I have started working on our front entry way so guests will feel a little more welcome. It will have a place to hang coats and a bench to slip on or off shoes. First project was the coat rack.
My parents brought me a lovely collection of craftsman molding that they removed from a home that burned. The wood was a little damaged and smokey but still very usable. I decided to use the piece above to make the coat rack.
First I needed to cut out some brackets to support a top shelf.
You can see I played with the design of the brackets so much that I had to use a black marker to make sure I cut the right line.
Two brackets sitting on top of the dog kennel, which actually makes a pretty good work surface.
After screwing the brackets to the molding piece I cut a 1/2 inch plywood top to fit the top.
Using some trim I removed from another piece of molding, I trimmed out the plywood. After all of that I filled in the holes with wood filler, sanded and painted. Once it was dry I added some coat hooks.
Here the shelf is installed.