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Upcycled Farmhouse Coat Rack Tutorial

Yes, I am the nut perusing the wood section of the thrift store like a sleuth looking for diamonds. They are, after all “diamonds in the rough”, right? I’m sure many passed this fruity shelf up, but I saw a fun project just waiting. I plan to turn this into an upcycled farmhouse coat rack. Do you see it?

Upcycled Thrift Store Shelf Before |

Okay, so I’ll admit that the food carving on the front wasn’t that bad, but it had that “Made in …. ” look to it. The faux dental molding was kinda meh, and I saw the potential for added function. I was kinda like…let’s change it up!

Wooden Shelf Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

First, I dug into my stash to find a piece of beadboard that would allow me to cover up the food. I’ve created a video tutorial for those of you who like to have a live visual (see below). I know it helps me at times too.

Scrap BeadBoard for DIY project |

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I cut it to size using my jigsaw. The key was to set my jigsaw blade at an angle when I made the bottom cut so that the bottom edge wouldn’t stick out bluntly.

Ryobi Jigsaw Set on Angle Cut |

Once it was cut, I sanded it down with my Corner Cat. I love these battery-operated tools!

Sanding Beadboard with Corner Cat Sander |

Next, I used my panel adhesive to add a bead on the back and attached the panel to the front with my nailer. I demonstrate it in the video below.

Once that was done, I wanted to make my upcycled farmhouse coat rack look cohesive. Of course, paint works wonders, so I used my Fan Brush to give a few coats of paint.

Painting Upcycled Coat Rack with Zibra Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces |

And, what is a coat rack without hooks, right? I’ve had many tell me they have a hard time getting hooks spaced right, so I’m sharing how to do it.

First, figure out where you want your outer hooks to be placed. I chose to bring mine 2″ in from each end. You can find these antique brass hooks HERE. (there are other finishes too)

How to Mount Coat Hooks |


Then, using my pencil, I mark the holes and pre-drill pilot holes using my drill. It’s best to use a drill bit slightly smaller than your shank of your screws. We pre-drill to prevent the wood from splitting as well as making our hook placement much easier.

Pre-Drilling Holes for Coat Rack |

Next, measure between your two outer hooks.

Measure Between Hooks |

Last, take that measurement and divide it by the number of spaces you will have to fill. For instance, I wanted to add two more hooks, so that would create 3 spaces between the outer two hooks.

DIY Hook Placement Diagram for Coat or Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

One other thing I needed to add were some Keyhole Hangers. You could also route them in with a keyhole router bit, but I chose to use my hardware instead. Unfortunately, the keyholes that were already on the back were chewed up and no longer functional.

Adding Keyhole Hangers |


Now our upcycled farmhouse coat rack (or towel rack) is done and ready for a new function with style.

Farmhouse Style Upcycled Coat Rack Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #videos #tutorial #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

White Farmhouse Coat Rack with Brass Hooks by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #videos #tutorial #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

The shelf can be used for vignettes or daily-grind drop off. Meanwhile, the hooks sure do add more function that that food did. haha!!

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with her Upcycled Farmhouse Coat Rack | Video tutorial at #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #videos #tutorial #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

Double Antique Brass Coat or Towel Hooks | Prodigal Pieces |

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As usual, my goal is to inspire you to maybe shop your home for items that could use a new look and use. Or maybe even head out for a thrift shopping spree to create your home story.

Modern Farmhouse Coat Rack Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #videos #tutorial #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

White Farmhouse Coat Rack with Double Antique Brass Hooks by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

Now, just for fun, I took two oddly long cupboard doors from my cupboard-door-stash-to-end-all-stashes and also made them into coat racks. It was as simple as adding hooks and hanging hardware.


One is in the rustic raw wood finish…

Rustic Farmhouse Coat Rack or Towel Rack for your Home | by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #videos #tutorial #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

Repurposed Cupboard Door Made into Rustic Farmhouse Coat Rack Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

…while the other is a weathered gray. I’d say they look like they were meant to be, wouldn’t you?

Rustic Weathered Gray Farmhouse Coat Rack Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Weathered Gray Farmhouse Coat Rack Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #shopping #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

I had fun recreating these unwanted wooden goodies and hope you had fun too. All these coat/towel racks are available in my online shop (white and long rack (All SOLD) for purchase.

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Time for some giveaway fun! I’ve been so eager to inspire you to give DIY a try and get the right tools in your hands. My motto since a kids has been #toolsoverjewels. Why? Well, why buy when you can create?

In order to help you on your own project journey, I’m giving away one of my favorite tools, the Palm Sander with battery and charger. PLUS you will also be getting a handmade  canvas sack full of goodies including one of my #trashure mugs, and one of my favorite paint brushes, the Round Brush, that I sell in my shop.

DIY Tools & Supplies Giveaway from Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #giveaway #tools #diy #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like (daily even for more entries). Open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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Do pin and share this upcycled farmhouse coat rack. For me, it’s all about inspiring you and others out there. DIY is where it’s at!

Sweet! This thrifted wooden shelf got a brand new life as an upcycled farmhouse coat rack | Video tutorial showing you how at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #vintage #home #homedecor #shopping #homedecorideas #farmhouse

Up next, this pair of plaques are definitely in need of  a makeover, don’t you think? See their new look HERE.

Thrifted Plaques Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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More projects like my upcycled farmhouse coat rack:

From curbside underbed drawers to a rustic farmhouse workbench for kitchen or console. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces loves taking trash and turning it into #trashure . Come see the DIY details at #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor #shoppingOutdated 1980's Dining Set Gets Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

178 replies on “Upcycled Farmhouse Coat Rack Tutorial”

Love the looks of your new hanging coat / hat rack.
I have a few items that needs sanding including a book shelf unit that my daughter gave me that I want to do for our new great grand daughter to display her books on. Using the palm sander would make it so much easier than using up sheets of sand paper.
Thank you for this super giveaway opportunity

Hi Larissa,
Another wonderful #trashure. I’m always happy to see your creations
I really like how the beadbord transforms this shelf.
I use the same method as you to place hooks but with an extra step . I will try to be clear ;). I measure the width of a hook and if I have two hook to add, I multiply it by two. Then I substract this value to the measure of the space between hooks already screwed and I divide by 3. The result is the value of the space between each hook.
After that no more mesurement required, I just have to cut a cut-off to the right size an place it between each hook to fix them. Easy peasy as you would say 😉
Have a very good day

You are incredible, You do thing that I would never have thought of. Keep up the great work. PS Id like to go thrifting with you our thrift stores don’t have the neat stuff yours do and if they do they want a fortune for them. thanks again

We are currently making laundry sorters for ours and our sons bedroom so we would use the sander to help with those! And I would totally do it while drinking coffee out of that mug!

This is amazing! I would definitely use the sander for this odd tall birdhouse shelf we picked up while thrifting. It’s pretty cheesy looking right now but I can’t wait to repaint it!

What a beautiful up-cycle! Definitely will be looking at the “ugly stuff “ on thrift store shelves in a whole new way!!!

My sad dining room table has more Knicks ans scratches than I would like to mention! I would use the sander do give my table new life. Thanks for making beautiful things out of other’s trash! You inspire me to be on the look out for more hidden gems at thrift stores and garage sales!

What a great idea and I love how it turned out !!!
I’m going to be on the lookout for shelves like this so I can make one for my back entrance. Larissa, I wish we lived closer as we would be the best thrift store searching friends ever !!

What a difference! Such a simple change turned fabulous! I would love to have my own sander to use on so many projects I have collected. I think I would start with the stool my kids use while practicing at our keyboard to start. It definitely needs a redo!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!

You inspire us with the most wonderful reuse recycle finds.
I enjoy watching and reading your post. Thank you so much
for sharing with us.

I always love your projects, Larissa! I’m a fan of dentil molding, so I really like the way this looks. Where did you get those hooks? fantastic! If you said, I missed it, sorry. My sander died, so I really do need a new one, thank you for the opportunity to win these great items! I will probably use them on a piece of fence that an elderly friend just gifted me with. I think she wants me to make her a scarecrow. 🙂

I love the new coat hooks! Banish the bread, bring on the hooks!!! 😊 I could really go for that super-skinny cupboard door hooks too. Now I know what to do next time I come across a score-of-a-skinny-door! 😊
Your giveaway is FANTASTIC!!! Oh the THINGS that cordless sander and I could do… I have this cute little cupboard that some poor innocent painted… and then gave up and donated …with latex over oil. It needs a small sander, and a lot of sander action! I can picture swigging my coffee while slapping a nice new coat of PRIMER (haha!, NOT latex!) on, and who can’t use a cute tote bag to store their new tools in?! You’re the best! Thanks for this!

Love this! The beadboard completes it! Any of these racks would look great in my guest bath for towels! That sander would come in handy for so many things!

I love your coat racks that you made! So inventive! It would be so cool to have that palm sander to give to my daughter. She just started making signs this past year as gifts to friends and family with scrap wood and it would make it easier to use the palm sander to finish the pieces quicker!

I just love watching how you converse a throwaway into something so beautiful. I love it! You got me starting to look at peoples trash for pieces I can redo.

Larissa … I love what you have done with that shelf (one of my favorites). And ~ i have to say that I really love, Love, LOVE the hooks that you used!! Thank you so much for all you you ~ you are an inspiration!

Michele Meacham

I have a cute little shelf I have been wanting to redo. It came to me with an awful, partial paint job. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

As always love your up-cycle! I look forward to reading your blog posts every time one drops in my inbox! Thanks for another great share

Love the shelf Larissa! I had something similar in mind but switching out the bead board with yardsticks stained with three different stains to make them look older. I have some antique hooks to use that I have picked up when I was picking last summer. Now just to find the time between my other projects to get it done! Thanks for sharing!

Woot! I debated on that as well as I have some broken ones I don’t mind using. I was kinda trying to keep it simple so anyone can do it, but I love that idea too!! I’d love to see it when you’re done.

I have a very narrow attic, meaning I have to slide on my belly to access anything. I thought about screwing some planks to slide across, but I would need the planks to be very smooth so I can pull myself without becoming a pincushion for splinters. This palm sander would be perfect for that.

Love the transformation from outdated food shelf to gorgeous coat rack! Your vision always amazes me and can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with those ugly plaques..haha! I could definitely use some power tools as I have several pieces that need makeovers and I’ve got to where it’s hard for me to sand by hand. Thanks for the giveaway and can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned next!

Arthritis makes sanding hard as many of you readers know so I could really use a sander. I will look for a similar wooden piece to up the use of it. Great job.

Such great projects! I love how they turned out! Thank you for sharing the link for the hooks! They are in my shopping cart! Can’t wait to use them on something for the shop! They are perfect, and the price is awesome!
You never ceases to amaze me with your talent and eye for details!

The coat raacacack is so cute and useful. I need one by each door! You truly make me look twice at all the ‘meh’ items at our local thrift shop!

Love All the racks. I made a small one w/ a piece of casing trim and some screw-in cup hooks, ’cause that’s what I had to work with. It works great.

Thanks! Yes, they’re a favorite thing of mine to do. By looking at all my past creations you’d think I was a coat rack addict. haha! The scrap ones are my favorite to build too.

Larissa, you made that shelf look so good and useful now and it also looks so much better as a coat rack, now that you’ve had you way with it! The other two coat racks are just as beautiful!!! I enjoyed watching your You Tube video as well. Thank you for the opportunity to enter you very generous giveaway too! Stay safe and warm!!

This giveaway is fantastic! I love your cabinet door coat racks! So simple and so clever! I’m definitely going to have to go to a Habitat Rehab to fine some long narrow ones like those. I love them!

Wow! Love the transformation of the coat rack with the bead board & the color. The hooks are wonderful too! This makes me want to transform something. I will have to look through my stash & see what I can come up with. You are an inspiration!

Love a coat rack and you did a great job. Had one at old house but no place for one in this house since so small of an entrance. Think I will add similar one to back door going into garage.

Love the makeover! I’ve been wanting a place for towels and something like this would be perfect. The hooks are awesome as well! Thanks for the inspiration.

I love how you used the beadboard to change the look of this dated shelf. The hooks spacing hint is very helpful. Thanks!

Love it!!! and those books are gorgeous! A palm sander would be an awesome addition to my little tool box. I’ve no idea what my first project would be, but I’m sure it would be out to good use. ❤

I keep going to thrift stores now and just got a miter box and saw and am upcycling some old canvases to farmhouse signs! You do inspire us! keep up the great work! God bless!

Ido love your piece, Larissa! My first project would be a small bench I’ve had 4-ever! It’s got plenty of nicks, scratches and ugly painted flowers on it. I could turn that bench into something really pretty and useful!

Omg ;;; How did you know, I love coat racks … I dreams of owning my own tools… I hate having to ask or borrowing tools.. Theses, would make my life so, much easier. What a nice Valentine present 🎁.. I have a to do list a mile long… Your blog has inspired me to really think outside the box … Thank you; 🙏 for all the budget friendly ideas .. 👍👍

First I would use the bag to shop for paint & stain. I have a side table with spindle legs that needs to be made over. I would use the sander to ready the top for stain & the round brush to paint the legs. Then when I’m done I will enjoy a cup of coffee in my trashure mug.

What vision! I am nervous to try some things but working on gaining a comfort level with painting. Have made over a couple of small pieces so far and having fun.

I have some wood pieces from an 1822 church that our Heritage Association is restoring. I have some projects in mind and the sander would really come in handy! I get so many great ideas from you!

I would use the sander on my dresser I had as a child. It is over 50 years old and really excited to tackle this project. You sure do beautiful work and have such creativity!

I forgot to tell you what I would do with the tools! I have countless projects to work on. The tools would certainly help make the work easier. I desperately want the brush! Everything is fantastic and would make me very happy!

Beautiful job Larissa! You’re such an AMAZING inspiration! Everything you do turns out just perfect! Keep up the great blog! I’m looking forward to many more post from you!!!!! It’s a pleasure to have found you!!

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