Hey guys!!!  We are already to day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas series (which also means Christmas is less than 2 weeks away) YIKES!  We hope you are keeping up with us on Instagram and Facebook!

12DaysCOUNTER12We LOVE our project for day 12.  It was actually inspired by a reader request 🙂 Hope we don’t disappoint Juanita!


With the holiday’s comes company and with the winter brings coats, so why not a cute and functional spot for your guests to hang their coats!  We built this handsome guy for about $30 and it was quick and EASY 🙂

The only materials you need for this piece are:

1 4×4 @ 8ft.

1 2×4 @ 10ft.

1 furniture foot

1 scrap piece of 2×6 (approx. 5 1/2″)

1 scrap piece of 1×3 (approx. 16″)

4 pretty hooks


bodyWe cut the 4×4 to 6 ft.

safety-firstLook at Whit being a good DIY’er and protecting her eyes and lungs with her 3M™ Safety Products!  Show off 😉

LegsNext, it was time to cut the legs.  We cut 4 pieces of 2×4 at 45 degrees @ 13 1/2″ straight to long point.

feetThen we used our scrap 1×3 to make the feet. We made 4 cuts at 3 1/2″.  *You will want these to be cut to the width of your 2×4.  Because board widths vary, we suggest that you measure your 2×4 and cut accordingly.

measure-for-legsBefore we attached the feet, we laid a foot on one end of the 4×4 (flush with the bottom) and marked the spot on the 4×4.  Do this on all 4 sides of the 4×4.

attach-feetNow lets assemble a bit 🙂  Using Gorilla Glue wood glue and our Ryobi Airstrike nailer, we attached the 1×3 feet to the mitered end of each leg.  The edges will be flush.

drill-pocket-hole-screwsThen, we used our Kreg Jig to drill 2 – 1 1/2″ pocket holes on the straight end of each leg.

pocket-holes-in-legsThat was easy!  We circled the pocket holes in the picture 🙂

attach-legsRemember that mark we made on the 4×4?  That’s where we are going to line up our legs.  This will allow for the thickness of the feet we added.  We attached the legs to the 4×4 with Gorilla Glue wood glue and 2 1/2″ Kreg pocket hole screws.

all-legs-attachedWe then followed the same steps on the other three sides of the 4×4!

bracesFor the cute braces on the rack, we cut 4 pieces of 2×4 both ends at 45 degree angles @ 13″ long point to long point, not parallel.

attach-bracesTo attach them to the body and the legs, we used Gorilla Glue wood glue and our Ryobi Airstrike nailer.

topNext, we cut a scrap piece of 2×6 @ 5 1/2″ to form a square.

Attach-TopAnd we attached it to the top of the coat rack with wood glue and 2 1/2 inch wood screws.

finialWe purchased this fun furniture leg for the finishing touch!

attach-furniture-footJust pre-drill a shallow hole (a tad smaller than the width of the screw on the furniture foot) and we screwed it into the top of the 2×6 scrap.  We did coat the bottom of the furniture foot with wood glue to secure it.

That was it for the building 🙂

We always get asked how we prep our projects before we stain and paint.  We always fill our holes with 3M Wood Filler and sand the piece down with our 3M Advanced Abrasives! We put this demo video together for you all just to see how easy it is!

Once the prep work was done, it was time to stain.
Rustoleum_Dark_WalnutTo finish, we opted for a fave!  We applied one-coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain with a foam brush.  Let it sit for 5 minutes and then wipe the stain with a clean cloth to even the color out.

hooksWe can’t forget the hardware!  We bought four oil-rubbed bronze hooks and attached one to each side of the coat rack!




DIY-Coat-RackWoohoo!  What a great, easy and inexpensive DIY!  We always appreciate your pins and shares 🙂  Don’t forget, tomorrow is our big Giveaway day.  All of the blogs in the 12 Days of Christmas series will be giving away something different and unique to their blogs!

Go visit our talented friends and see what they worked up for Day 12 and tell them the Shanty Sisters said hi 🙂


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Marianne of Songbirdfollow


Cassity of Remodelaholicfollow


KariAnne of Thistlewood Farmsfollow


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  1. I’m using oak instead of pine, and have my pocket holes drilled. However I just realized Kreg doesn’t even make a 2 1/2 inch fine thread screw (for hardwood), there’s only a 2 1/2 inch COURSE screw which they say is only for soft woods.

    Help – I’m stuck as to what to do now since the holes are already drilled in my material….

    1. It would still work. I’ve been using Kreg products for awhile and usually just revert to the coarse screws for lumber.

  2. Working on a modified version of this now. Will have three of these connected by two 3′ rods for hangers. Will fit in our entryway/mudroom nicely when all is done.

  3. You guys are so lucky in the States that you can find untreated 4×4’s. Canada just doesn’t seem to have them. 🙁 (not in my area anyway)

    1. All the Canadian big box hardware stores (Home Depot, Lowes, Rona, etc) usually have 4×4 cedar posts. Cedar is untreated, it isn’t that expensive, and it smells great.

    2. windsor plywood does but I glue and clamp 2*4’s together and then trim all four sides on the table saw after. Works great for many projects that you need 4×4 posts for.

  4. My hubs just completed this cutie for our front door! I love it! Better than any one from the store because it was made just for me 🙂

  5. I’d like to do one of these but would like the base to not be so big as we want it to go behind a door. Any suggestions? What do you think the shortest length I could do without effecting its balance? Thank you!

      1. I ended up just using half of one board (so only 3 so it could be placed flush against the wall). It was gift for my brother so I can’t speak for every day use but I haven’t heard any complaints! I’d imagine that if you even took it an extra step and secured it to the wall it would be fine!

  6. Oh,,,,I am so glad to see this! I bought a bunch of brackets and 4×4’s last winter to make a coat rack but never did. Now you’ve done a ton of the work for me by designing an amazing coat rack of your own. Wonderful job! Great tutorial!

  7. I just love you guys. This is such a great project–now to find the time to get building! Thank you for your awesome blog.

  8. Yay!! I am so excited about these new plans!! I was actually just browsing your site last night hoping that there would be plans for a coat tree! You girls are the best!! I will be building this for Christmas!

  9. You saved the best for last ladies! Although I did love all the projects
    you did this year and have pinned a few! Happy holidays! I bet your
    guests are gonna love all the warm touches you added to your homes this
    year! 🙂

  10. Where are you able to find the untreated pine 4×4? I have only been able to locate pressure treated 4×4’s – and I really want untreated for projects like this. Please point me in the right direction – Thanks

      1. Thank you – I will check at other Home Depot’s… I guess ours just must not carry them. Are they just in the regular lumber section such as with the 2×4 studs or are they over with the trim and decorative posts? I have looked for them for different projects and even asked a hardwood store if they could special order them for me and they said they are very hard to find. I will be so excited if they are easily accessible and I have just not looked in the right spot.

  11. Love this project! Thank you so much for giving such awesome tutorials and keeping them easy for people like me to follow.,,ha! I’ve been able to make many of yours and can hardly wait til the next one! Your blog is my absolute favorite! Thank you!!!