DIY Freestanding Mobile Pipe Coat Rack

Holiday season! That means some entertaining in our home, get-togethers with families, dinner parties (having a holiday open house today, in fact).  Time to get holiday guest ready! Did you ever notice that your own family fills up the coat closet (sometimes to the point of “avalanche!” when opening the door? Or is that just us?!)…and when guests arrive in colder months, coats are stored in the guest bedroom in a pile on a bed? Our solution: 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

A DIY moveable, mobile coat rack. I am so over the utility types that teeter, lean or fall over when filled up. Know what I mean? This industrial looking DIY coat rack is sturdy, not to mention adds a touch of rustic industrial style.

Materials I used:

  • (1) 48 inch stair tread (I used red oak but for a more budget friendly option, there was also pine)
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (color is kona and ebony)
  • foam brush for applying stain, gloves & rags, paint brush for applying polyurethane
  • Rust-Oleum Polyurethane sealer (finish is satin)
  • (4) heavy duty casters 
  • (2) 3/4″ flanges
  • (2) 24″ galvanized steel pipes
  • (2) 30″ galvanized pipes
  • (2) 3/4″ tee connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ nipple connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree street elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ caps
  • (1) 36″ galvanized pipe
  • #12 1 inch hexagon washers (screws)

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What I did:

Soak the sticker parts of the galvanized pipes in hot soapy water. (It doesn’t take long.) Remove stickers. Dry pipes and set aside. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Finish the wood. Using the foam brush, I applied the wood stain (brush on in the same direction as the wood grain). Let sit for a few minutes then wipe away the excess with old rags. Unlike pine, the red oak wasn’t absorbing my favorite kona colored stain in as rich of a color so I also applied two coats of ebony in the same way to achieve a darker color. Stain then dries in about an hour. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

After the stain was dry, I sealed the wood using a coat of polyurethane. Simply brush on (looks a bit milky when wet but dries clear). I let that dry overnight. 

I attached the four casters to the under (unfinished) side using the hexagon screws. Be careful with the screws on the cut side of the wood. Going too close to the edge may cause the wood to crack. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Flip right side up. Set aside the nipple connectors, two street elbows and the caps. 

Next I assembled my pipe pieces. Starting with the flanges. Screw 30″ pipes into flanges.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator Then add tees to the other end of each 30″ pipe.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

 

Then add the other 30″ pipe sections (one to each tee – you’ll have two poles at this point).

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add a 90 degree elbow to the top of one pole.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Connect the 36″ galvanized pipe (center) piece. Add a 90 degree elbow to the end of the center pipe piece then add the other pole.  

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Place the pole-contraption onto the wood stair riser (I found the center by using a yard stick).  Attach flanges to the wood using the hex screws.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add nipple connectors to the center tees, then elbows then caps. This creates a space for hanging purses, hats or scarves. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Now when we’re expecting guests, we can simply roll the coat rack near the door for hanging coats. Or use it as extra hanging space in a room without a closet (or one with a packed closet). Handy to have in the laundry room too! 

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Store it in the basement, a closet, the laundry room, an office or guest room and then move near the door for parties and gatherings. Or if you have room, display near the front door entryway or mudroom area. 

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DIY Show Off – Dressing Room/Guest Bedroom Reveal

Dressing Room/ 2nd Guest Bedroom {Closet Organization}
Before (previous owner’s artwork)
This chandelier (free):
got a makeover:
In the guest room, we have this Pinecone Hill Genevieve bedding (celery):
Bedding:
Love the free chandelier in here…
 Closets Before had curtains for a few years – I hated the orange wood toned bi-folds that much!
 Painting shuttered doors.

Full post and dressing room details/closet organization here.

The closets also had a lot of wasted space.

Shelving installed!

After:

This one only had 1 rod for hanging clothes…

With the addition of two shelves in wasted space and an extra closet rod…

Accessory trays (secured to the wall with 3M velcro hangers) organize nail polish…

Easy Hang Closet Extension Rods double hanging space for boots shown above and pants/skirts as shown below:

A little seat for pulling on boots…

Two extra sets of bi-fold doors becomes a folding/dressing screen (attach with hinges in the center)…

Behind the screen…

A GoodWill found tiered candy dish holds favorite accessories…

Inspired by Martha Stewart, trim/molding organizes my shoes. Four 42″ pieces hold 24 pairs of my {heeled} shoes…

(See the trim/molding shoe storage how to here)

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A DIY Closet Update

There’s progress in the closet!


The closet now:

and here it was before – a chaotic mess:
We built about a year ago.  This space was just an awkward cubby that ran beside the basement stairs.
After building out the space and adding a door (total of which was around $200), we painted the door. I always use a Purdy paintbrush – no tape, perfect straight lines where the wall meets the ceiling. The walls are a pretty, light blue color (Dutch Boy Refresh paint) called Fountain of Youth.  Two coats, no VOC with Arm & Hammer to eliminate odors – perfect since this is where our shoes will be stored.  A great option for a potentially musty, stinky, small enclosed area!
I used Cutting Edge Stencils Whispering Elms wall pattern kit to create a wallpapered look.  See the stencil wall pattern tutorial here that I shared a few weeks ago. 
We installed custom shelving
I grabbed these coat hooks from a church garage sale – 50 cents a piece!
The coat hooks were painted with Krylon‘s Indoor/Outdoor in Satin White.
Sand to give a distressed look using a Dremel Multi-Max tool:
and give it a coat of Deft Clear Wood finish (Rockler) to protect them.
Hang the coat racks using toggle bolts to support the weight of several heavy winter coats.
All ready for hosting holiday get-togethers with a pretty place for guests’ coats and extra storage.