I remember a super cool vintage faucet handle coat rack being sold at Gardeners.com, and it was no longer available! Well, perfect excuse to make one and add our own spin to it, shall we? ( Updated March 31, 2017 )
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- I used a piece of reclaimed fence wood 1″x8″, about 24″ long, and any 1″x8″ wood piece will work here
- old vintage faucet handles. I got some on Ebay. You can also find some new ones at Home-depot. Paint them a different color if you’d like!
- masking tape, Exacto knife, and paint if you want to add some design elements
- 5/8″ wool dowel, screws, 5/8″ washers, keyhole hangers with matching screws
- drill, plus hand saw or power tool to cut the dowel
I thought it would be fun to create some graphic design elements using the plumbing pipes as a motif. Use a quick sketch as a guide, place some masking tape on a cutting mat, and cut out the shapes we need.
Place the tape on the wood board as our stencil, paint with any color you want. I used white acrylic. Then give it a little sanding for a touch of vintage industrial charm.
Cut the wooden dowel into 2″ to 3″ pieces, paint or stain them so they are a closer match to the wood piece you have. Attach the faucet to each of dowel pieces with screws. Drilling a pilot hole at the center of each dowel piece will make it easier and prevent splitting.
Mark the placement of each faucet handle on the wood, and drill a small hole all the way through. Then drill a 5/8″ hole centered on each small hole about 1/2″ deep, for the dowel to fit. Use wood glue and a long screw from the back to secure the dowel. You may notice the washers which has a 5/8″ opening, on the front face at the base of each dowel piece, they are for a decorative finish. The washers on the back are functional – to give the screws a better grip. Attach 2 keyhole hangers and make sure they are level.
If you love reclaimed wood, feel free to check out a couple of other projects here-
Have a fun weekend!