DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin

Good morning buttercup and happy Monday to you!! I’m so excited for today’s post for two reasons. First, I haven’t shared a good ol’ fashioned DIY project in a while and this one is pretty fun. And second, this project involves vintage ceiling tin, which is basically the coolest thing ever. You guys, I have ALWAYS wanted to find a way to use vintage tin in one of my projects. I just love it and I think it has so much character and beauty. Most of it comes from old homes built in the late 1800’s and even old churches too, so there is tons of history with them. Anyway, I came up with a way to use a piece of tin to make a super easy DIY coat rack and I’m SO pumped to share it with you guys today. Really, this may be one of my favorite DIY projects yet. OK, here’s the piece of tin I found that inspired this project:

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

I snapped this with my iPhone, so I apologize because the quality isn’t great. But you can still see how pretty it is. I actually found this at one of my favorite antique shops and I just love all the details and chippy paint. I thought it was the perfect size to turn into a coat rack using these farmhouse-y hooks, so I grabbed a piece of wood we had sitting in our garage and got started.

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

This is just basic piece of pine that I painted white. My ideas was to wrap the tin around this piece of wood.

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

First I laid the tin over the wood and positioned it so it was hanging over the edges a bit. The wood was a few inches shorter than the tin, which worked out perfectly. Then we simply screwed it to the wood. (If you do this make sure to pre-drill the holes first, it makes the job much easier!)

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

Once the tin was in place, the next step was bending it over the edges of the wood–basically like wrapping a present. This was pretty easy to do because that old tin is very pliable and easy to work with. Then we placed screws in the sides to hold it in place. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project! DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

And that was it! Next up was screwing the hooks into place, which only took about 15 minutes to do. Here’s how it looks now:

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project! DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project! DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

Snazzy, huh? I really love how this turned out. It’s exactly like I envisioned and I think it gives our little hallway so much character. Plus it’s nice to have the extra space to hang coats and bags.

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project! DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project! DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

If you look closely on the upper half of the tin, you can see a line of small crosses. I love those and it kinda makes me think this tin may have been on the ceiling of an old church.

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

DIY Coat Rack With Vintage Tin. Easy farmhouse style DIY project!

I really love being able to repurpose things like old vintage tin into something new and useful. It’s one of my favorite things to do and I’m just grateful that I get to share my projects here with you guys. This coat rack turned out pretty cool and it really didn’t take very long to do, which seems to be how the majority of my DIY projects go around here. Easy, quick, and useful with a touch of vintage charm. That’s my favorite combo!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today. Here’s a few other easy peasy DIY projects you might want to check out:

A Simple DIY Farmhouse Style Lamp

DIY Shelf with Vintage Dresser Harp

Easy DIY Fireplace Cover

Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.

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57 Comments

  1. 8.27.18
    Liz said:

    I absolutely LOVE this!
    So creative and I enjoy seeing materials repurposed into something useful! Great job!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Liz!! xo

  2. 8.27.18
    Lisa said:

    Did you have any issues with paint popping off as you bent the metal? I have a perfect piece to try this with but am I afraid the paint may come off as I bend it.

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Yep, a little paint did pop off but not too bad!

  3. 8.27.18
    Sandy said:

    This is just beautiful! In my area we don’t have any antique stores that carry great pieces like this tin😥. Would you be interested in making one? Please contact me I am very intrested this is what I’ve been looking for, for my foyer.

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Ah I wish I could make more. I need to find more tin like this. Maybe if I can track down a lot of it I will!

  4. 8.27.18
    Amanda said:

    Oh, I love thi DIY!! Exactly what I need for our mudroom. I’ll be looking for some old tin now 🤗 Happy Monday!!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Yes Amanda, go find yourself some tin!

  5. 8.27.18
    Laura Harrie said:

    Super clever idea, it looks great, love the details in the tin!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      thank you Laura!

  6. 8.27.18
    Linda Scott said:

    I love It!! Thanks for sharing!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks for stopping by Linda!

  7. 8.27.18
    Becky said:

    Good Monday morning Sarah, love the old tin coat rack! I do have a piece of tin, little shorter than yours but maybe if I just put two books on it. I’ve it! Thanks Sarah. xoxo

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Yes!! you could totally make a smaller one Becky.

  8. 8.27.18
    Wanda Glass said:

    Beautiful. I want one!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Wanda!

  9. 8.27.18
    Suzy said:

    Hi-this looks so cute! Where could I find those hooks? Thanks!

  10. 8.27.18
    Nikki said:

    What a clever idea!! I always love your DIY’s. I’m going to be on the hunt for some old tin….. thanks for sharing.

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Nikki! So glad you dropped by. xoxo

  11. 8.27.18
    Ann said:

    This really came out adorable luv it!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      thanks Ann!

  12. 8.27.18

    So cute and creative-love this DIY! Great job!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Dori!

  13. 8.27.18
    Kathy Mcdonagh said:

    I’m so impressed! I see tin like that every once in a while that I would love to buy but never know how to use it. I had no idea it would be so easy to work with. I’m getting it next time. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Kathy!!

  14. 8.27.18
    Abby Brookshire said:

    Love this!! You are so creative and inspiring! I will be looking for old tin for sure! I have the perfect spot for something like this!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Oh awesome!! Go track down some tin Abby!

  15. 8.27.18
    jennifer bacon said:

    Love! Great job! I love old tin as well. What a great project 😊

  16. 8.27.18
    Roxanna Winchester said:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!! You are so cleaver, I would have never thought in a million to do this.

  17. 8.27.18
    Sheilah said:

    WDid you teat for lead paint?

    • 8.27.18
      Sheilah said:

      Boy fumble fingers this morning.I said did you test for lead paint.

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      No, but I might test for it soon. Lead paint isn’t an issue unless you’re breathing in the dust while sanding it or eating the paint chips. I won’t be doing either of those!

  18. 8.27.18
    kimberly said:

    love it, sarah! bending the tin looks like the tricky part but overall an easy beautiful DIY. love the look. perfect.

    kim xx

  19. 8.27.18
    Deedra said:

    Oh how pretty!!!

  20. 8.27.18
    Lori said:

    What a clever idea! I love it!!

  21. 8.27.18

    What a fun project! I’m going to be on the lookout for vintage tin!

  22. 8.27.18
    Brenda Johnson said:

    I love this so much, it is an amazing looking piece…such a great idea!

  23. 8.27.18
    Lori said:

    Love it! What a great job!

  24. 8.27.18
    Jan said:

    So cool! Might have e to try this! Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!

  25. 8.27.18
    Lisa L Duty said:

    Wow! I love it. Tell me….how did you afix it to the wall so that it’s sturdy?

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      We just screwed it to studs in the wall!

  26. 8.27.18
    Moriah said:

    Love it!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Moriah!

  27. 8.27.18
    Lynnette said:

    Sara,
    That is so neat!! I love it!!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      thank you Lynnette!

  28. 8.28.18
    Maggie said:

    That is beautiful! Great patina and really adorable! You come across the best stuff! I need to go shopping with you!

    • 8.28.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Maggie, let’s go antiquing anytime! 🙂

  29. 8.29.18
    Linda said:

    That is adorable. I’m going to do this and put in under my farm sink in my kitchen . What I need to know is did you seal that tin and if so with what ?

    • 8.30.18
      Sarah said:

      Nope, didn’t seal it at all!

  30. 8.31.18
    Chet said:

    I love this!! So cute and very farmhouse!! I’m doing this and my wife is going to love it! Thanks!

  31. 8.31.18
    Mary said:

    Where did you find the hanging basket and greens?

    • 8.31.18
      Sarah said:

      The greenery is from Marshall’s and the basket is from Anthropologie!

  32. 9.10.18
    Ella said:

    Oh my goodness, I love that used this wonderful piece of tin! I have a like DIY rack I made for the bathroom and hand towels. I used a piece of old weathered fence board and found antique hooks that were left in my 120-year-old barn by long ago owners that I twisted into the wood. I just love it! Beautiful and easy.

  33. 9.11.18
    Karen said:

    Hi Sarah, Could you share the dimensions of the board and tile you used? And is the tin you found a cornice piece? Thanks- love the look!!!

  34. 2.11.20
    Candy said:

    Good Morning Sarah
    I wish that my brain would work like yours…lol. ..I love this idea and I also love the old tin roofs.
    I once wallpapered a bathroom ceiling that looked like a tin Victorian roof. I had to paint it and it was a lot of work, but loved it

  35. 3.8.20
    Rebecca Anglin said:

    Where did the basket come from you hung?!