Game Board Garment Rack

When we started to decorate the lake cabin my mom offered the use of a ladder that was built by my great-grandfather. The ladder was in the one-room farmhouse in which my grandfather grew up, and was pulled down in the evening to get to the sleeping quarters in the loft space above the living room and kitchen. It’s impressive in its craftsmanship and size – at over 12 feet – and serves as a display for antique quilts in the entryway (the only area with suitable ceiling height). I love the ladder and display, especially how it welcomes everyone right when they enter the cabn. It did, however, present a bit of a design challenge because I wanted to use the adjacent wall for some small storage. We have a closet so nothing major was needed, but I wanted a place where the kiddos can easily grab their hats and sweatshirts. I tried a hall tree last summer and although functionally it did the trick, it didn’t look quite right when placed next to the ladder – it crowded the space and often looked cluttered. My mom and I were in a darling little vintage shop in a neighboring town a couple of weekends ago when I posed the design challenge to her. Proving how amazing she is in this area, she thought about it for all of five seconds and said, “Oh! What about adding hooks to a great looking old game board?” Coincidentally, one was right at our feet in the store, perfect for this very idea. I love the pop of color and the nostalgic feel, and it’s been working like a charm (it’s always a bonus when things work out visually and functionally just as you hoped). Simple steps and materials below.   DSC_0886_edited-1DSC_0830_edited-1Materials: game board, 3M Command hooks, nails, hammer.
Steps: Add the hooks to the board in the desired position and hang the board on the wall – too easy! Note that I hung it using a pretty simple approach of nails at three of the corners (see below). This style of game board is pretty common, but if you use a game board without the corner pockets you could hang as you would a normal frame (note, however, that I’m using this only to hang a few light items).
DSC_0833_edited-1DSC_0841_edited-1DSC_0890_edited-1DSC_0881_edited-1Reality Check. I originally purchased great looking antique hooks for the board, which would have looked fantastic – certainly compared to the Command hooks. But I worried that the weight would be too much for the relatively flimsy game board and would make hanging on the wall more of a challenge, so I opted for the Command hooks instead. It simplified the project by quite a bit, and still looks great.

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