Friday, July 1, 2011

Coat Rack

I found this old coat rack at a junk sale a few weeks ago.
 I thought it was cool
despite some serious flaws. But it was cheap, because of those same flaws.
 It wasn't hard to make it usable again. I cut off the end you can see above. There was no way to fix that.
Then I glued the whole rack to a board that I cut to fit on the length. I used Gorilla wood glue.

(This is the only picture I took of that process. It's unfortunate.)
This won't work unless you have clamps. You could try putting something really heavy on it until it dries, but clamps really do work better.
Then I just wiped on some stain and hung it in the mudroom.
I had to exercise some serious restraint on this thing.
I wanted to paint it white and add some cute black numbers or something.
But then every reason I had for buying it in the first place would have been erased.
I had to remind myself that I like the chippy black paint, the weathered wood and the disappearing decals! Giving this piece a total re-do would have made all it's innate coolness totally disappear.
If the day comes when I no longer think it's cool, I can always paint it white and add some black numbers, right?


Thanks for reading!


*Update* Be sure to read comment #10~she knows her stuff!

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26 comments:

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I like it! I understand it would have been hard to exercise restraint--but it's good you still have the option for later. You have a great eye for recognizing treasure!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i think it is So cool, and so you!!!! it really suits you perfectly!

The Painted Parlor said...

Ooh, I love! I'm glad you stained it and kept the original wood, you might get sick of it later, but I think it looks awesome!! I love a little real wood here and there.

:)
Julie

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Absolutely! It does look very cool. I like the rubbed off markings too.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Awesome! I Love it just the way it is!

Two Thirty Five Designs said...

LOVING THIS!!!! Awesome!!!
You posted on my blog, twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com, and I came over! Thanks for the sweet comment so much!!! I am your newest follower and would appreciate the follow back. Loving your blog!

Curbside Collector said...

Very cool find!

Ido said...

I agree with you, it looks awesome the way it is? isn't the company "Gates" located in Denver, I think Ive seen it there.
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
XXX Ido

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

It looks great! Good find:) I have the same problem...it's hard to stop "fixing". You made the right decision, though. It has so much character the way it is.

time worn interiors said...

Your coat rack is actually a rubber belt holder. (belts for cars) The Gates Rubber Company has been in Elizabethtown, Ky. over 30 years and they just moved a couple of years ago! That's what the word Gates stands for on your rack! It will make an wonderful coat rack. Just thought you'd like to know!
tot

Jenn Erickson said...

Suzanne, it's perfect! What a great find. I really appreciate the fact that you didn't sand it all down to the wood and gloss it up with new paint. The history, age, and beauty shine through with your restoration and vintage looking stain. I love the original lettering too!

gail said...

wonderfully perfect! and you're right, you can always change it up when you're tired of chippy black!
thanks so much for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can.
gail
ps I'll be catching you next week!

jandjhome said...

This is a great piece. I've just spent the last hour scrolling through most of your blog. I'm loving it. My style at home is very modern, but I've been trying to incoprate some more vintage/rustic pieces. I'm going to love following you. Thanks for inspiration.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love it the way it is now too. But you can always change it down the road. Can't do it the other way around!

Dagmar said...

Hi Suzannne,
It must of appealed to you on a personal level..love that you left it with the name on and and it was interesting reading that it was to hold rubber belts! now it will even have more meaning....and you are right you can always paint it later on...
Happy 4 th of July for Monday...may the sunshine and the crowds love it.
ox

NanaDiana said...

Really a cool old piece. I like it just as it sits...or lies...or..whatever it is doing! I don't think I have ever seen one quite like it. So..now that you have your coat hooks up there and are happy with it...will we be calling you the Happy Hooker? Just askin'....xo Diana

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Love it as is! Great call and really cool piece!

Donna

Jodi said...

Love it! I also love Gorilla Glue - works to hold just about anything!

Barbara Jean said...

good choice to leave it. love it the way it is.

blessings
barbara jean

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Nice photos!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

so cool.

{northern cottage} said...

ha! funny - i JUST sold one exactly like this at my recent SALE! Love it but didn't have just the right spot for it. Do you know what it was originally? I guess a auto belt hanger rack! Cool eh? Love how you put yours to use!

the cape on the corner said...

who woulda thought that was anything but a coat hanger, lol. i love how you kept yours. and your float is amazing! congrats on your prize, it's well deserved i'm sure!

Toqua's Crafts said...

I am here via Gail of My Repurposed Life and her "Catch". I absolutely *LOVE* this the way it is! And so cool that #10 time worn interiors said the history behind it.

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Suzanne your coat rack ROCKS....I'm so glad you were acquainted with 'restraint' when you worked this piece....** wink **....Oh year....TOT knows her stuff FERSURE....!!

Cheers,
Tamarah :o)

coat stand said...

Absolutely! It does look very cool. I like the rubbed off markings too

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