When a Vintage Gun Rack Becomes a Hall Tree

When a Vintage Gun Rack Becomes a Hall Tree

Ok, I know what you’re going to say- “But Sadie, you’ve already repurposed a gun rack before!”. And you’re right, I have…but what can I say? Another one…an older one…crossed my path and I couldn’t resist! It was dusty and cheap, and well…basically tempting me with ideas. So here we are with a second gun rack and a new project!

Vintage gun rack at the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, hello there…

True story- I’ve had this old gun rack in the garage for a very long time. And the reason I’m finally repurposing it? I kept knocking into it and eventually stepped on two of the “hooks” and I was worried I would destroy the whole thing if I didn’t DO SOMETHING with it. I loved the shape of it and with cold weather knocking at our door, I decided it would be a wonderful hall tree to hold all of our winter gear- scarves, hats, etc. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Anyway- I could have left it just as it was…but I had to tweak it ever so slightly first. I wanted to maximize its gear-holding potential by adding another row of hooks. So, first, I dug out a piece of scrap plywood from our garage.

Adding an extra row of hooks to a vintage coat rack using birch plywood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOVE using scraps from the garage…

Then, we simply measured out a narrow piece that would fit across the back of the gun rack, sawed it out, and sanded it down.

Adding an extra row of hooks to a vintage coat rack using birch plywood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost an exact replica of the bottom piece of the gun rack…

After that, we screwed it into the back of the gun rack- easy peasy! Oh, and we used a couple of extra screws to re-attach/re-tighten the gun rack “hooks” that I had inadvertently stomped on…

Repurposing a vintage gun rack into a hall tree for winter weather gear and adding additional coat hooks to it by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Attaching it to the back so no hardware shows…

Repurposing a vintage gun rack into a hall tree for winter weather gear and adding additional coat hooks to it by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There! Now it’s ready for a makeover.

Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone…especially with the original dark wood of the gun rack and the blazingly pale new plywood! I didn’t have the patience to brush paint it, so I tried a new color of spray paint to bring it all together!

Spray painting a gun rack to repurpose and upcycle it into a coat rack and hall tree for winter gear by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Very pretty!

I distressed it along the edges, as well, before sealing it with clear wax. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? I’m kind of in love with this new paint!

How to upcycle a gun rack into a DIY hall tree and coat hook rack by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A close up…love how it looks!

Now all I needed to do was add some more hooks and my makeshift hall tree would be complete! Since I couldn’t easily replicate the same shape as the gun holders on the rack, I salvaged some old brass coat hooks off a broken thrift store find!

Reusing coat hooks from a broken thrift store shelf by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All I need are the hooks!

Aren’t those great? We carefully removed them from the broken shelf and spaced them out evenly on the new plywood strip.

How to transform a vintage gun rack into a DIY hall tree for cold weather gear such as scarves, hats, and coats by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love the brass against the teal…

After adding a pair of D-ring hangers to the back of the rack, we hung our “new” hall tree! And it’s perfect for all of our winter gear.

Upcycle an old rifle rack into a hall tree and coat hook rack for scarves, coats, and hats as winter gear organization and storage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!! Ready (and organized) for winter weather.

I do wish we had a mudroom or other space in our home where this would be decorative as well as functional. And this DIY hall tree definitely doesn’t have to be just for winter gear- it would be perfect for hats, rain gear, lightweight scarves, etc.! All I know is- a gun rack can come in handy for all sorts of organizational purposes…and if I find a third one, I probably won’t pass it up, either!

And if you’re interested in more repurposing organization projects, check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!How to upcycle repurpose an old rifle rack into a hall tree and coat hook rack for scarves, coats, and hats as winter gear organization and storage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Another great upcycle! Love the color you chose too!

  2. Well, I’ve already got gun racks on my look-for list; I’m gonna do mine with dowels to hold ribbons like your scrap fabric one. I LOVE the shape of the top of yours, and that color, too. This project is great, as usual; functional and space saving; it could even fit on the back of a door! In a dark royal blue, wouldn’t it be great in a teen-aged boy’s room? Oh, wait, the floor is easier!

    I think I would have Jon cut a new piece for the broken shelf and upcycle that with a coat of paint and black hooks! Doncha love making projects for the honey-do list?

  3. acraftymix says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gun rack before and if I did I probably would have a cooking clue what it’s used for, well until I saw your re-purpose 😉 What a great idea Sarah. Love the happy blue color you chose

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, I understand that problem all too well- the first one that I repurposed was given to me by someone who TOLD me it was a gun rack. Otherwise…I wouldn’t have known. And the way my mind thinks…this is a much better use for it! 😉 <3

  4. This is another sweet repurpose! Love the aqua color, and is a better use for the gun rack IMO. Pinned.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, yes, yes!! I love repurposing gun racks for anything BUT their original purpose- I’m a tender soul like that. 😉 Thank you, Florence!

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