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Reclaimed Coat Rack from Drawer Front

What better way to add function and style to your home than with a DIY project, right? I mean, the satisfaction of saying, “I created that” is not surpassed. Today, I’m sharing a simple woodworking project to create a reclaimed coat rack for any room in your home. Check out what I found at the thrift store that inspired me…

Thrifted Drawer Front for Reclaimed Coat Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Would you have grabbed this drawer front? It was a no-brainer for me. It’s gorgeous solid wood that even has already been painted a beautiful blue/gray color. Plus, it’s the perfect size to make a reclaimed coat rack I mentioned. You can see my other coat rack tutorials HERE.

Reclaimed Drawer Front Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


In order for you to create something similar, I’ve created a video tutorial for you below. In addition, I’m also laying out the steps here for you too. Let’s get our build on! Here’s what you need:



First, keep in mind that when you’re working with reclaimed wood, there is always the possibility you will have to deal with wonky, wear, and variations. That’s half the fun! Since my drawer front was already a set length and width, I just work with it.

Then, my stash came into play with these corbels I found at the thrift store years ago (yep, I bought them all…a dozen or so…haha!). I want to add a top shelf, so I used a huge piece of #trashure tongue & groove siding I found at Curb le Chic. I ripped it and cut it to length. Ideally, I would have preferred a solid board across the top, but this plank version will do just fine.

* note I cut the boards to overhang the ends by 2″ and their combined depth would be 1½” past the corbel.

Reclaimed Wood Parts of Coat Rack |

Since they already had a finish on them, I sanded them down to raw wood. Then, I used a Hickory Gel Stain to make them cohesive in color. (see video)


Next, I attach the corbels with my nailer first on each end making them flush to the top of the drawer front. Use a bead of wood glue before attaching for extra durability. Then, attach the top shelf slats in the same manner.


Last, it’s time to add hardware. Almost done! I prefer to add my hooks 2″ in from the corbels, and then divide up the space between there based on how many hooks I’ll be using. My spacing ended up being 7½”.

DIY Coat Rack Layout for Hooks |

In addition to the hooks, we need to add the keyhole hardware. This will allow the reclaimed coat rack to mount flush to the wall in a secure fashion. Make sure to note the orientation of the hardware so you can hang it properly.

Keyhole Hardware to Mount Reclaimed Coat Rack |

Ideally, you want to aim for catching the studs if possible (in older homes it can be as wide as 24″) and drill holes accordingly. Or starting at center measure 8″ in both directions, then 16″ from those points.

At this point, you can finish the wood with wax, poly, or a hemp oil. It just depends on your preference. I used a poly topcoat on the shelf only for durability and easy of cleaning.


We’re done! Our coat rack with shelf is not ready for any room of your home. woot!

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How fun was that? It all came from a single drawer front I found at the thrift store. haha. Kinda like that “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” story. I’m fun like that. tsk.

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Notice that all my decor items are from the curb, the thrift store, or flea market. Yes, even the hat and jean jacket. Gotta love mixin’ it up with fun finds.

If you’re not the DIY type or just love this coat rack, you can find it and much more available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Rustic Farmhouse Style Coat Rack with Shelf for Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Also, pin and share my reclaimed coat rack to inspire others to give DIY a try.

You can build this reclaimed coat rack with the step-by-step video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #bathroom #entry

Up next, I’ll be taking this vintage French provincial desk and giving it a brand new look. See the new look HERE.

French Provincial Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

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More projects like my reclaimed coat rack:

A farmhouse industrial style cart made from reclaimed barn wood and a repurposed baby changing table. See the transformation at Prodigal Pieces |

Create a DIY Rolling Laundry Cart with a thrifted basket. Full details at Prodigal Pieces |


11 replies on “Reclaimed Coat Rack from Drawer Front”

That board transformed into something sweet with your inspiration! Love it! Hope you are feeling better… Always look forward to your creations Larissa!

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