Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shabby, chic, and unique coat/towel rack

A while back I had bought a full size ugly wood headboard. Unfortunately I don't have before pictures because it was purchased pre blogging days. Anyway, I decided I was going to turn it into a coat/towel rack. I painted it a very pale blue and distressed it.

Next, being that it is so large, I needed to find substantially sized hooks. During my search I realized how expensive hooks are. It was getting to the point where one hook was going to cost more than what I payed for the headboard. Then I got lucky and stumbled across a 4 pack of hooks at TJ MAXX on clearance for $5.99.

I was not liking the prints at all. I'm not much of an earth tone gal, and although I love TJ MAXX, they looked to "TJ MAXX" if you know what I mean. So I decided to change the print. I found something I liked online and printed it out.

Then I traced the circles and came up with 4 new prints for my hooks.

I mod podged them on and removed the hook from the backside to replace on the front side.

Once dry, I sprayed Krylon polyurethane to the top of all 4.

Once the poly dried, I added Gorilla Glue to the backside of each circle.

I screwed these to the headboard using the Gorilla Glue for extra security.

I painted numbers above each hook and here is the finished product:

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  1. Love it! Are you selling it? Or putting it in your house?

  2. i love that color! it looks awesome, but that color is singing to me!

  3. Very cute! I agree with you on the original hooks--they look much better now. :)

    What a unique project. Thanks for sharing.


  4. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So creative!

  5. Love it! I have a headboard and footboard sitting in my carport right now... I may have to get inventive and try something like this!

  6. Oh this is absolutely clever and stunning! I agree that the hooks were not great looking before and I would have passed them over. I wished I had your talent for overlooking the fugly and seeing the potential.

  7. Be still, my heart! I LOVE THIS COAT RACK! Amazing!

  8. Fantastic idea!

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Darling Lisa~ you are so creative!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  10. You were going to pay more for a hook then the headboard? That's nuts. I like the pattern you picked though. Very pretty. I need more hooks in my house. I just worry about putting hooks on things because I don't want someone to run or walk into it.

    -Zane of ontario honey