Easy DIY Wall Clothes Rack Makeover

Super easy clothes rack makeover to add some fun and color

This clothes rack makeover has been a long time coming. I was waiting until I repainted my bedroom, which I did a little while back.

And guess what… I painted it pink!

And not just any pink, but the same hot pink that’s on my living room china cabinet, and on my craft room ceiling. The older I get the more important it is for me to stay in touch with my creative inner child.

I’ve always wanted my home decor to be happy, colorful, and fun, and I want the things in it to make me smile.

Sometimes we think we have to wait for the perfect thing to come along, already looking the way that we need it to.

But that’s really not true.

You can restyle practically anything to make it fit in with your own home decor.

I’m on a quest to complete projects with supplies that I already have, and for this clothes rack makeover I did just that.

metal shelf with clothes hooks top before

So here’s the wall clothes rack exactly how I found it at a thrift store for just $2. There’s nothing wrong with it if it’s your style, but it’s definitely not mine. But I do love the shape of it and all the curlicue details.

metal shelf with clothes hooks bottom before

And the white porcelain knobs are gorgeous, and they match the knob on the door that the wall rack is attached to so the knobs will be staying as is. But the rest of it is going to be totally and happily restyled.

metal shelf with clothes hooks in room before

Here’s what the clothes rack before looks like in my new hot pink bedroom. You can get a glimpse of how the room looked before in my quilt square dresser makeover post.

Our house was built in 1890, and the clothes rack is attached to an original closet door and it’ll be staying in the same place.

Supplies needed for this project

  • wall clothes rack
  • spray paint and top coat
  • painter’s tape
  • scrapbook paper
  • decoupage medium
  • foam brush
  • scissors or cutting device
  • ruler and pencil

taping over porcelain ball hooks before spray painting shelf with clothes hooks

Because I’m keeping the knobs I taped them off with painter’s tape. The easiest way to do this is to tear little pieces of tape and attach them from the bottom up. Then fill in any gaps with more pieces of tape until you have them all covered.

spray paints used in shelf with clothes hooks makeover

For this clothes rack makeover I went into my spray paint stash and decided on a chalky finish spray paint in a deep aqua blue called waterfall, and this matte clear top coat.

spray painted shelf with clothes hooks

Here’s the clothes rack in place after two coats of the spray paint. So much better already, but it needs to be happified even more.

supplies for decoupaging shelf with clothes hooks

So I went into my scrapbook stash and found this lovely floral. I really wanted a paper with a white background to play off the white knobs and the closet door. I’m using some DecoArt decoupage medium specifically for paper because that’s what I had on hand.

cutting scrapbook paper to size

I measured and cut my pieces of scrapbook paper.

cutting device used to cut scrapbook paper

One of these cutting devices is super helpful to get straight cuts, but scissors work too if you don’t have one.

piecing together scrapbook paper

The shelf area is longer than the scrapbook paper so I had to put two pieces together. The seam is more visible if you just put the straight edge on top.

cutting out additional scrapbook paper piece

It looks much more seamless if you cut around some of the details.

applying decoupage medium to metal shelf

Apply a generous layer of decoupage medium, which goes on milky but dries clear.

decoupaging scrapbook paper onto bottom of shelf with clothes hooks

Apply a light coat of decoupage medium onto the back of the paper before putting it in place. This helps decrease wrinkling and gives you more work time. Then work the paper carefully with your fingers, or use a plastic bag with you hand inside, to flatten the paper nicely in place.

decoupaging scrapbook paper onto top of shelf with clothes hooks

Do the same for the top areas. Even though I won’t see the top of the shelf most of the time I still wanted to make it match, but that’s just me. It would bug me if I left if blank. I might not see it but I would know it’s there. lol.

decoupaged wall clothes rack makeover on closet door

I hung it on the closet door to see what I thought, and it seemed unfinished to me. It looked like I just plunked a piece of paper on the front there.

taping off edges of scrapbook paper to create a border

So I decided it needed a border, and I taped one off with painter’s tape.

spray painted and decoupaged floral clothes rack attached to closet door

Soooo much better. Before hanging I gave the shelf two coats of the matte sealer that I showed earlier.

DIY spray painted and decoupaged wall clothes rack makeover 2

To my eye that border really finished it off beautifully, and it was super easy to do. Often it’s those small details that make all the difference.

DIY spray painted and decoupaged floral shelf with clothes hooks makeover 3

Here’s how it looks underneath.

DIY spray painted and decoupaged floral shelf with clothes hooks makeover

I have no idea what I’ll put on the shelf. Since it’s on a closet door it can’t be anything that will fall down when I open the door. I’ll have to think on that.

metal shelf with clothes hooks top before

Here’s another look at the before.

spray painted and decoupaged floral shelf with clothes hooks makeover

And the after. I can totally see this being used as a jewelry or scarf holder as well. All those curlicues do allow for extra hanging.

decoupaged and spray painted metal shelf with clothes hooks in room after

And here’s how the finished clothes rack looks in my hot pink, green, and blue bedroom. I’m super happy with how it turned out and it cost me next to nothing.

There are so many inexpensive things at thrift stores that have the potential to be just what you want or need, but they might need a little bit of reimagining to get there.

I hope this project has inspired you to know that you really can restyle anything to make it fit in your own home decor.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

DIY vintage wall shelf with clothes hooks makeover

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I love this makeover. Fabulous!

  2. Oh, Tuula, you’ve done it again…….left me speechless! Absolutely beautiful. And I totally agree, the border on the back was the perfect touch! And I LOVE your bedroom walls! I really wanted to do my craft room walls, in purple….and I mean PURPLE, not violet or lavender. But I chickened out and just did one wall in a sponge paint of 3 different shades of the same color. And I love it, but I’ll always wonder, what if……..? One more thing, and I know I’ve mentioned this before, you’re husband is a gem. How many husbands would let their wives paint the bedroom that color? None I know! I just bet he’s a real sweetie!

    1. Thanks Dona! Your wall sounds fabulous and I’m so happy you love it because that’s what it’s all about. You’re so right about my hubby! He’s super supportive of all my crazy ideas. I’m so lucky!

  3. I love this makeover. It looks wonderful!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing!!! I’m within a year of retiring as an educator and have so many projects I want to do so that I can bring back my creative self. Our house was built in 1895 and just this morning said oh I can’t because that’s not what would be expected. Yes I need to work on that side of myself as well. I absolutely LOVE the whole room and am working hard to also not buy new things but reinvent ALL that I have collected over the almost 20 years we’ve been in this house. Thank you for your continued inspiration!!!

    1. You’re so welcome Karla! I’m so glad you find my projects inspirational. I retired from my day job two years ago and I’ve never looked back. I’m 62 now and this feels like the best time of my creative life. I hope it’s the same for you!

  5. Wow, that pink is a bold move (literally!) but it looks great! And I love your new shelf too!


    1. Thanks Tania! You’re so right. It’s definitely a bold move, but you know what they say? Go big or go home. Wait a minute, I’m already home. lol.

  6. Very pretty makeover, Tuula, and what a difference adding the border made! I love the style of the cute clothes rack too.

  7. Debra Hubbs says:

    I love these little shelves/racks and this came out so nice. I thought it looked great when first done but that border added around the top flower part made it perfect. You have a great eye for details. Love the color and paper used.