Stair Newel Coat Tree

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DIY a Pottery Barn Kids inspired Coat tree out of off the shelf supplies! A simple stair newels, some shelf brackets and hooks can make a cute Coat tree!

I pinned, I built, and I blogged! 

Last week, when Sherry and Katie put the Pinterest Challenge out there, I was SO on board.  Because I'm quite guilty of pinning and pinning and pinning . . . and not getting around to building.
Sometimes you all save me.

Source: via Ana on Pinterest

Like when I pinned this Adirondack Side Table

Drew up and posted some plans . . . .
THANK YOU Sharon!  
But for the Pinterest Challenge, the rules are quite simple.  You pin it and you make it.  

I'd pinned this a bit back, and thought it would make the perfect project for this challenge. 

And that's my Pinterest Challenge. I'm linked up over at Young House Love and you can enter too.  Thanks Sherry and Katie for hosting, how fun!  Really enjoyed this challenge!

Happy Pinning, but more importantly, Happy Making!
48" tall x 15" wide x 15" deep. This coat tree is suitable for children.


Shopping List

1 - 48" Stair Newel

4 - Pine Shelf Brackets OR Cut your own from 4-2x6 boards @ 12" long
4 - Coat Hooks
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

First things first, pick up a stair newel at your local home improvement store.  Mine was $24.  Perfect.

Step 2

And then four Pine Shelf Brackets (included hardware is GOOD).  If you don't want to shell out $4 on each shelf bracket, you can do what I did, and simply cut shelf brackets out of scrap 1x6 or 2x6 boards and attach with a good ole Kreg Jig.  If you bought shelf brackets, attach to stair post, elevating stair post up 1" with included hardware.

Step 3

Next up, attach hardware to top of stair newel by measuring and placing hooks around all four sides. My coat hooks were on clearance for $2 a hook.

Step 4

I found my hooks were a little on the big side, so you may wish to choose smaller hooks.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Tue, 08/02/2011 - 13:54

Starting to wonder if I should just give in to this Pinterest thing... you make it soun like something I must do!

Love this idea too. But you know you are dreaming about it being used correctly. And in my house it would probably become a horse or something!


Tue, 08/02/2011 - 23:16

I'm not sure if this is just in Canada (I don't think it is, but I'm too tired to go looking it up right now), but many cities have Habitat For Humanity Re-Store, where a person can find crazy great deals on leftovers from others' home improvement projects. I'm sure I could find 4 hooks (matching even!) for $1 each and a newel for $5 and the brackets (or at least a length of wood) for $2. Not to mention full gallons of mis-tinted paint for $10.

I can't always find exactly what I'm looking for right away but going regularly with my in-progress list, I've always managed to find what I need without too much effort. It's actually dangerous going in there.. SOOO many projects pop into mind just looking at all of the stacks of tile, cabinets, hardware, etc :)

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 14:27

I completely agree with you! They have them in the states and I love them! You may have to do some digging but there is always something there to be re-purposed!

MJPoppyseed (not verified)

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 13:02

I was wondering where you put the holes from the kreg jig.. on the bottom? didn't your screws intersect w/ eachother? Just wondering as I'm having a tough time picturing how you connected the legs.. Thanks so much! I'm sooo planning to make this as we don't have a coat closet!

Michele T (not verified)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 05:23

This is exactly what my kids need to keep their rooms tidy!! Thanks for sharing!