May 27, 2010

Guest Blogger...Rebekah from Potholes & Pantyhose!

I'm so excited to have the H-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s Rebekah from Potholes & Pantyhose guest posting today!  From the moment I came across her blog, I knew she was fun and a little quirky...but the girl has got a "think outside the design box" attitude I JUST LOVE!  Well today is no exception because Rebekah has whipped up a funky coat rack that you will not forget anytime she is!

Hello all you Fabulous Gals! I’m Rebekah from and I am excited to be a guest today!

At Potholes & Pantyhose, I blog about touring with my musician hubby, my home life-which usually involves some type of remodeling project, my photography, and any Arts and Crap that I happen to make. I try to maintain a somewhat normal life. However, normalcy keeps escaping me.

Today, I have a coat rack project that is simple, unique and involves dealing with my weird love of all things deer right now. I desperately needed a coat rack, but couldn’t find anything that was different enough to stand out. I am bohemian by nature, my hubby is a modernist and the outside of our home is traditional. So what says compromise better than deer hooves?

What you will need:

Wood Paneling-I bought my 3/4” tongue and groove from Habitat for Humanity

3/4” x 1” ‘L’ shaped trim

Deer Hooves-I bought mine off ebay for $5 a piece

Lag Screws-mine are 2”


Oops Paint-I used glossy black



Tape Measure

Sawzall with metal blade, or a hand saw with metal blade

Skill Saw with a wood blade



Drill & Drill bit a little smaller than your lag screws

Finish Nailer, Nails & Compressor (or you can use ‘brad’ nails & a hammer)

Stud finder

My wood was pretty damaged in several areas. I determined that I had enough to make a 30” x 34” coat rack. I marked the pieces that I wanted and drew a ‘cut’ line using my square.

Using my skill saw, I cut those suckers down and then double checked for accuracy. I always double check myself. My accuracy tends to be unreliable. I guess you could call me ‘reliably unreliable’.

Find your studs by using a ‘stud finder’ or tapping a hammer lightly against the wall. Starting with your top board, make sure it’s level it before finish nailing it straight to the wall, hitting the studs. Continue using your finish nailer to tack the rest of the boards into place. I painted my ‘L’ shaped trim black and cut the ends to fit at a 45 degree angle. Frame in the wood paneling with your trim, finish nailing it around all four sides.

Unless your deer hooves already have a screw mounted in them, clamp the heads of your lag screws with a table vice and use a metal bladed sawzall or hand saw to cut the heads off of the screws. I give you permission to say, “Off with their heads!” loud enough to wake the neighbors.

Insert your headless lag screw into your deer hoof and fill that sucker with epoxy. Don’t be stingy. I used an entire package of epoxy on my five hooves. It got a little crazy around here.

Let the hooves dry for a day or more.

Using your level, mark where you would like your hooves to be attached on the wood paneling. Drill pilot holes into your wood paneling.

Now comes the fun part! Screw your deer hooves into the paneling and stand back to see your creation.

What a great bohemian/modern/traditional coat rack you have! You should be proud of your diversity.
Come and visit me, Rebekah, at to see more of my Arts & Crap projects!

Thanks Finding Fabulous for having me today!

Thank you Rebekah for sharing this unique coat rack!  And yes "bohemian" is a great way to describe this baby...truly a one of a kind creation!  You've got to visit Rebekah at Potholes & Pantyhose if your looking for more unique and fun design ideas.  You'll love her...the girl is a riot!

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  1. Gross... I think I'd rather be homeless than have this disgusting thing in my house. Deer's feet?!?! Ewww... I know this is a guest blogger but this makes me want to unsubscribe.

    Are you approving your guest blogger's post?!?

  2. Jenny, I'm so sorry you're offended by Rebekah's coat rack! I have to agree it isn't for everyone. However, that's what I like about Rebekah...she's out there, and makes you think differently about design. Would I put this coat rack in my! But I think Rebekah is fabulous...go check out her blog, you'll find the unexpected...she's different and not afraid to be creative and express herself!

  3. Jenny-
    I am really sorry that you don't like my deer hooves! It's kind've a modern thing right now to be using deer hooves, heads and antlers in home decor. It's pretty normal where I come from (Oklahoma) to be a hunter, and although I'm not, I am used to seeing deer hooves and heads everywhere. I am so sorry if this offended you. I just thought it was a modern take on something that would otherwise be thrown away.

  4. One of the most fantastic things about blogging is that it gives us an opportunity to creatively express ourselves. Negative opinions are hurtful and unnecessary. Jenny, I would love for you to read my post on blogging etiquette. Pay special attention to #4 and #5.

  5. Well, said, Beth. Blogging is great b/c people can express themselves creatively and others can offer kind, constructive feedback.

    I realize that some new bloggers might not be well versed on blogging etiquette, but even my preschooler knows how to address people kindly.

    I'm not into "animal decor," but I can appreciate the time and effort the blogger spent; not only on her creation, but also writing up her post and taking the time to send it in to Jane.

  6. This would be a fabulous project for a cabin! Very creative. If we ever build our dream home, I could definitely see something like this going in our mudroom ;)

  7. I agree Tammy...this would be perfect in a log cabin!!


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