DIY repurpose window frame as hat and bag rack

Don’t you love it when things just fall into place? That’s what happened on this project. I’m so happy and excited about it!

So here’s the back story.

The other day, I was tidying up a bit and noticed some hats lying on the floor of our coat closet. We have a basket where all our hats get tossed and although they have their place, it’s still kind-of sloppy. The thought popped into my head that it would be nice if we could hang the hats on the wall.

I’ve also been telling Eric that I wanted to put up some hooks in the laundry room so we could have a place to hang our bags. The ridiculous amount of bags in the house has been piling up. Diaper bags, purses, camera bags, laptop bags, grocery bags, gym bags, etc. I mean I really feel like some kind of bag lady. I can’t turn around without dealing with some bag of some kind.

There have been several times where I was tempted to put up some old board and add hooks to it. Simple, effective, done. But I didn’t. I don’t know why I delayed, but I am sooooo glad I did.

About a week later a friend of mine tells me they replaced some old windows in their house and wanted to know if we could use the old ones. Uh, yeah! Like I said, it’s awesome when things just fall into place. Those windows made the perfect hat and bag racks. Check out the before pic to the right.

And here’s how to make them.

First I washed them up a bit and sanded them down. (I hate sanding.) While some people will sand something like this back down to the raw wood, I don’t. I get the rough edges off and just paint over it. I don’t know if that’s the right way or the wrong way to do it, but that’s just what I do.

Next I covered the window pane with newspaper and spray painted it a sea foam green to match the curtains in my laundry room.

Just make sure it’s completely dry before turning it over and painting the back. I got a little anxious to finish the second one. I flipped it too soon and then later when I picked it some some of the paint stuck to the tarp and I had to paint again. I know that’s kind of a no-brainer, but whatever.

Also, when I went back and painted the second time, I didn’t tape down my newspaper. Like I said, I got a bit anxious hurried. So if you need. You can pick up these little glass scrapers. They’re pretty cheap and work wonders.

So once all the paint drama is done, add hooks. I used 7 each. Three down each side and one on the bottom middle.

Then, I cut out a ton of letters on my Cricut and placed carefully. And let me tell you, those big letters are hard to place!

I really couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out. They are gorgeous! I think it actually looks better than I imagined it would. It looks great AND it helps me keep things more organized/tidy. Perfect!

Oh, and since you’ve seen it with a few cute bags and hats. You might be wondering what it looks like un-staged and loaded down. It looks…


I told you I had a lot of bags.

But still so much cuter than just some hooks on a wall.

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