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Thursday, November 18, 2010

{quick & simple coat hooks}

Isn't there always a need for more hooks? Whether it's your mudroom, pantry, playroom, or kids' rooms, they add storage without taking up a lot of space.

Despite having fantastic lockers, hooks, and baskets in our mudroom, with five kids and their stuff, it just wasn't enough. Winter is quickly coming upon us, so in addition to the usual backpacks and school bags, they each have snow gear plus their usual coats.

This is a really quick and simple project, and you can go about it a couple of different ways. If you have access to tools to cut wood, I would use MDF, which you can purchase at any hardware store. It's less expensive, and you can use it for a variety of other projects as well. If not, then you can buy a piece of wood, as wide and as thick as you like, and they should cut it to length for you. I would suggest a 1 inch thick piece of pine, and you can decide the width. They come in 2 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch, 8 inch, and 10 inch width. Remember, that the actual width of the wood is about 1/2 smaller than it says it is. So, a 4 inch board is really about 3.5 inches. I would take a measuring tape with you, so you can get the exact measurement. There are usually two types of pine--a cheaper version, and a more expensive version. In this case, go for the cheap kind. This is not furniture--the quality doesn't matter in this case at all. It will be fine for the wall!

I found the hooks at Target, and I love the two-pronged kind, since they allow me to hang up twice as much stuff in the same space. They were less expensive than Home Depot, and I liked them a lot better. :) I also have had a harder time finding oil rubbed bronze hooks all the major hardware stores, so I was happy to find these.

Names above each hook not only makes it so cute, but it's extremely functional as well. Now everyone has a space, and there isn't any confusion as to where anything goes. I bought the vinyl from my long-time vinyl supplier, Writings on the Wall. Becky is fabulous to work with, and can customize vinyl for any space--large or small. Not sure what you want? She can walk you through it. Know exactly what you want? She can do that too. Their prices are very reasonable, which is always a plus!

Quick and Simple Coat Hooks

  • MDF, or pine board, cut to desired length
  • spray paint
  • sander, or sandpaper
  • vinyl
  • hooks

1. Paint your board, and let dry completely.
2. Sand edges, then stain if desired.
3. Screw in hooks.
4. Add vinyl.
5. Hang on the wall!

I told you it was easy! Really, this project can easily be accomplished in one afternoon, from start to finish, and you'll be so pleased with the result!


Now I need something cute to hang above them...



Blogger Brandy said...

Love it! And yes more hooks are always needed in my home!

November 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

very cute! - I'm doing hooks for backpacks like this with a letter for each child. you always have great ideas!

November 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Two Shades of Pink said...

Oh, amen to more hooks! I love this idea especially it's simplicity! Great idea...and I am in awe of your laundry basket organization over there too. I would implement it if my laundry room was not the narrowest room in history! :)

November 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Just what I was looking for! Thanks! Love the hooks ~ now I'm off to Target. Your laundry room is fabulous and aren't you so organized!! Wish you'd come stay with me for a few days!!

November 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

I swear you've been to my house!! I did this about 5 years ago and mine too is black with sanded edges and vinyl names. I have had TONS of compliments on it and it works fabulously as long as the kids use it! I was a bit freaked when I first saw the picture on your blog because it looks SO much like mine. Great minds must think alike!!

November 18, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger *MICHELLE CAUDLE* said...

This is SO cute! I have a question about vinyl that maybe you could you use Oracal 631 (that is, as I understand it, the same stuff as the Cricut brand vinyl) that is matte & supposed to last 3 years? Do you use a different kind of vinyl for glass than for wood? I'm afraid that the 631 wouldn't stick as long to a wood project as it would to walls and glass...? Would Oracal 641 be good for wood projects? Sorry for all the questions!! I've only done one vinyl project so far but I really want to do more but want to make sure that I use the right vinyl for the right poject! Thank you!!

November 18, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger angie said...

i love this idea - so much that i made my own variation! i just blogged about it and shared your link. i hope you will check it out:
thanks for the inspiration!

January 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Love this idea! We will be featuring you over at our blog Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to get started on mine. :)

January 4, 2011 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger FirstTimeMommy said...

Love Love Love!! Moving soon and this will deffinitly come in hand around my house!

January 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger FirstTimeMommy said...

Love Love Love!! Moving soon and this will deffinitly come in hand around my house!

January 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM  

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