There is a special place in my heart for things that are repurposed to serve as a functional piece in a home. This architectural salvage coat rack is one of my favorites and, despite multiple offers to buy it, is staying with me for awhile. Not only is it one of the most interesting pieces of salvage wood that I’ve come across, I found it while on a trip to Bethany Beach with some of my favorite people. We’ve placed this place a few times but we were finally able to stop – Jayne’s Reliable in Dagsboro, DE. As I got out of the car and looked around, I was in awe and whispered, “I’m amongst my people.” The exterior of the place is all salvage material organized in the smaller buildings by type – for instance, a door building for all kinds of vintage doors. The salvaged wood building is where I scored my coat rack.
I’m not sure what this piece of wood served as in the past but the drilled pattern was too cool to pass up. And at $30 for the entire 9 foot piece, I was sold. Later that day, whilst shopping at Rehobeth, we can across a great vintage store called the Pelican’s Loft and found these amazing anchor coat hooks. Kurt and I agreed on 2 white and 2 blue and our new coat rack was born.
Because the board had served its original purpose during a time that lead was an acceptable part of paint attributes, it was necessary to seal the board with heavy polyurethane. After a quick wash with Simple Green and 3 coats of poly, this beauty was ready for the next steps.
Note: If you are looking for some other tips on removing lead paint, check out this link for some great information. One of the best indicators of whether to paint/seal lead based paint projects OR remove the lead paint, is whether or not it is flaking or chipping. If it is flaking, chipping, or coming off in any capacity – elect to remove it. This piece of architectural salvage was in great, non-flaking/chipping shape so I went with a sealant.
After sealing the piece, I used the holes on the board to guide the pattern for the coat hooks (which come with matching hardware!) and simply screwed them into the board.
Doesn’t it look amazing! Let me know what you think about this little project and I would love to see some of your own architectural salvage finds!