This project is very much inspired by having a lot of scrap wood lying around. Ha! For any of you DIYers out there who do wood projects, even only once in a blue moon, I bet you’ve been there. Scrap wood just seems to multiple when left alone at our house, so I had been thinking about projects that could use some of that wood because it keeps projects more economical, and it just feels good to finally use something that you’ve been saving forever. Makes me feel JUSTIFIED and not like just some scrap wood hoarder. 🙂
I also thought it would be fun to make a little wall coat rack in our entryway area for us to use or for when friends come over. I’ve seen cityscape coat racks before (google it, they are everywhere!), and the shape seemed like something that could work well with the scrap wood I had around. So I went for it. Here’s how I made mine in case you feel inspired to use some scrap wood you might have laying around. 😉
-scrap wood pieces
-paint + paint pen
-hanging hardware + drywall anchors
You might also need a saw if you need to cut your scrap wood pieces.
Step One: If needed, cut your wood into rectangles to be the “buildings” in your cityscape. Then glue the pieces together, holding together as they dry with a clamp.
My piece was something that had already been glued together. It’s actually a scrap piece from when the counter at our bar, The Golden Girl Rum Club, was built over a year ago. I have been saving this piece for that long! I just thought it was an interesting shape that I would use in some project someday. So, maybe I do have a little bit of a supply hoarder tendency, but I also just liked the idea of having a piece of our bar in our home. I’m cheesy and sentimental like that.
Step Two: Paint the buildings, and then use a paint pen to add windows, doors, etc. There’s a lot of ways to change up your design to suit your style… you could paint the buildings pretty much any color that suits your space. Have fun with this step!
Step Three: Screw the hooks to the front and add the hanging hardware to the back. Unless you find studs while you are hanging this, I would recommend wall anchors so that your coat rack will be able to hold a substantial amount of weight since it may have many heavy coats on it if you have a lot of guests over or something. Always good to make things more sturdy (rather than less sturdy).
That’s it. This is a pretty simple little wood project that I really enjoyed making for our home. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.