Thursday, 20 September 2012

Rack 'Em Up!

Hey there.

Well yesterday was better so I actually managed to get some crafting done.

Check out my coat rack.

My good friend over at Keep It Simple, made this cool coat rack for her boys and I loved it, unlike her, I didn't have one to upcycle so I thought I'd make one from scratch.

This project kept changing, because sometimes, "my vision" (excuse the tool like expression), doesn't quite match my ability, so if I am the master of anything, it is adapting!

Pictorial evidence as I can't complete the original plan change my mind multiple time!

Here are the supplies:

  • Wood
  • Paint
  • Vinyl
  • Hooks
  • Figurines
  • Glue Gun

So first I painted, three coats and screwed in the hooks

Then I started measuring and it I wanted to put 3 photo frames with Sesame Street Characters, I played around in Photoshop, with a lot of help from the hubs (Photoshop is my Nemesis) then while he was at work I could not get the pictures laid out properly. So deleted them in frustration!

Then I measure and realized I didn't have enough room for the frames anyway, a whole day wasted! 

Then I remembered I had some stickers, but when I opened the box they were too little.

I continued on by cutting the vinyl for the hook names, measured cut and oh deary me, measured incorrectly  (why does this keep happening?)

Re cut the the vinyl to the correct size and stuck it on.

Then remembered I had some Sesame Street figurines in the kids wardrobe, I hate figurines, they are like rodents, hiding around on the floor waiting for me to either step on them or trip over them.

So I hot glued those rodents on - btw if you wanted to make this you could also use the toys McDonald's give out, to lure our children into obesity. Our McDonald's always "forgets" to add them to the meal, when the kids aren't with me, translation I tell them not to put them in the box. 

Then I slapped it on the wall

Confession, I made two but they are part of a bigger project which hopefully will be finished today - she says with fingers crossed!

So DIY Delight or Disaster?  I'm going with Delight, sure the actual making it was a big old mess but I like it. It's a bit plainer than I was going for, but with the rest of the project, that might turn out to be a good thing. Also a couple less toys to pick up from the floor, DELIGHT!

So tell me, do you often change mid project or are you a planner who knows exactly what it is you need to do? I wish I was a planner, it would probably cause a lot less frustration.

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo


  1. You are so creative and the rack is just another great detail to go along with the room. i dread having to tear down a crib when we outgrow it but i have a new room to look forward to decorating! i'll be looking at your site for ideas!

  2. Another cute idea, Mel! I don't know how you get it all done in the midst of, well, yesterday. ;)

  3. Delight is right! I love anything that involves a place to put stuff!! This is going to be the cutest room ever when you reveal it!

  4. This is sooo cute! And cheap and easy too... might try my hand on some coat racks... just need hanging space :)

    Can't wait to see the finished room! I just finished my little girls nursery...well almost finished, still have some small adjustments to make.

  5. I prefer this simple. Somehow it seems more suited to little tykes. I'd call this a DIY delight! I rarely have a plan and just make the stuff up as I go. Sometimes that shows! lol ~ Maureen

  6. I often start things and somehow it ends up differently than I had envisioned. Mostly for the better though, so I can't complain! I love how you have used the little 'rodents' :)

    Estelle xx

  7. the figurines on top are so whimisical! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  8. Oh my gosh - I'm in love! Loved and pinned. Thank you for sharing this at MightyCrafy Mondays...


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