DIY : Coat / Towel Rack ~ Power Tool Challenge

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Today is a special day, because I have the privilege of joining up with a group of blogging ladies that are so absolutely talented in their building abilities. We were challenged to create a project that most anyone can do, something that can only be done with one power tool. {enter in the Tim the Tool Man laugh}

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For this project it’s all about the drill…one of your most basic tools that your average household should not be without. Why? Because it has endless uses for a homeowner from tightening up door hinges to building this coat / towel rack I’m going to show you how to DIY today.

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So come along with your drill in hand (cordless or corded) and let’s get building!! {applause}

Let’s get our materials list, so we’re ready to roll:

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First we’re going to head to my proverbial home away from home – Home Depot (or any lumber yard / home improvement store).

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Full of potential as far as the eye can see as long as you know how to maximize all that it has to offer. For instance, did you know they will cut most anything for you? Yup. When we were doing our faux plank ceiling and wall, they cut all of our 6″ and 8″ strips on this massive saw station for FREE. They were supposed to have charged us 25 cents a cut because we had 8 sheets of ply, but that’s how cool they are!

We’re going to head to the building department to purchase a basic pine board that measures 1″ x 6″ x 6′. It typically costs a couple bucks, but feel free to choose a hardwood instead.

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TIP: Don’t just grab the first board you see. Pick one up, look it over for defects or too many knots, and look down it eye-level to see if it’s warped.

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Most of the first boards have been passed up by someone else, so you’ll most likely have to dig one out. Consider it a treasure hunt!

After you’ve got your board, find an associate and ask them if they will cut it in half for you (so you’ll have 2 – 3′ pieces). My guy was not only helpful, but an encouragement in my day when he took a minute to pass along some heed-worthy advice.

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You can find most of the materials in the rest of the store, but I gave you the links to products on Amazon as well in case you couldn’t find them. I was a bit surprised they didn’t carry the Shaker pegs, but I found them at a small mom n’ pop hardware store, no problem. You can get them in different species like Birch, Oak, or Maple.

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The end is a different diameter than the rest because it is meant to set in a whole flush to the board for a sturdy application.

Now, after the cool guy at the store has cut your board, you’re ready to start woodworking. YAY! Here is where your math skills come in (yes, even you can do this!)

Your board is now 3′ long and we want our pegs to be evenly spaced, so we’re going to first mark 3″ in from the other edges on both ends. Try to aim for the center, but a rough placement is fine for now.

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Once you’ve marked that, you’re going to have 30″ of space in between that you’ll need to figure the spacing so they’re equally separated. I’ve done the math for you, but you’re basically taking the 30″ divided by the other 4 marks we need to make (we already made two marks of the 6 pegs we’ll be using). That’ll will leave you with 7.5″ spacing (30″ ÷ 4 = 7.5). Staring at your 3″ end mark you already made, measure 7.5″ intervals until you reach the other end mark.

We want our pegs to be centered in this project (you could offset them if you like too), so we need to measure from the top down to get them all set the same.

TIP: As dumb as it may seem, a stated 6″ wide board is not actually 6″, but is actually 5.5″ …duh. Same for the thickness…it’s not really 1″ thick.

Grab your tape measure and find center from top to bottom. You should get 2.75″. Using your builder’s square (a triangle tool), make a cross-mark at the exact center using your 7.5″ placements as a guide.

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Now it’s time to drill!  More YAY!

In the materials list I mentioned you would need a ½” spade bit. They look like this:

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Looks like a spade, right? Secure it into your drill and be sure to hand-tighten.

One Power Tool Challenge Using a Drill to Build a Coat / Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThese bits are nice because of the point on the end that allows you to set the bit in place, prepare the hole for the larger bit, and also help prevent the wood from splintering on the back side of your board.

Set in place and drill completely through, making sure to hold the drill level to the board. An offset bit will make your peg rest crooked.

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Continue drilling until all your holes have been made.

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Lookin’ good, right? We also need to drill pilot holes for our screws that will be used to attach the rack to the wall. If you don’t do that, you risk splitting the board.

Using first your  7/64 bit, roughly find center between the two outer holes on both ends and drill through.

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You could stop there, but if you would like your screw head to be inset, we need to counter-sink the hole. For this we need the 3/8 drill bit and only drill the depth of the screw head. It’s okay if you go a bit over, but be light on the drill. Some even add a wooden screw cap for a finished look, which you could do as well by counter-sinking lower, but I’m trying to keep it simple for you.

Grab your 150 grit piece of sandpaper and hand sand the holes and cut edges and raised grain too.

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When woodworking, it’s always good to do a dry fit before assembly to check and make sure everything looks and works like it should.

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In most cases, I prefer to stain before gluing because although the bottle says stainable, it really doesn’t end up matching my wood. There’s been several pieces of mine come out with annoying glue spots, so lesson learned.

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For this project, I’m going to do my layering effect. So to do that, I first apply a coat of stain using my favorite (for now) Early American by Varathane that I’ve used in our bedroom and on our Pottery Barn hack.

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I’ve also decided to give a coat rack I built about 9 years ago that was used before our closet remodel, a new look for our girls’ room. My mom had given me the board and I just added the shaker pegs. Now it needs a new look too.

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I stained both racks and let dry for a couple of hours.  You could stop right there as for staining and just add a topcoat, but I like a time-worn look.

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Time to glue! Be generous, but not overly. Apply glue to the peg and a bit in the hole so that both surfaces are ready to join.

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Let dry for a couple of hours, to be sure they’re set. Then it’s time to paint! Yay again!

The blue was a color picked by a client for a custom dresser, and I thought it would make such a nice cheery coat or towel rack color. It’s called Cloudless by Glidden.

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After applying a light layer of paint using a dry brush method allow it to dry for about a half hour.

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My girls rack is getting a pink base coat of paint that I custom mixed.

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You might think I would stop there, but I also like to add a light whitewashed effect, like in my layers tutorial using a cheap ceiling paint.

And then we’re done!! Isn’t it pretty?

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Perfectly suited for coats, towels in your bathroom or poolside, or even in your bedroom, like where my girls rack will go. (remodel coming soon!)

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Do you love the layers like I do?

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You can also take this same tutorial and use other objects for hooks, like old door knobs, spigot handles, or even old hand-forged nails like I did in our bedroom clothes rack.

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Now, if you have ANY questions, be sure to ask, and if you loved this coat / towel rack project please share! If you would like to have my blue rack, it’s available in my shop.

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Don’t forget!! My 2 Year Blogiversary Giveaway is still running, so be sure to stop by and enter!

More DIY goodness for you and see below for more one-tool projects!

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HEADS UP! Before you go, you don’t want to miss out on all the other fantastic drill projects by my fellow DIY bloggers. Stop by and see!


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16 Comments

  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    Love the wall rack and especially the color!! Awesome project!

    May 14, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cher! My favorite part of this was that it’s so versatile. No one can have too many hooks! (espcially in our family of 8)

      May 14, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Yes! I love layers!! …and especially the finished project. I also love a good spade bit for projects. This is such a good basic project that looks anything but basic. Thanks so much for joining in on the One Power Tool Challenge!

    May 14, 2015 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Spade bits rock, don’t they? It was fun and so happy to be part of a fun team. 😀

      May 14, 2015 at 10:03 am Reply
  • gail

    Larissa,

    I love all of your great tips for this one tool project challenge! The shaker peg coat rack looks fabulous with the layers of paint.

    pinned!

    gail

    May 14, 2015 at 9:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Gail! I love stain too, but just had to try layers for this project. 🙂

      May 14, 2015 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Both are so pretty but the pink is my favorite, so pretty & girlie!

    May 14, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m torn between the two, but pink will look great in my girls’ room. Thank you!

      May 14, 2015 at 10:02 am Reply
  • ananda

    stunning!!! such a beautiful french country feel, and super awesome tutorial Larissa!! xo

    May 14, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, girl! I can’t wait to see what you whipped up for this challenge. Headed over!

      May 14, 2015 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    So glad to be doing this challenge with you Larissa. Your coat rack is fabulous, especially the color layering! Great tutorial too BTW.

    May 14, 2015 at 9:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Likewise, lady! I’m headed over to check out your project…can’t wait!

      May 14, 2015 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Love your pretty coat rack Larissa! 🙂 (and the color too!)

    Nancy

    May 14, 2015 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Krista @ the happy housie

    This turned out great Larissa! I love the paint finish you gave it as well!!

    May 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Krista! I’m all about stain too, but I think the fact that summer is on the way made me want to go blue. 😉

      May 15, 2015 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Christy

    I love how this turned out, Larissa! The blue is so soft and pretty. Fun to see the action shot too lol! Have a great weekend! XO

    May 16, 2015 at 7:25 am Reply
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