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
ITEMS YOU NEED:
- MDF, or pine board, cut to desired length
- spray paint
- sander, or sandpaper
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…