Coat Tree

Yay me, I finished a project this weekend!! I’m notorious for having numerous projects started that take me a while to finish. Sometimes it’s because I’m waiting for that ah-ha moment when I figure out how I want to finish it. Often, it’s because working and running my Girls to activities almost every night after school and most weekends, I just don’t have time.

Although I’m starting to get the hang of blogging, I don’t remember to take photos while putting things together. You’ll just have to use your imagination.

This project is not made from any repurposed materials; I had to truck myself to Lowes to get a 2 x 2, garment hooks, and a finial. I did have scraps of 2 x 8, 1 x 8, and base cap moulding that I used for the base.

While working on another project I had a vision for this. My original plan was to make a plain bright-colored coat tree for kids. In fact, I made it a comfortable height for my kids to hang clothes on (it’s 62 inches tall), but it’s still tall enough for me.

To make it:

I cut my 2 x 2 to the desired height, a 2 x 8 scrap into a square, then cut a 1 x 8 a little smaller to sit on top of the 2 x 8 to have a tapered look.

I glued the 2 x 8 & 1 x 8 together.

Once dry, I drilled a hole through the center of my glued pieces, the center of the 2 x 2, then screwed them together using a 3 inch wood screw (using glue to reinforce).

It wasn’t as sturdy as I would have liked, so I mitered scrap 2 x 2 into 4 pieces to fit on top of the 1 x 8 (and the base of the 2 x 2). I glued my mitered pieces and fit them in place. At this point, I used my level to assure the upright 2 x 2 was straight from all sides, and clamped it together. I attached the mitered 2 x 2s to the upright 2 x 2 with wood screws and to the 1 x 8 base with my finish nail gun.


It was much sturdier (and it was straight), but the scrap of 2 x 8 that I used for the very bottom was warped so the whole thing didn’t sit flat ( note to self – check that next time). I used my sander to help even out the bottom but thought it could still use a little more stability so I mitered base cap moulding to fit around the very bottom of the 2 x 8, glued & clamped, then nailed with my finish nailer.


I drilled a hole in the center of the top, applied glue and attached the final.


I liked the look, but it already turned out different that I envisioned so I had to think on the finish.

I spackled the holes where I’d glued and nailed, caulked any joined pieces, and once dry sanded. Then I spray painted my coat tree with Rust-Oleum Painters’ Touch in Heirloom White, sanded between coats and repeated.

The finish was a little too bright, so I sanded the edges and wiped on some Rustoleum Stain in Dark Walnut (and kept on wiping). I love the way it added detail to the base.


Last I pre-drilled holes and attached garment hooks.


Cost to make – around $15.00:
Free – scrap 2 x 8, 1 x 8, and base cap moulding.
$1.48 – 2 x 2 furring strip
$2.98 – unfinished wood finial
$6.54 – garment hooks ($3,28 for a 2-pack)
$3.98 – Rust-Oleum Painters’ Touch spray paint in Heirloom White


I made the coat tree because the idea was in my head waiting to come to life. I didn’t plan to put it in my house; I planned to sell it, but it works here – great place to hang my purse. I’ll have to think on it a couple of days.



The dresser in the photo belonged to my husband’s Grandmother. We need to refinish it – that will be a future project. We’re not experienced in refinishing so we’ll need to practice on something with less sentimental value. Stay tuned…

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About southernflaircrafts

I am a very busy wife and mother of two beautiful little girls. I work part-time in a flexible position as an Office Administrator for a financial advisory firm; I love the work I do and am especially grateful that it allows me to be a Mom first. I love to create!! Although I think my creativity was born with my first child, before children I would not have considered myself very creative. My mind is always wandering ahead to my next project, whether it's woodworking, sewing, paitning, or crafting with my kids. I also love blog-hopping (and blogging - I'm learning as I go); sometimes I see things I know I have got to make or I see a great creation and am insprired with ideas of my own. I especially like projects that rescue some treasure that would otherwise become another victim of the landfill.
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3 Responses to Coat Tree

  1. Nicki says:

    Love it!!!! Can’t wait to see what’s next!!!!

  2. Awesome coat rack! You did a wonderful job on it. I love it.

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