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Distressed Wood Coat Rack

Turn an old porch post into a coat rack with a wonderfully weathered look. Our how-to video on distressing wood makes it easy!

 Distressed wood coat rack

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Drill, bit set, and screwdriving bits
  • 120- or 180-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Tack cloth
  • Porch post (also available at Lowe's: #223620)


  • 4 - 8" pine brackets, #64384
  • 8 - satin nickel ball-end coat and hat hooks, #117906
  • 2 - packages #8 x 2-in wood screws

Valspar Signature paint:

  • Amazon Silt, #34143
  • Raspberry Wine, #177914
  • Faint Maple, #33855
  • LaFonda Deep Clay Red, #34143
  • Jekyll Club Veranda Ivory, #26552

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

Wipe down the porch post and sand down any flaking paint. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.
Good to Know
Always sand in the same direction as the wood grain, even around small turned details along a post.

Step 2

Drill four countersunk pilot holes in the same locations on each of the four brackets. Sand the brackets and wipe clean.

Step 3

Paint the brackets with a light color (we used Valspar Signature Jekyll Club Veranda Ivory, #7003-20). Let dry. Then, paint with a darker shade (we used Raspberry Wine, #1009-9). Let dry.

Step 4

Lightly sand the edges of the brackets to reveal the lighter paint and produce a distressed finish. Screw brackets to the base of the post with the ends flush with the bottom of the post.

Step 5

Paint stripes on the post (we used Amazon Silt, #6010-4; Faint Maple, #2008-9C; and LaFonda Deep Clay Red, #2003-7B). Screw hooks to the post at the top and about halfway down.