Thursday, September 19, 2013

creating a coat rack

Hi all!

Coat Rack Ingredients: 
  • Wood
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Hooks
  • Stud finder (or the ability to find a stud)
  • Tape measure 

Yesterday, we went to a lumber shop, and found some great wood to create a coat rack with! We didn't really know what to expect when we entered the lumber shop. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the owner's helpful attitude! I immediately, went for the Bocote wood. It had great color, knots, and design. And what do you know, it's one of the more expensive types of wood. Go figure. BUT it was just so beautiful, we couldn't pass it up!
After we finished browsing at the lumber shop, we headed to Lowe's to pick out some hooks! We both wanted black, such a quick decision (if only we could decide what to eat that quickly)!

Matt and I decided it would be most beneficial if we hung the wood behind the front door. Furthermore, since it's our front door, it will always be visible! We decided we wanted ours hung horizontally, but you could definitely hang it vertically- that would be a great twist to the average coat rack. 

A nice thing about Bocote wood, is it doesn't need to be stained or a polyurethane placed on it. Actually, it doesn't really absorb stain, so you're really just wasting your time! This was a major plus for me... I could hang it that much quicker! 

Next, we measured. I don't mind things a bit organically different, however, Matt prefers to go the more exact route. 

Four hooks were placed every foot. We wanted more of a statement piece, so we decided to keep the wood rather long. Because we decided this was going to hold coats, hats, purses or whatever; we knew it needed to find a stud. I didn't think our apartment manager would enjoy a huge dry wall hole in the wall. 

Matt did the honors of drilling the holes. We are still learning things... but apparently Bocote wood is also very dense. I don't think I've ever heard him grunt more trying to drill into this tiny piece of wood! Our poor neighbors! 
After that, the coat rack was hung! It was a  relatively simple process! It also helps if you've got someone to use a power tool. Thanks to the little lumber shop, our apartment is feeling a bit more homey. Matt got to buy a power drill and I got to hang up my purse, what a compromise.


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