Sometimes I find a treasure at Goodwill that ends up sitting in my garage (blog project storage space!) for a l-o-n-g time before I figure out how I want to repurpose it. And so was the case with this old gun rack, which (based on the date of the price sticker) was purchased in January of 2016!
That’s a little embarrassing, isn’t it? It was WELL overdue for an overhaul! So, I decided to tweak it ever so slightly, give it a makeover, and use it for our cold weather gear- scarves, hats, coats, etc.
To get a little more function out of it, I wanted to add another row of hooks. So, I grabbed some birch plywood from our garage (or a home improvement store if you don’t have scrap wood laying around) to do so.
After cutting out and sanding down a narrow strip of wood, I screwed it in to the back of my gun rack (so that the screws wouldn’t show through).
Now it was time for a makeover! I used a teal spray paint on all surfaces, and then I distressed the edges with a fine grit sandpaper before putting on some topcoat to seal and waterproof it.
Once the paint had dried, I attached three vintage-style coat hooks to the strip of plywood. Now, you could add more hooks (perhaps a second strip of wood, or hooks along the bottom of the gun rack), but for hanging long scarves and bulky coats, I decided to limit the number of hooks I used.
For hanging it on a wall, I added two D-ring hangers to the back and hung it on a pair of nails. Perfect for your mudroom or wherever you hang your winter gear…especially if it needs to dry out from snow or rain.