March 27, 2013

DIY Gold Leaf Wood Slice Coat Hangers

We added a little somethin', somethin' to our foyer over the weekend:

Can you guess what it is?

In case it's hard to see, I DIY'd a set of gold leaf wood slice coat hangers for less than $3!

To make a set of your own, you'll need the following:

  • Wood slices // I used a set of wood slice coasters (from Target) that you may have seen here
  • Gold leaf supplies // Gold leaf, adhesive size, sealer, a brush, etc. (all from Michael's)
  • Hangers/hooks of some kind // I used vintage school locker hooks I got off of eBay a while ago
  • Screws
  • D-rings (AKA the only thing I had to buy) // 3 @ 95¢ each = $2.85 total!

I started the project by taking a few of my vintage school locker hooks outside:

So I could spray paint them ORB (oil-rubbed bronze):

While they were drying, I started to gold leaf the edges of my wood slices/coasters:

I used the same method that I used on my gold leaf agate slice coasters so feel free to read that post for more info if you've never gold leafed anything before (it's super simple!):

After the spray paint and gold leaf sealer had dried, it was time to put the coat hangers together.

To figure out where the hooks should go, I held them up behind the wood slices and rotated things around until I liked what I saw. When I did, I made sure not to move so my boyfriend could make marks for the screws (the pink circles):

After all of the marks were made, we screwed the hooks into the slices:

Then we added the d-rings:

Sidenote: the coat hanger on the right only has one screw in it because the wood slice split right down the hook line when we drilled the first screw in. We were worried that it would split completely in half if we tried to drill a second screw in so we left it alone. It doesn't affect the hook's abilities at all though so don't panic if it happens to you too! Or, you know, drill pilot holes like smart people do ;)

And just like that, our gold leaf wood slice coat hangers were complete!

Ready for some after photos?

I love how they make our awkward angled stair bump out feel a little less weird:

Don't need any coat hangers? Make one anyway but hang it in your bathroom to hold your hand towel instead!

I love their subtle gold edges :)

Last month I added a bench for my guests to sit down and take their shoes off on and now this month I add coat hangers for them to hang their things on?! Am I a good host or what? ;)

Who wants to come over and test these babies out?

What do you think of our custom coat hangers? Will you be making a set of your own?

I'm sharing this project on House of Hepworths, Our Fifth House, and Serenity Now!

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  1. OHhh....That's what you used the gold leaf for! Love it!

  2. These are amazing! I love them...rustic and glam together! Great job! {Like Julia, I was wondering what you were leafing on Instagram haha.}

  3. Gorgeous! You are just full of great ideas. They look awesome!

  4. They look fantastic. I love the gold detail too. What a great project and it adds so much to your foyer. Beautiful!

  5. Super cool! Love them.

    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

  6. This is so cool! I actually have been wanting to make something with slices of wood that we have in our firewood pile. This is totally up there on the list.

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Shannon - Sometimes! I've been in a bit of a rut lately but I think the creative juices are flowing again :)

    Kim - They were super easy to make! I bet you could finish a set during one of Henry's naps!

  8. I'm so glad you suggested making them as a towel hook in the bathroom because I was totally just thinking "Oh my gosh, I love those. Too bad I don't have a foyer for coat hooks." So excited to make some myself!

  9. These look amazing! What a great DIY. The entry is starting to look finished!

  10. Marking Our Home - Can't wait to see how yours turn out! I forgot to mention that you could also hang them in your kitchen to hang a tea towel on! :)

    Thanks Amber! :)

  11. I new you were leafing slices! I just thought maybe it was more agate slices! I love them!

  12. You and your gold leaf . . . you're so fancy ;-) I love how they came out!

  13. Crystal - Haha, nope! Not yet at least ;)

    Rachel - Thanks! I've got 23 more sheets of the stuff left so I'm sure there will be more gold leaf projects in the future :)

  14. What!! Those are ridiculous, in the BEST way. I'm crazy about them!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way


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