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.