DIY THURSDAY: BARN DOOR TO COAT RACK

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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DIY THURSDAY: STENCILING!

One of my favorite, go-to, easy-as-pie crafts that I can’t quite get enough of is stenciling. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it instantly adds character and personality to any room. Most importantly, it’s easy on the wallet!

There actually are quite complicated stencils out there that require time, a steady hand, and lots and lots of patience, but I, of course, lean toward the very uncomplicated, instant gratification kind of stencils. Yes, that’s much more my style…

Bistro Sign Styled

Farm Fresh Profile 2 edited

Be Our Guest_edited-2

I actually sold all of these pieces and plan on making many more in the future, but you can make your own with just a few, simple items:

  1. Letter stencils, which you can purchase in various sizes at any hobby store (I got mine from Michaels). Or take a browse on Etsy!
  2. Stencil adhesive (ditto). Just be sure to not spray too much adhesive on the stencil, and allow it to dry for 30 seconds before applying onto your board. Otherwise, the adhesive could leave behind a residue.
  3. Paint and small paint brush – I like to use a flat, rounded brush to dab into the stencil rather than using brush strokes. That way, paint doesn’t get stuck into the crevices and/or seep under the stencil to create a huge mess!
  4. A distressed board. Or, you can simply create your own distress by adding a few drops of water to a darker base color of your choice, watered down just enough (similar to the consistency of a fruit smoothie) to create a stain – brush on, allow to sit for about 15-20 seconds, and then wipe of with a cloth. Continue to do this until you have your desired color, but allowing the grain of the wood to still show through. After the base layer is dry, do the same with a white paint, but add just a couple extra drops of water for a slightly thinner consistency (this is called white-washing). The grain of the wood should still show through. Once the top layer is dry, use sandpaper (I prefer 180-grit) to distress it to your desired look.
  5. Picture hangers, twine, or ribbon to hang your original art!

I tend to see stenciled art everywhere – and I love it, knowing that I can create my own. Even Décor Steals’ “deal of of the day” today was a stencil piece that I (and you) could easily recreate!

DECOR STEALS {Previously WULSU}

So, now that you have this effortless craft fresh in your mind, what phrase do you plan on stenciling? A few of my favorites are:

“Be calm & carry on”

“Think happy. Be happy.”

“Ooh la la!”

“It’s always worth it.”

And of course,

“Farm Fresh”

Enjoy! Smile