Repurposed Black Coat Rack

Today I'm repurposing an old project. I do that every now and then when I don't use the original project anymore. 

I made a coat rack for the bottom of my stairs that goes with the decor of my house and is super simple. 

The original project was made with scrap wood so other than the hooks I bought from Amazon, this project was almost free! Twice!  

Take a look...

mirror and black hook shelf

I began with this project I made a few years ago. It was a great project, using a great stencil and was perfect for Christmas.

village coat rack

My daughter loved it so much she hung it in her house for a while. It isn't something that was strictly for Christmas. 

As you're reading through this post please pay attention to the bold blue links that will take you to more information and the products I used for this project. Also the READ MORE sections will take you to related Homeroad projects. 

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Now that I got the shelf back, because my daughter is renovating her house, I wanted to repurpose it to make it fit my needs. I began by measuring the wall at the bottom of my stairs where I wanted to hang a coat rack. Keep in mind this is a difficult place to photograph so the pictures are a little shadowy. 

I cut the village shelf to the full length of the wall at the bottom of the stairs then sanded the edges. 

village shelf with hooks

The inexpensive hooks I'm using are easy to remove and replace to space them out evenly. 

black iron hooks

Next, I painted over the village with Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black. Two quick coats were all it needed. Don't worry I still have the stencil and I can make it again if needed! 

painted scrap wood shelf and paint

painting shelf with hooks

Lastly, I added D rings to the back of the shelf to hang it.  I told you it was scrap wood, nobody sees the back anyway! 😏

D rings on back of shelf

A little trick to figure out where to put the screws in the wall for hanging is to stretch a piece of tape from D ring to D ring across the back. 

tape stretched between hangers

Use a marker to mark the center of each D ring. 

tape with dot on hanger

Then put the tape on the wall making sure it is straight. 

tape on wall to mark screw placement

Screw the screws right through the dot you made on the tape and into the wall.  It works every time! 

black hook rack shelf and mirror

That's it!  That gate keeps the dogs downstairs and the interior doors were just painted with Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Hazelwood. You can read all about that project by visiting this blue link. 

front entry way with door and coat hooks

The stair railings were also painted with Fusion Mineral Paint and you can read that story here. 

Now I have the perfect black hook rack for coats at the bottom of the stairs. 

coat rack with basket of flowers and mirror

Please pin for later --->> 

coat rack and entry way with overlay


coat rack, mirror and basket of flowers

As hard as this area is to photograph, the shelf will be perfect for hanging coats. It will also be great to hang baskets. 

mirror, coat rack and basket

The added mercantile sign was perfect for this shelf! 

hook shelf with mercantile sign

Always think about how you can repurpose something before you donate it! 

mirror and hook shelf

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entryway with mirror and coat rack


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .