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From Cabinets to Coat Hooks: A Simple DIY

Wall-mounted coat rack made from kitchen cabinet drawer
A lightly damaged cabinet drawer head found new purpose as a chic coat rack, thanks to nothing  more than a few cheap wall hooks and a little effort and ingenuity.

When you sign the lease to your first apartment, a lot of worries begin to busy your mind. If you’re a compulsive organizer like me, one of them is the fear of your roommates leaving their coats and key rings haphazardly strewn all about the place. It quickly became my resolve to DIY myself a wall-mounted Coat hook rack.

Feeling somewhat lazy at the time, I had been content to drill some storage hooks into a plain 2 x 4, mount it on the wall, and call it a day. But my interior designer mom, with whom I often talk about my little projects, insisted she would have none of that. And so she got me a hold of this lovely kitchen Cabinet drawer head to use instead.

Kitchen cabinet drawer head
A Before shot of my drawer head (40 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in). Aside from some scratching on the opposite side, the piece was in excellent condition.

If you have ever renovated your kitchen, you know that cabinets can be quite the big ticket items. So you can imagine my excitement when mom managed to bring this custom drawer piece home, completely free of charge. Apparently, it had been scuffed up during installation and the client had asked to order a replacement piece—but as far as I could see, there was little if any visible damage. Oh well…I think I put the thing to better use, anyway.

This DIY was so simple, I’m almost hesitant to call it a DIY at all; yet the results were too stunning not to share. Once I picked out my hooks (I chose four hooks in a faux-cast iron color, which I thought played nicely against the cabinet’s misty gray-green), it was simply a matter of attaching keyhole fasteners and throwing it up on my apartment wall.

If  you would like to attempt your own version of this wall-mounted Coat Rack, there are several ways to go about rounding materials. Large chain retailers like The Home Depot or Lowe’s sell stock cabinet drawer fronts for relatively cheap, though keep in mind you will be limited in terms of available panel styles, colors and finishes. But if you’re willing to do some spelunking through antique stores and flea markets, you may want to you use a piece of reclaimed wood or an antique cabinet door instead. While it may be a more expensive option, it will likely be much greater in quality and character.


  • Cabinet drawer head, or alternately, a reclaimed wood plank or antique furniture door (See The Home Depot, Lowe’s, and IKEA for stock cabinet drawer fronts; try Etsy for antique wood and furniture)
  • Keyhole fasteners (available at Lowe’s)
  • 4 Coat hooks (I purchased mine at Kohl’s)
  • Drill 
  • Tape Measure
  • Level

Putting it together: 

  1. Clean your cabinet drawer front with a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner or a wood-safe household detergent.
  2. Install two keyhole brackets to the back of your cabinet.
Marking and installing keyhole fasteners
Marking and installing keyhole fasteners
  1. Using your tape measure,  determine where on your cabinet to install your hooks. Make sure they are evenly spaced and mark their desired locations with your pencil.
  2. Drill hooks onto cabinet.

Hanging your coat rack:

  1. Determine where on the wall  you would like to hang your coat rack by
    measuring up from the floor and lightly marking the desired location with your pencil.
  2. Mark on the top of the coat rack directly above the two keyholes.
  3. Position the coat rack against the wall and level. Once the coat rack is level, mark the wall in the same place you marked the coat rack above the key holes.
  4. Use your drill to make two holes in the wall and insert proper hardware.
  5. Place coat rack securely onto screws.

It’s that simple! My favorite part of this DIY? Its so pretty, my roommates actually want to hang up their jackets.

Cabinet door coat rack
Functional decor is the very best decor. I love walking into my living room to see my cabinet-coat rack, nuzzled in this cozy corner and draped with fall sweaters.

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From Cabinets to Coat Hooks: A Simple DIY


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