Introduction

Photo: John W. Taylor
»
At my house, coats pile up on dining room chairs and get put away only when dinner guests actually need to sit. I have a coat closet—two, in fact—but after a long day at work, I hate messing with hangers. So for a project using vintage metal doorknobs, a toss-and-go coatrack seemed just the antidote for my lazy ways. I had six knobs and their matching rosette backplates; all I needed was a nice old board to mount them on. Lucky for me, my boss, This Old House editor Scott Omelianuk, was willing to part with some chestnut trim he salvaged after taking down a wall during his house renovation. Here’s the step-by-step for how to build the rack.

Watch the Video of This Project
Ask TOH users about Salvage

Contribute to This Story Below

    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • pencil compass
      Pencil
    • Nut screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • hot glue gun
      Glue gun with silicone adhesives sticks

    Shopping List

    1. Vintage doorknobs

    2. Rosettes

    3. Salvaged trim or barn board

    4. Dummy spindles
    Available from Vandykes

    5. Screws