Turn an old manel into a laundry room clothing hanger.

IT’S BEEN LIKE MUSICAL MANTELS AROUND HERE!

This little, very rustic shelf in rescue kitty Buggy Buggerson’s room is such a favorite of mine. When I found a very long, old, window header at our local Chartreuse monthly barn sale to convert into a mantel in the living room, I moved the old mantel into Buggy’s room above the bed. That meant I had this cute extra one and no place to hang it. For months it languished in the closet waiting for the light bulb to go off over my head.

Finally, finally I realized that I could replace the old, ugly wall rack that Steve uses for his work jackets and ball caps with my fave shelf. I had to make a few simple updates for everything to hang properly.

TURN AN OLD MANTEL INTO A CLOTHING RACK IN FOUR STEPS

WHAT YOU NEED:

Scrap wood, wood screws, zip-it wall hangers, coat hooks (new or recycled), drill and screwdriver.

STEP ONE

Measure and cut a scrap piece of wood to fit in the gap behind the “feet” of the mantel. I did not paint the piece because it was perfect as is.

STEP TWO

Screw the new piece to the back of the feet using screws that are long enough to hold the two pieces tight. I used #8 1 1/2″ flat head phillips screws. If necessary, drill a pilot hole first.

STEP THREE

On the front side, measure for three new silver hooks, equally spaced on the new board. Mark the holes. Drill a pilot hole. Use a phillips screwdriver to add the screws.

STEP 4

Hang it. Steve hung this heavy piece for me. He centered it at the height we chose. Then found the points where the hanger zip-its and screws would mount (not shown), slipped the existing hangers on the back of the rack over the screws, and we checked the level.

DONE!

Now I feel like I rescued a sweet piece. Who knows where it will end up next. In the meantime I am thrilled!

What’s next in our house? Who knows! How about in yours?

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