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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I measured and cut my pieces of scrapbook paper.
One of these cutting devices is super helpful to get straight cuts, but scissors work too if you don’t have one.
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.
It looks much more seamless if you cut around some of the details.
Apply a generous layer of decoupage medium, which goes on milky but dries clear.
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.
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.
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.
So I decided it needed a border, and I taped one off with painter’s tape.
Soooo much better. Before hanging I gave the shelf two coats of the matte sealer that I showed earlier.
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.
Here’s how it looks underneath.
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.
Here’s another look at the before.
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.
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.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,