A girl's gotta have a place to hang her hats! Especially when that girl has as many as I do. Some people claim not to be hat people, but I am emphatically a hat fanatic. L-O-V-E them! They can be sassy and stylish or hard-working and practical. They can convey your mood or hide the abominable state of your hair. Three cheers for hats!
When I saw this salvaged mantel piece in a local antique store for $30, I was thrilled. I adore architectural pieces...especially if they have great details and patina like this piece. I originally was going to make a coat rack out of it, but eventually I determined that it would be perfect to hang my hat collection in my closet. Here's how I did it.
- 1 salvaged mantel piece
- 9 vintage coat hooks
- Bag of Rags from Rockler
- Deft Clear Wood Finish from Rockler
- 18 wood screws
- cordless screwdriver
- 2 triangle picture hangers & screws/nails
- 2 wall hooks
|STEP 1: Find a flat open surface to work on. I used the driveway. :)|
|STEP 2: Clean the mantel and hooks of any dust using rag from Rockler's Bag of Rags. |
STEP 3: Space the hooks evenly across the mantel piece. This mantel had existing drilled holes, so I spaced them according to them.
|STEP 5: Using the cordless drill, I screwed the hooks into the mantel. Pre-drilling was not necessary.|
STEP 6: Attach the 2 triangle picture hangers to the back of the piece. Put 1 near each end. Make sure they are level.
|STEP 7: Determine where you want to hang the hat rack. Measure and place your wall hooks.|
|STEP 8: Hang it up!|
|STEP 9: Hang your hats! I placed some on top as well as on the hooks.|
I'm feeling so organized! Those hats have been stuck in a drawer since last fall. It feels great to add more unexpected vintage character to the master bedroom. And now this girl's got a place to hang her hats!