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Painting a wall coat rack

Written By: Ana Tapia

When a wall coat rack no longer fits the look of a home or simply needs an update, painting it is a great option. Painting a wall coat rack is almost effortless and can easily give it a custom look. Before beginning to paint the coat rack, one should ensure all of the required items are at hand. These items include: the new paint color, primer, a small brush or roller, a container to pour the paint into, and, if necessary, a can of spray paint for the hooks and other hardware.

Once the materials are at hand, it is time to begin preparing the wall coat rack for paint. The first step is to remove it from the wall and remove all hardware such as the hooks and screws. Whether or not the hardware is being painted, it should be put aside carefully so no piece is lost. Once the hardware has been removed, it’s time to sand the coat rack.

Sanding can be messy and is best done outdoors or in a non-livable room such as a garage or balcony. Using a medium (80-120) grit sandpaper, lightly sand over every surface of the coat rack. The higher the number of grit, the finer and less abrasive the wood will turn out. The goal is to make it only slightly abrasive, so the coat of paint or primer will adhere better.

After the wall coat rack has been sanded, wipe off any excess dust with a lightly dampened cloth to ensure it is clean. If there are any areas such as a mirror or mesh, apply painter’s tape to protect them from any paint spills. The coat rack is now ready to paint or prime. Paint and primer may have harmful odors or chemicals which can make them unsafe to use in small or closed-off rooms. It is best to paint in a large, well-ventilated room while using low or no VOC paints.

If primer is necessary, apply a thin, even coat of primer and let it dry. The number of coats needed and drying time between each coat can be found on the paint can. Multiple coats of primer will likely be needed for even coverage.

Once the primer has been applied, the first coat of paint can be applied. Following the paint’s instructions, apply one layer of paint at a time while allowing enough time for drying. Repeat as necessary until the finish is smooth and even. A top coat or sealer can also be applied if desired.

If the wall coat rack hardware is being painted, the best option is to use spray paint. The hooks will also need to be sanded if they are extremely smooth so that paint will not rub off with use. Spray paint has high odor and for safety reasons it must be used outdoors.

A good surface for painting hardware is a piece of cardboard such as a flattened box. Lay out the coat rack hardware spaced out on the work surface and paint them as the directions on the spray can instruct.

After your wall coat rack has dried, reattach any hardware and hang it back on the wall. The finished project should be a smooth and beautiful upgrade that will last for years.

Comparing wall and standing coat racks

Written By: Tammy Cramblett

It is not always easy to decide between types of coat racks. Not only are there colors, materials and designs to choose from but also styles. The main styles are wall mounted and standing racks. Both types of racks have pros and cons that should be carefully considered before making a decision. 

A person might think that any old rack will do as long as it will hold coats. While this thought may be true, there are important things to take into account. Things like placement and aesthetic appeal are two examples of good considerations. In order to make a sound choice, it is helpful to know more about each type of rack.  

Wall coat racks

There are a few things to like about a wall rack. 

  • Space saver
  • Cannot be tipped over
  • Endless design possibilities

One of the best things about a wall coat rack is that it saves floor space. A wall mounted coat rack allows the floor space to remain open for walking, shoe placement or whatever a person needs it for. The nice thing is people can put up more than one wall rack without cramping space. 

It would be a rather difficult feat to accomplish tipping over a wall mounted coat rack. The very idea is, of course, silly. However, one less thing on the floor means one less thing to accidentally knock over or trip on. This is especially important in smaller spaces.

A fun fact about wall coat racks is the design possibilities are endless. A wall rack can be made from almost anything. From mirrors to drift wood, a coat rack is only one creative thought away.  

Although there are nice things about a wall coat rack, there are downsides as well.

  • Wet coats can drip down walls
  • Must be properly installed to avoid damage to walls.
  • Hassle to move

Wet coats hanging on a wall rack can drip down the wall. Over time that dripping can cause water damage if precautions have not been taken. The thing about water damage from a dripping coat is that it can sneak up on people as it may not be noticeable until it’s almost too late. 

While installing a wall rack may not be too difficult, people have to be careful not to damage their walls. Certain walls require special hardware in order for objects to be hung securely. If the correct hardware is not used, the rack could come down under the weight of heavy coats, causing holes and/or cracks in the wall. 

Wall racks can be quite convenient until one has to be taken down or relocated. There is the hassle of unmounting the rack itself. Then there is the possibility of having to fill in the holes left by the mounting hardware. 

Standing coat racks

While a wall rack can be handy, standing racks offer up some pretty nice attributes too.

  • Easy to move 
  • Can add to the decor
  • No installation required

These factors can make a standing coat rack very appealing to consumers. The rack can be moved anywhere easily because it does not have to be taken apart or unmounted. A standing rack can be moved from room to room without a second thought. 

With simple to ornate designs options, a standing rack can add a bit of subtle charm to a room. Even when full of coats, the base or legs might still be visible. Without coats on the rack, it can be a cozy “art” piece, depending on the design. A standing rack can also help fill in gaps in an extra large foyer or utility room. This can help larger rooms look more comfortable. 

The best part of all is that a standing rack requires little to no assembly and no installation. What this means is it is ready to go with little hassle. No worries about holes or cracks in the walls with a standing coat rack.

As with most anything, there are the cons to standing coat racks.

  • Bulky
  • Can be knocked over
  • Limited placement

Standing coat racks, especially when full of coats, can be rather bulky. People may have to walk around the rack and that can be a minor inconvenience. This can also be a problem if the rack is placed by the door and a group of people are all trying to hang up their coats without stepping on each other. 

Another bad scenario is that a standing rack can be tipped over. Whether by a playful pet like a dog or people bumping into it by accident, this can pose a problem. It is unlikely that a standing rack will cause any damage if tipped over. However, it is possible that the rack itself might chip or crack after being tipped too many times. 

Due to the fact that a standing rack takes up floor space, placement can be limited. One wants to try and keep the rack handy yet out of the walkway. The last thing anyone wants to do is trip or bump into a coat rack when trying to walk past it. A standing rack may not be ideal for smaller spaces.

A coat rack is not just a coat rack. Certain situations call for a wall mounted rack and others call for a standing rack. Wall racks are excellent for saving floor space while standing racks are great for filling in large spaces. It is best to survey the intended placement before deciding which type of rack will be the best. 

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