How to Make a Wall Mounted Coat Rack by Upcycling a Wall Gun Rack

How to Make a Wall Mounted Coat Rack by Upcycling a Wall Gun Rack

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 wall gun rack crossed my path and I couldn’t resist! It was dusty and cheap, and all I could think was that it would be PERFECT as a wall mounted coat rack or coat tree for entryway storage.

Wall gun rack or wooden gun rack at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled

True story- I’ve had this wall 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.

So it was finally time to transform it into the wall mounted coat rack / coat tree idea I had in my head. 

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Upcycling a Wall Gun Rack from the Thrift Store

Anyway- I could have left my wall gun rack 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.

First, I dug out a piece of scrap plywood from our garage.

Upcycling ideas for a wall gun rack into a coat tree by adding the coat racks

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

Making a wall mounted coat rack from a wall gun rack from the thrift store

After that, we screwed it into the back of the wall 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.

My wall mounted coat rack idea was coming to life, right before my eyes…

Adding the coat hooks to a wall gun rack that has been upcycled into a coat tree for entryway

There- my wall gun rack was becoming a coat tree just like that…

Wall gun rack or wooden gun rack that will be upcycled into a wall mounted coat rack

Of course, I couldn’t leave my wall gun rack turned coat tree alone. Especially with the original dark wood of the gun rack and the pale new plywood!

I didn’t have the patience to brush paint it, so I tried a new color of spray paint to bring my wall mounted coat rack all together!

Painting a wall gun rack to upcycle into coat tree or wall mounted coat rack for entryway storage

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!

Entryway storage with a wall gun rack that is now a coat tree or wall mounted coat rack

Now all I needed to do was add some more hooks and my wall mounted coat rack would be complete!

Since I couldn’t easily replicate the same shape as the holders on the wall gun rack, I salvaged some old brass coat hooks off a broken thrift store find.

Coat hooks from a broken coat rack for DIY wall mounted coat rack

Wall Mounted Coat Rack from a Wall Gun Rack

Aren’t those great? We carefully removed them from the broken shelf and spaced them out evenly on the new plywood strip. Now my coat tree or wall mounted coat rack had even more entryway storage options.

Making a wall mounted coat rack or coat tree for entryway storage from a wall gun rack

After adding a pair of D-ring hangers to the back of the rack, we hung our new coat tree or wall mounted coat rack!

Now this vintage wall gun rack is perfect for all of our winter gear- especially scarves and hats which can easily get out of hand. Entryway storage has never been easier with this repurposing idea!

How to make a wall mounted coat rack or coat tree for entryway storage by upcycling a wall gun rack

I do wish we had a mudroom or other space in our home where this entryway storage project would be decorative as well as functional.

Next time you see  a wall gun rack at the thrift store, don’t pass it up! It’s an excellent piece to upcycle into a coat tree or wall mounted coat rack.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a wall mounted coat rack, then you’ll love this hat holder I made from thrift store pieces, too!

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  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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