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Easily hang and simply organize coats, bags, scarves, and hats as soon as you walk in the door. This highly functional bar features the simplicity of round dowels in your favorite solid color. Think outside the entryway with this project—install it under your kitchen cabinets, or along your backsplash to provide easy access to mugs, dish towels, and dried herb bundles. For best results, mount these hooks using the correct screws or hardware, depending on your wall structure and makeup.


  • 56 x 2 x ¾-inch pine board
  • Eight 4-inch long × ½-inch-diameter wood dowels
  • Can of spray paint and primer in one
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill with ½-inch drill bit
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Wood glue
  • Sheet of 120-grit sandpaper
  • Paper towel


  1. Lay the pine board on a flat surface. Line up a tape measure lengthwise and centered on the board, from end to end. Starting at one end, make small pencil marks across the length of the board at the 7-, 13-, 19-, 25-, 31-, 37-, 43-, and 49-inch points, making sure that each pencil mark is centered, widthwise, on the board.
  2. Load your drill with the ½-inch bit. Drill a hole at each pencil mark, going all the way through the board. Try to drill as straight down as possible.
  3. Lay down a plastic drop cloth to protect your surface. Grab the wood glue and put a little wood glue into one hole. Twist a dowel into the hole until it reaches the end of the hole. Repeat with the rest of the dowels. If you are having trouble fitting the dowels, use sandpaper to sand down the edge of the dowel slightly until you can push it through the hole. If any glue seeps out through the top of the hole, wipe it off gently with a paper towel. Let the glue dry overnight.
  4. Once the glue has fully cured, sand down any excess glue on the back so the rack will sit flush against the wall. Also, sand around the top of each dowel for a smooth edge. You can also sand the edges of the pine board to help it look more polished once you paint it. Brush off all the dust.
  5. Spray paint using a couple light coats of paint over the whole unit. Let it dry between coats.

As featured in the Summer 2017 Edition of Beekman 1802 Almanac Magazine. For more check out A Well-Crafted Home: Inspiration and 60 Projects for Personalizing Your Space by Janet Crowther. Photography by Julia Wade. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC

by Aray Till

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