Written By: Vanessa Wade
Mounting a coat rack on a wall can be a complex task. The weight of the coat rack, finding a stud or two and whether the wall you are planning to hang it on is drywall,
concrete or plaster are just some important things to consider. Any misstep can lead to a damaged wall. Removing a wall coat rack can be even more challenging, and may also damage your wall if done incorrectly. Here is a way to properly remove a wall coat rack and easily conceal the holes made.
Finding the right tools
The key to successfully removing a wall coat rack is making sure you have the right tools. You will need:
- clean cotton cloth
- needle-nose pliers
- utility blade
- wall putty
- putty knife
The removal process
1. Using a screwdriver, carefully remove the screws on the coat rack. If the rack is heavy, you may need someone to keep the rack steady to prevent it from falling.
2. Discard or set aside the screws and dismounted wall coat rack.
3. Remove all dust and small particles around the wall anchors using a clean cotton cloth. Meticulously rub the area in a circular motion.
4. Grab the edge of the wall anchor’s head with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Bend and pull the head gently towards you using a slight rocking motion. You need to apply just enough pressure to loosen the wall anchor head. Pull the anchor head out about 1 millimeter. Take care not to pull the anchor head out completely to avoid causing damage to your wall.
5. Place the utility blade behind the loosened anchor head. From there, carefully cut towards the head. Use short, left-right movements in a downward motion as you cut.
6. Once the anchor head has been removed, place a flat head screwdriver across the opening of the anchor. Tap the end of the screwdriver with a hammer. Keep tapping until you hear the rest of the anchor fall down behind the drywall.
Filling the holes
1. With your hammer, lightly tap the empty hole to flatten any parts protruding from the wall. This helps avoid having bumps on your wall. Cut off any rough or splintered edges with a utility knife.
2. Place a small amount of wall putty on the edge of a putty knife. Drag the putty knife over the hole in an “X” pattern to fill it. Continue dragging until the hole is completely filled in. Smooth the edges with your putty knife. Allow the putty to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Once the putty is dry, take the sandpaper and gently sand away any excess materials until the area is completely smooth. With a clean dry cloth, wipe over the area to remove any dust.
4. Paint over the hole with a paint that matches the surrounding wall. Apply with steady strokes to avoid creating an uneven surface.
While it is optional, it is recommended you wear rubber gloves when working with
sharp objects. This can help prevent you from accidentally cutting yourself.