Remember my repurposed books coat rack that I made last year? Well, it’s been hanging in our entryway, and my husband uses it to hold his hats. It looks great there, but the reason I hung those pretty vintage dictionary pages on the wall is that what’s underneath them is very flimsy paneling. I had hoped the paneling would be strong enough to support the weight of the books, but it wasn’t, and the screw holding one side kept stripping out of the paneling (there’s a stud under the other side). Obviously, until we get rid of the paneling and get stronger walls put up, a different hat rack was going to be needed.
See those gloves my husband stacked on top of the coat rack before it fell? That gave me an idea to incorporate into a new pallet wood wall rack, and joining in the Heap of Change Challenge gave me the motivation to finally solve the problem!
I had a pallet that had been sitting outside for months, just waiting to be used. This is a rather pitiful visual, but it gives the basic idea of where the pallet was cut. I only needed one side of the lower half of the pallet. All of the boards were removed from the top half, and set aside for a later project.
Here’s the lower section once it was cut. I’m using the part on the right side.
The bottom of the pallet was open, so one of the leftover pallet pieces was cut to size, and nailed into the space to form a box. I stained the wood, the sanded it smooth, then I waxed it.
I added 4 coat hooks to the front to hang hats on, and gloves can fit inside the open section. I attached 2 D-ring hangers on the back. The book rack weight 16 pounds, this one weighs less than 9 pounds, so hopefully it will stay firmly on the wall, until we can tear that paneling out.
The only expense involved was the cost of the coat hooks. Not only did it solve my hat hook problem, but I gained a storage spot for gloves that are always scattered around my entryway! Now, I’m off to tackle more disorganized, problem spots in my home!
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