter and then I hang it up.

    Great idea for little cost.


  43. Yes! Love it, too! Cheers, Julie

  44. I love, love, love it. You are amazing with all you create.


  45. I love your blog. I've recently started following you on my new blog, littlelizardking.blogspot.com
    Thanks so much for sharing such creative ideas!

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