Coastal Coat Hooks using Repurposed Vintage Drawer Handles

Coastal Coat Hooks using Repurposed Vintage Drawer Handles

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As luck would have it, my friends are constantly offering up freebies from their homes for me to repurpose for my blog. And so was the case with these vintage drawer handles- my friend, Teri, had given her mother’s dresser a makeover for her daughter’s new apartment. Because she knows me so well, she asked if I could use the old hardware- and it only took one look for me to think “these look like boat cleats!”. And so, my idea to create coastal coat hooks came to be…

Vintage dresser drawer handles to be repurposed into coat hooks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Boat cleats-to-be!

After rummaging through my stack of scrap wood, and a quick flip through my stencil file, I gathered everything I’d need to bring this idea to life.

Creating coastal coat hooks with salvaged vintage drawer handles by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Assembling my vision…

I needed to enrich my plain plank of oak plywood with the right stain- so, I decided to give Weatherwood Stains a try. And more specifically, I used Restoration stain, which pairs well with oak and gives the weathered brown-gray color that I wanted for this project.

Using Weatherwood Stains in Restoration on oak plywood for coat hooks project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I get so excited about new wood stains..!

Per the directions on the can, I sanded my wood board with an 80-grit disk against the grain to open it up and help the reactive stain work its magic. Then, using a clean rag, I wiped on 2 coats of stain.

Working with Weatherwood Stains in Restoration on oak plywood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Reactive stains take a few minutes to fully reveal their color…

Because Weatherwood Stains are reactive, the full color change happens over the course of several minutes. Check out this quick time lapse video (originally 15 minutes) of the second coat drying!


This is how the board looked after the two coats of Weatherwood Stains had completely dried:

Working with Weatherwood Stains in Restoration on oak plywood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love the brown-grey weathered look!

Now I just needed to add a thin coat of Clear Maintenance Oil to my board- which would darken and seal it.

Using Weatherwood Stains Clear Maintenance Oil as a topcoat on coastal coat hooks project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now for the topcoat!

Is that gorgeous or what? I love how the stain brought out the nuances of the grain in alternating brown and gray tones.

Using Weatherwood Stains Clear Maintenance Oil as a topcoat on coastal coat hooks project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ooh la la…

Ok- now onto the stenciling! The stencil I used was actually an adhesive mesh stencil, which I had never used before. In some ways, I loved it (the adhesiveness ensured no bleed through whatsoever and didn’t leave any sticky residue). But in other ways, it was annoying (stippling the paint doesn’t work very well through the mesh letters, so I swirled the paint instead. Which was fine, but gauging the right amount of paint to use was difficult). In the end, though, it worked out beautifully- and my inability to gauge paint quantity lent itself to naturally distressed stenciling!

Repurposing vintage drawer handles into coastal nautical coat hooks with scrap wood and Weatherwood Stains by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good, despite my complaints!

I still needed to incorporate the vintage drawer handles! So, I used a metallic silver spray paint on them to achieve the boat cleat look I was going for.

Last step before assembly!

Using a speed square, we carefully measured and drilled holes for the “boat cleats”. I swapped out new nuts and bolts to extend the boat cleats out from the wood, thus giving plenty of space to be used as coat hooks.

Repurposed drawer handles as boat cleats for DIY coastal coat hooks on scrap wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

And voilà- coastal coat hooks with vintage drawer handles and plywood stained with Weatherwood Stains! I’m seriously loving how it all turned out.

DIY coastal coat hooks with vintage drawer handles as boat cleats and Weatherwood Stains on scrap wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love it!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!DIY coastal coat hooks with vintage drawer handles as boat cleats and Weatherwood Stains on scrap wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Kathy A. says:

    Awesome; those drawer pulls were MEANT to be boat cleats! I remember ripping a robe on pulls like that with stick-out ends;they’re much better as hanger hooks. Love those hammered finish paints you have tried recently; need a project to try it on!

  2. Those DO look like cleats! I can’t imagine them on a dresser! Love the sign.

  3. Great repurpose of old drawer handles…certainly looks like a boat cleats. Love it.

  4. Helen Boltin says:

    I think these would work beside windows to wrap blind or Roman shade cords too in a nautical themed room. Great idea!

  5. What a fun coat rack! This would be perfect for my brother he loves his fishing. The last couple of stencils that I purchased were the adhesive mesh stencils. I like them pretty well, but your right you can’t stipple on them very well.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I didn’t even realize that was the kind of stencil it was when I bought it, LOL. Guess I’ll pay better attention next time… 😉

  6. Very cute and perfect for a lake cottage or someone living in a coastal community (wish that was me).

  7. Julia - Vintage with Laces says:

    When I saw the picture I thought you had repurposed boat cleats, lol. Great idea to turn the handles into hooks. Your coat hook rack is beautiful, Sarah!

  8. This is such a cute idea. You are so creative, and those pulls definitely look like boat cleats!

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