I’m a huge fan of those old, chippy, and occasionally rotten wooden architectural pieces. In fact, I’d like to have far more of them in my home. Unfortunately, it just so happens that they often come with a hefty price tag, or they are so rotten that they simply fall apart in my hand! So until I stumble upon those pieces that speak to me – without instantly crumbling into dust – I have to settle with what I have or simply create something similar…

Aha! Some of you may remember the barn door turned coat rack I put up in place of this piece:

Old Coat rack

Well, today I finally decided to do something with it. A few swipes of paint and a dab of dark wax would transform this piece into the perfect architectural décor for my French door frame. So off to work I went…

Coat Rack Before

First, and quite obviously, I needed to remove the hardware, so I grabbed a Phillips-head screw driver, removed all the screws, pulled off the hooks, and put them to the side for use on another project.

Coat Rack During

I then sanded down the holes a bit and filled each one with wood-filler. After allowing the filler to quickly dry, I lightly sanded again, wiped down the entire piece with a damp cloth, and began painting in…you guessed it, Annie Sloan’s Old White!

Coat Rack During 2

With two light coats of chalk paint, I gave it time to fully dry, and then once again lightly sanded the piece down, distressing at the corners and along the edges.  After wiping it free of dust, I began waxing the entire piece with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. Once the clear wax was buffed, I then began applying dark wax, making sure I really worked it into all of the nicks and grooves:

Coat Rack Waxed

With the dark wax, I tend to work in smaller sections – this piece was small enough for me wax on half the piece with dark wax, and then wax off with clear wax before the dark wax fully dried. I then repeated the process on other half. This process removes the majority of the dark wax, leaving behind a light stain on the majority of the piece, and a darker, almost dirty-like stain in the nicks and grooves. The final product looked like this:

Coat Rack Complete Macro

It took me a while to hang it above the French doors – I really could have used a second pair of hands! But after struggling with it a bit this morning, I finally managed to get it in place, and fairly straight too!

Coat rack Completed Hung

It’s a little more brown than I would typically paint, but I think it mirrors (pun intended) this piece directly across from it quite nicely:

Mirror in Dining Room

What do you think? Do you have miscellaneous items laying around that, with a little TLC, can be transformed into architectural décor? Time to start rummaging around in your garage!


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I have a strange obsession with old, barn doors, and while I’m typically able to refrain from purchasing them only due to the lack of storage in my home, my heart does a quick pitter patter every. single. time. I see one.

At the Luckett’s Antique Fair out in Leesburg this last Spring (which was amazing, by the way!), however, I came across a door I simply couldn’t resist. It was weathered grey deliciousness…

Barn Door As is

I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it, but I just had to have it, and have it I did. I lugged it home in complete bliss only to stuff it into a corner and have it sit for the next three months…until yesterday.

On a side note, another thing I can’t resist is a good coat or blazer. And this, my friends, is something that I can make room for. While some women have a thing for shoes – yeah, I’ve got a thing for coats. There’s no such thing as too many.

With that said, the only “coat closet” we have is either my own closet (which is now full…) and until recently, a fairly dinky coat rack we had hanging in the hallway:

Coat Rack Original

Something had to give, and I wasn’t about to give up my coat collection.

This is where my Aha! moment comes in – the barn door! Why not turn the barn door into a larger, less cluttered coat rack? So after a quick trip to Lowes, I happily began working on my project.

Items needed:

Hardware for Barn Door

  1. D-Ring Hangers to hang the door
  2. Hooks to hang coats on
  3. Drywall screws/anchors (that hold a good chunk of weight!)
  4. Screwdriver
  5. Drill
  6. Measuring Tape
  7. Leveler
  8. Pencil
  9. and of course, the barn door!

After removing most of the old, rusted hardware from the back side of the door, I screwed in two D-Rings approximately 6” from each end. On the front side, I then spaced the hooks approximately 9” apart from each other (give or take, I mostly eyeballed it) and screwed them right in with screws included in the package. Easy as pie!

Barn Door Hooks

(Beer sometimes helps in the DIY process…)

Unfortunately, leveling the door on the wall wasn’t quite as easy and for this I needed an extra pair of hands (aka The Husband). After eyeballing and marking with a pencil the height we wanted the door on the wall, we went to work measuring and leveling…

First, we measured the full length of the door so we could center it appropriately on the wall. We then measured between the D-rings so we knew where to place the screws to actually hang the door. Then, with a leveler, a couple of stools (aka dining room chairs), and a pencil, we began marking a few points on the wall – and then measured and re-measured (and argued just a little..) to confirm those points. Finally, we drilled the holes at are our measured two points, popped in the drywall anchors and screws, and hung the door. Voila! It was amazingly sturdy and straight.

Barn Door Hung

Barn Door Complete

I think it adds a nice bit of character to the wall, and the space looks much less cluttered! (we’ll see how long it actually stays that way…)

What do you think?

As for the previous coat rack:

Old Coat rack

I plan on removing the hooks, filling in all the holes with wood filler, repainting, and if all goes well, this will be hung as architectural décor above the French doors in my dining room – pictures of this to be revealed soon!


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