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Home Project: Coatrack from Shoe Forms

Old wooden shoe forms make a charming, vintage-looking coatrack.

1. Browse your favorite antiques stores and flea markets for interesting old shoe forms.

2. Determine the wood-panel size you’ll need for the space you’ve got in mind. You might use an old wooden door, for instance, or a shutter, or even an old cutting board. A small panel with a single shoe works great in the kitchen for hanging a dish towel.

3. Paint your panel to match or accent your décor if you like, or leave it as is. Chipped layers of old paint add texture and instant age to this new piece if you like the look.

4. Place the wood panel face up on your work surface. Arrange your shoe forms along the panel, with soles facing out and toes all pointing up. Mark the spot on the panel where each shoe form will be mounted.

5. Take the shoe forms off the panel. Now, from the top side, drill two holes, one above the other, into the “ankle” end of each shoe form (to avoid the forms’ twisting once mounted). Add a drop of wood glue to each hole.

6. Drill matching holes straight through the wood panel.

7. Position your first shoe form on the front of the wood panel. From the back of the wood panel, screw the shoe form into place.

8. Repeat with the remaining shoe forms.

9. Once all your shoe forms are secure, cut a piece of brown kraft paper the size of the wood panel. Glue it to the back of the panel along the edges; this will cover the screws and finish the back of the panel nicely.

10. Affix two eye hooks to the back of the panel, string picture wire between them, and mount a picture hook on your wall. (Or, if you’re going to hang weighty items, affix heavy-duty picture hangers to the back of the panel and sturdy picture hooks to your wall.) Mount your new coatrack and you’ve got a unique addition to your home décor!


antique wooden shoe forms
yardstick & pencil
wood panel
paint (optional)
saw, drill, screwdriver, hammer
wood glue
wood screws, nails
kraft paper
eye hooks or picture hangers
picture wire
picture hook(s)

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