Why not encourage your kids to hang up their stuff by providing them with a fun coat rack hung at their level! You may even have the supplies for this project hanging around collecting dust, like I did! And in case you're wondering, I really am not all that handy, it's just that I couldn't find anything to buy (at a reasonable price) that would look great in this cute little yellow toy/catch-all room just off the kitchen!
And no, it doesn't usually look like this, but the mess was obscuring the beauty of the project, so I had to dispose of it (throw it in a corner behind me, namely) as you can well imagine! And yes, the bags made from woven plastic strips are great, I got them in Seattle years ago!
- a piece of plywood, wood or even laminated partical board of some kind that's the right size for your needs, or even old drawer fronts would be great for this project!
- formica edging tape, for a very finished look if using plywood
- paint suitable for wood, I used enamel semi-gloss
- a paint brush or mini roller
- hooks, any assortment is fun, or all the same if you prefer
- a stencil
- craft paint for your stencil, and a stencil brush or piece of dense foam to apply paint to stencil
- varnish, either spray or brush-on for a top coat to protect your stenciled pattern
- an electric drill for attaching hooks to boards, (you could use a regular screwdriver if working with solid wood that's not too hard) and a handy neighbor to attach the racks to the wall!
- Paint your base pieces, and set aside to dry overnight. If you are using something that is already covered in a laminate of some kind, you'll need to use special paint suited to formica, which is available as a base coat in white.
- Apply your stenciled pattern (see my other posts about stenciling here) and set aside to dry
- Apply a coat of varnish, acrylic or oil based, spray or paint-on, whichever suits you, or whichever you happen to have on hand
- Apply formica strips to edges if applicable, using manufacturers instructions. The brand I used was pre-glued and I applied it with heat, namely an iron!
- Carefully mark holes for placement of hooks (measure!) and attach hooks with a screwdriver or screwdriver attachment on your power drill
- Attach coat racks to wall at the right level for your needs, and enjoy!
- Take photos and share them with us here, it would make us so proud!