Repurposed Coat Rack ~ DIY by a PreTeen

One of my absolute favorite things to do is spend time with my kids. Beyond getting the wonderful opportunity to homeschool them, I can also pass along my trade. All 6 of them are eager to learn and ready to jump on a project when the opportunity arises. Enter in Miss S. She’s not a newbie to the DIY world. You can see her past projects in these posts. Today she is going to show you how she took a thrifted find and turned it into a repurposed coat rack. Woot!

Antiques Sign Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The story behind this find is related to Miss S’s birthday a few months back. My awesome mom loves to help the kids find project pieces so they can work on them to sell for their savings. How cool is that? So when she spied this sign at a garage sale, she knew it had potential.

We both agreed we thought it was a piece of a bed that had been turned into an antiques sign. For me, it wasn’t bad, but just lacking some character.

Vinyl Letters on Wood Sign |

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The patina on that old wood is gorgeous, but the stickers were hard to see and the hardware was shiny. Miss S had the choice of what to do with it, so she decided to turn it into something a little more useful and fun – a repurposed coat rack.

I was totally game to help her create her vision since I have created many coat racks myself you can see in this selection of posts. With a hop in our step we headed out to the workshop to dive into my stash. Wouldn’t you know we found a board already the right width and length to make a top shelf. Miss S sanded it down with my sander. I tell ya, it’s fun to watch her confidence grow as she knew just what to do.

Pre-Teen Girl Sanding Wood Board |

Next, she choose to use Espresso stain to give the pine a dark rick feel like the old oak. I’ve used that stain in project before you can see HERE.

Staining Shelf with Espresso Stain | Prodigal Pieces |

While the stain is curing, she chose to paint the oil-rubbed bronze hooks with a flat white paint with the intent to distress later. Easy fix with spray paint!

Spray Painting Hooks for Repurposed Coat Rack | Prodigal Pieces |

Then, while those were curing, she proceeded to remove those stickers. Not too bad, just dampen with a wet rag and they come right off. I think doing that kind of removal is sort of like therapy…aaahhh…

Peeling Stickers off of Reclaimed Wood |

Next, she prepped and painted the corbels that I had found at the thrift store. I first used them on my pallet mug rack, and have plenty left to create with. I wasn’t kidding when I said she knows what she’s doing. Go Miss S!

Girl Painting Corbels for Repurposed Coat Rack DIY | Prodigal Pieces |

Once the top shelf she originally stained was dry, she used a dry brush technique to apply a bit of white paint.

To prevent any splits in the wood, she used my drill and drill bit to pre-drill holes for the screws. Last, she attached with screws and added the corbels to the sides.

Pre-drilling Coat Rack for Top Shelf |

And…she’s done! Take a look at her new creation – I love it.

Handmade Coat Rack made from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces |

DIY Farmhouse Coat Rack with Shelf for Storage by Prodigal Pieces |

That once dull looking sign is now ready to function and add style to any space. Plenty of hooks for daily grind necessities and shelf above for extras.

Reclaimed Bed Turned into Rustic Farmhouse Coat Rack by Prodigal Pieces |

I don’t know about you, but we think styling a shelf is so fun! It’s like a treasure hunt finding different bits and pieces to give her repurposed coat rack shelf a farmhouse feel. Wish you could see us running here and there to shop the house and create new spaces.

Farmhouse Style Entry Vignette by Prodigal Pieces |

Build a Rustic Farmhouse Coat Rack with Reclaimed Materials. Tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

The corbels add support as well as style. I like her mix of wood, paint, and stains. Makes it have that rustic farmhouse style you know I love. Don’t you?

DIY Coat Rack for Farmhouse Style Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Miss S and I hope you’ve enjoyed her makeover. If you’d love to own it she is offering it up in my shop. (SOLD) Plenty of other handmade goodies in there for you too!

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Do pin and share so others can be inspired (even other kids) to give DIY a try. We will love it if you do!

Check out this repurposed coat rack made by a pre-teen in farmhouse style. DIY on the blog at Prodigal Pieces |

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I hope to make something really cool out of this pile of stuff! Do you think I can do it?

Reclaimed Wood Pile at Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Mary West

    I love it! We need something like this, I keep telling my husband we are going to make a coat rack for all the jackets and backpacks! This one is beautiful! She did an awesome job!

    September 7, 2017 at 5:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! You just made her day. Thank you, Mary!

      September 7, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Great job, Miss S! Not only is it functional but beautiful as well. I bet it sells quickly!

    September 7, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Thank you for the encouraging words, Cecilia!

      September 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Awesome piece! Miss S did a beautiful job. She’s as talented as her mother!

    September 7, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She says, “Thanks!

      September 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Wow! I’m so amazed that she isn’t afraid to use electric tools. It scares me a bit. Can I borrow her for about…. say 2 or 3 years ??? You and Hubby are doing such a wonderful job as parents, Larissa. I look at some of the nieces and nephews in my family and I can only shake my head. I wish all youngsters were more like yours.

    September 7, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…she’s a huge help here in more ways than one. You should see her cook! 🙂

      September 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • gwen

    Fabulous job Miss S! I too love the mix of wood finishes!
    (Larissa – I just scored a tall soon-to-be laundry basket! in intend to dry brush some paint on it, line it and put a tag on it just like yours!)

    September 7, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How awesome, Gwen! I hope you have fun.

      September 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Beautifully done Larissa. You must be one proud mama!!

    September 7, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I sure am, Mary! Thank you.

      September 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    what a blessing it must be to watch your children do what you love to do. She did a great job and turned it into something so useful. Great job Miss S.

    September 7, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure makes a mama proud. Thank you!

      September 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Marie

    A+ Miss S – I am sure your Farmhouse Coat Rack will sell quickly! Mom: As for your question whether we think you can do something with that pile of junk for Tuesday’s post – a great big YES and know it will be amazing!

    September 7, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We hope so! Thank you, Marie. I am working on those projects long and hard and hoping they come out right! Thanks for the vote of confidence. 😀

      September 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    Great job Miss S, I too would like to borrow you, lol.

    September 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…she is on the way! 😀

      September 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    Did the repurposed sign need to be restained or just cleaned up after the stickers came off? It looks like not much was done to it.

    September 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Just took off the stickers. 😉

      September 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Gail Ebeling

    What a beautiful job she did. One proud mom I bet. This is so helpful when she grows up to know she can make the things she envisions. Those projects always feel so special.

    September 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet is right! Thank you, Gail.

      September 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Unbelievably great work Miss S! All of us viewers are really proud of you!
    If I can ask a quick question, What did you use to hang it on your wall after it was all done and beautiful! I always worry about how much weight something like this can hold? My grandsons’ backpacks seem a lot heavier than mine did way back when. Can’t wait to see your next project Miss S, you go girl!!

    March 8, 2018 at 11:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun! Thank you. We use keyhole either routed in our added with hardware for the weight. If you want, a French cleat can be used too – we use that often as well.

      March 8, 2018 at 4:39 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    Beautiful job Miss S!!!

    October 26, 2018 at 8:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Elaine! 😀

      October 27, 2018 at 9:09 pm Reply

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