The other day while I was at my shop “American Clutter” (I just love our shop name lol), I was going through our stock pile of stuff. I remembered that we had these awesome vintage hooks that we got from a house about to be demolished and I wanted to make something with them. I grabbed a few boards and stared at them for a moment and thought…towel/coat hangers would be awesome!
They were so simple to make and probably took less than 3o minutes total. I did one for the pool house and a “home” one. The best part was that I just used the scrap boards laying around so I did not have to cut or measure out. My advice for you is that pick your stencils first. Then see what boards you have and put the stencils on to see if the board will work. If not you may have to cut a board. The board is a 2×6 if that helps so you know how wide it is and thick it is.
Here is what you need. Your board, sand paper, spray paint in the colors of your choice, outdoor/indoor paint in the color of your choice (you can use spray paint or regular paint, your choice), Letter Stencils (THESE are the ones I used), painters tape, and a triangle (it worked perfectly to line the tape up, but if you just have a ruler you can draw a line and tape along it.
Measure out 6 squares on your board. Then tape off every other one so you can paint it white, or whatever color you choose.
This is what it should look like when you are done taping. The tiny tape pieces in every other block was my way of remembering not to paint that section. Also, if you look at the photo above you will see that the taped pieces look closer together. You want to tape on the inside of the line that you are not painting, make sense?
I did one layer of white chalk paint so that you could still see the wood grain behind it. If you want it to be solid use a second coat, or acrylic paint even for a thicker layer.
For the HOME coat hook I made I left the other sections wooden. Then you just grab your stencils and spray paint them on blocking off the rest of the board so you don’t get over spray.
For the POOL towel hanger I painted the other sections mint, let it dry, and then spray painted on the words.
Check out all of the hooks we got from that house! They all have random paint on them, acorn looking engravings and are just plain fun.
Aren’t they super fun!?
If you don’t have any cool hooks, you can get them HERE on amazon or just do a search and see what other ones pop up!
PS. The next few photos are not so great. It got dark out and since we work in a garage the lighting is horrible. Sadface.
See..yikes! Anyway, I am horrible with measuring things and being exact.
I went in about 2 inches from the end of the board and placed a hook. Then I did the same on the other side.
Then I grabbed two more hooks and eyeballed them to be evenly spaced out. You can absolutely measure them to make sure they are accurate. I have a knack for eyeballing things evenly. It’s my hidden talent haha.
After I added the hooks, I drilled two holes 16 inches apart so that whoever buys it can just add a screw and hang it up. I did measure that! Find the center of your bard and then measure out 8 inches on both sides and drill a hole.
I really like the coat hanger HOME version. I did another one for the pool that is aqua and white..it turned out awesome.
Which one do you like better, the home or pool version of the coat/towel rack?