Old Books + Old Hooks = Upcycled Coat Rack

One of my favorite things about our monthly Junk Show is getting to recreate the shop from scratch each month! Sure, we dig through barns, we pick flea markets and junk shops, but often our ‘new’ junk is just a new take on something old that we already had on hand. So, when this book rack was left with dozens of old books on it after our January Junk Show… I knew I had to create something funky with them!! But what??

Old Books at Rusted Roots Junk Show #RustedRoots

I really didn’t want to rip them apart. I wanted to keep them intact as much as possible. So, I did what many of you would do, and hit the ‘ol Pinterest for some inspiration. If you’re not following us on Pinterest, you should!! I tell ya, when I get going on there, I get so sucked in!! It’s like I’m a pinnin’ machine! Ha ha!! I’m sure you understand the feeling! But I was stopped in my tracks when I came across a repurposed coat rack made from old books. Angie, from Knick of Time, really hit the nail on the head. No pun intended. Ha ha! And I was totally inspired!!

I started by flipping over the larger of the two books and screwing a base piece of scrap wood to the back. The length of your screw will vary based on the thickness of your book. But you want the screw to go through most of the book. While I had her on the belly, I also attached a sawtooth hook for hanging.

How to Make a Coat Rack from Old Books #RustedRoots

Then it was time to flip her over. I grabbed some metal plumber’s tape like Angie suggested. I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for at the hardware store, but it comes in a round roll like this…

Metal Plumber's Tape

I thought I’d have to use wire snips to cut it, but in all reality, I was able to bend it back and forth a couple times and it snapped in half. Just inside the front cover of the top book, I screwed the top book in place. I liked the cockeyed look, so I tilted it a bit. The plumber’s tape helps hold all of the pages of the book together and really secure the book in place.

DIY Old Books Coat Rack #RustedRoots

Close the cover and attached the hook. It’s a bit tricky. Make sure you position the plumber’s tape on the inside so you don’t hit it when you screw the hook on the front. So, you have a total of six screws holding everything together. The longer the screw, the better. I didn’t use any glue with mine. But you could if you wanted to reinforce it even more.

Upcycled Old Book Hooks #RustedRoots

I spent several hours making book hooks for our Febuary 20-22 Junk Show… it was quite the pile!

Upcycled Projects with Old Books #RustedRoots

The individual book hooks are awesome because they are small enough to fit in the tiniest of spaces. But you could also put two or three together if you wanted a longer coat rack look. You could hang a couple in the bathroom for towels or bathrobes. You can mix and match the colors that best fit your decor!!

Upcycled Old Book Hooks at Junk Show #RustedRoots

They are lined up and ready to go for our February 20-22 Junk Show!!

Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

135 Daniel Boone Street
Hillsborough, NC

Come get your junk on y’all… and grab ya a book hook while you’re at it!!

Rusted Roots Junk Show in Hillsborough, NC #RustedRoots

Like these book hooks?? Check out the upcycled coat rack we whipped up from these old gas pump fronts!!

Upcycled Gas Pump Coat Rack


Until next time, let us remember..

Beauty Stems from Rusted Roots

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  1. So glad to hear my Repurposed Books Coat Rack inspired you to make some of your own! I love how yours turned out!

  2. This is seriously pure genius! I love this! You are so creative!

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