DIY Coat Rack for Mudroom

Tips & Tricks, Tips & Tricks…

Do you ever have those days when your mind is fuzzy and you lack inspiration?  Well, for me that day was today.

Exhibit A

**Note the blank stare and glazed over eyes.

Exhibit B

** Note the abyss of keys that have not been touched…

I had planned a tip & trick to show that required some hands on participation on my part but,  due to feeling under the weather, I did not have the oomph today. So, instead I reached into my bag of tricks to show you a project we did this last winter. I promise you it is still great!

So here is your Tips & Tricks Friday edition! If you don’t have a mudroom or storage off your garage door, make your own!

With kids going back to school in a few weeks for most of us, I wanted to share with you an easy DIY that we did for more storage.

Our garage door is the most used entry in our house, especially during school days. We needed a place to store all those back packs, coats, and shoes. We don’t have a mud room so we decided to fashion our own. What I love most about this project is that it only cost us  $25!

For complete instructions on this project click  HERE.


4×8 primed bead board (we got ours from Lowe’s for $19)

wall hooks (we got ours at Target for $5.99)

**These were the only items we purchased for this project,

everything else we had on hand.


3- 2×4’s 8 feet long

tape measure

12- 4inch toggle bolts (preferably 3/8’s diameter)

table saw or circular saw

24- 1 inch diameter fender washers (2 per toggle bolt)

2 tubes of Liquid Nail & caulk gun

power drill & 2 paddle wheel bits sizes 1- 1/8 & 7/8

wood fill (make sure you buy the kind that you can sand & paint)

sand paper

paint & protective top coat

4 picture frames

… & a wonderful husband to help you with the project! (Not necessary but helpful none the less)

In the winter we add a bench, basket, and boot tray for all those extra things you need to brave a Mid-western winter.

I like to make things as user-friendly as possible. I added the frames at top so each family member knows where to hang  their belongings. It’s a cute, personal touch and I love to change the photos out with the season.

Enjoy your weekend!

xxx Kristin

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19 Comments on DIY Coat Rack for Mudroom

  1. greenlightlady
    July 27, 2012 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    The photos hanging above each hook is adorable… great idea! ~ Wendy

    • thriftykristy
      July 27, 2012 at 9:53 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Wendy! I think it would also be cute to do that in the bathroom for a towel rack. Personal photos are one of my favorite ways to decorate :) Happy Friday! xxx Kristin

  2. Alex @ northofseven
    July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm (3 years ago)

    This is such a great idea (the photos) and prevents WW3 for kids as to who gets what hook. Because somehow WW3 always happens in the house over the most trivial things. Love it all!

  3. Jeni Johnson
    July 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Yay another successful project and a picture of the beautiful blogger herself!

    • thriftykristy
      July 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, and funny! What business do I have getting sick in July, anyways!? Hopefully, won’t last the entire weekend. Can’t wait to see what you post next, Jeni :)

  4. RedCandy
    July 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Very clever! I love being organized and tidy, so this looks perfect!!

    • thriftykristy
      July 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay! It’s one of the best things we’ve built so far. It is sooo useful! xxx Kristin

    • thriftykristy
      July 28, 2012 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I started it on a whim, just because I love interiors and DIY, and now I have fell in love the blogging community! Kristin

  5. a project at a time
    July 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great, inexpensive solution! We’re trying to make our “landing area” more efficient and this might be the way to get there. Well done!

    • thriftykristy
      July 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad you like it. If you do it, post it, I’d love to see the finished result :) Kristin

  6. a project at a time
    September 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi again! We’re looking at building this in the next few weeks, but the link to your directions is broken. Can you help me out?

    • thriftykristy
      September 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Sorry about that! I just tried it and it worked, but just in case, I posted a copy of the directions right now as a blog post. Happy building!

      • a project at a time
        September 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm (3 years ago)

        Thanks! Now we have to find a few hours in between baby naps!

      • thriftykristy
        September 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm (3 years ago)

        Happy building :) Kristin

  7. MiCheng
    February 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! I wanna do this hopefully when everything settle down. Hehe! I love your ideas.


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