|Project by GlennsGrandson||posted 05-31-2012 03:04 AM||1746 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
This idea occurred to my wife while we were browsing through an antique store and she saw a mixed bunch of old cast iron coat/hat hooks. She asked if we could make a coat rack, easy enough I said. She grabbed four mismatched hooks and so it began. It was a fun tag team project.
I used a 1×6x36” piece of red oak and put a Roman Ogee on the edges. She wanted to use a “Cracked” or worn finish on it. We applied a primer and then a dark color on the board. After it was dry we lathered that board up really good with Elmer’s school glue and mixed paint with a bit of tap water to thin it out. We quickly brushed on the paint over the still very wet/tacky glue and immediately hit it with a hair dryer. Hmm…It worked. The thicker the glue the bigger the cracks (we used A LOT of glue). Then a quick spray on clear coat after it dried.
We used some metallic bronze spray paint on the hooks, after a Rust-Oleum primer of course :)
I drilled some holes for the wall/anchor screws I got, can’t remember what they were called but they were 1/4” x 3 1/2” with a T30 head that measured 3/4” wide. So I drilled the 1/4” holes for the screws and then followed with a 3/4” spade bit to get the head below surface and make room for a “Button” to cover the screws. (Big screws for big Dakota winter coats)
When I was putting in the 7/8” wood screws to hold the hooks I decided that a regular ol’ screw driver was no fun. I didn’t want to use a drill because they were flat head screws so I didn’t want to slip off and scuff up the paint or screw. So I looked around and spotted the old Yankee screw driver that my Grandpa gave me in a box-o-stuff. It was fun to use this “older” tool for this project and was actually quite effective.
If anyone attempts this finish, please drill your holes PRIOR to the “Crackle” painting. When I used the spade bits this stuff wanted to tear off like it was one big sticker. On that note, hopefully it holds up.
Questions, comments, thoughts, ideas, constructive criticism welcome! Thanks again for looking!
-- Grant - S/N Dakota