{five minute friday} Pretty Painted Hangers

Friday, January 15, 2016

If you've been following along with my coat closet series, then you know that our brand new coat closet system was installed last week and I'm in the process of organizing all of our coats and winter gear.

I believe strongly in the idea that making an organized space pretty motivates you to keep it organized, so I bet you won't be surprised to learn that I've also been working on some pretty DIY projects for the new coat closet - like these cheerful painted hangers.

pretty painted wood hangers

Wood hangers make a great choice for a coat closet because they are super sturdy for heavy coats and jackets. I invested in a set of wooden hangers from The Container Store {affiliate link} when we moved into our home eight years ago, and they've held up great. So much better than the the hodgepodge of wire and plastic hangers that I used to use, which often wound up bent or broken under the weight of our coats. 

But despite the functionality of our wood hangers, I'll admit that I don't love the look of them. Light colored wood isn't really my thing - especially when combined with the light grey tone of our new closet system, and the dark color of our wood floors and closet doors. 

If you're rolling your eyes at me right now, that's ok. I know it's a super picky little thing. Which is exactly why I couldn't justify spending the money to replace all of the hangers with the chic chrome hangers that I really want {affiliate link}. But I can afford a can of $3 spray paint...so the wood hangers are getting a makeover!

I chose Rust-Oleum Seaside - a glossy teal - to match the main color of our living room, and the baskets that will be going on the closet shelves. 

I thought about painting the entire hanger, including the metal hook part on top, but I worried that this wouldn't hold up well as we take the hangers on and off of the closet rods. Instead, I decided to cover the metal tops and just paint the wood. To make this super quick and easy, I just used a small piece of foil to cover the metal hook of each hanger. 

I simply folded the foil over the top of the hanger and pinched it together.

It only took me a few minutes to cover the tops of all the hangers, then I laid the hangers out on a large scrap of cardboard and gave them a coat of spray paint. Thanks goodness for the first warmish day in a long time, because spray painting in frigid temperatures doesn't end well. As a side note, painting hangers in your front yard may get you strange looks from neighbors and dog walkers ;).

Pretty Painted Hangers

Once the paint was dry on one side of each hanger, I flipped them over and painted the other side. That color makes me so happy! And just like that, my hangers have a whole new look...

Pretty Painted Hangers

My coat closet will be that much more stylish; and my budget didn't take a beating! Best of all, this project only took about five minutes of my time. So while painting the hangers wasn't necessary, it was a pretty little detail that I could justify.

Pretty Painted Hangers

Next Wednesday, I'll be revealing our brand new, stylishly organized coat closet. I have a few other DIY projects up my sleeve, and I'll be sharing a whole lot of organizing tips, so you won't want to miss it! UPDATE: See our newly organized and pretty coat closet, and read my 7 tips to create an organized coat closet that works for your whole family!

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  1. I love this idea! What a great way to add fun color to your closet. And I like your tip about cover the hooks with aluminum foil.

  2. Great idea. I'm going to go out and paint my wood hangers now. Thanks

  3. I've been thinking about doing this but have been concerned that the paint won't hold up.

    1. I painted mine more than a year and a half ago and they still look as good as day one. Go for it!