The Shabby Insulator Coat Rack


Do you remember way back when I made that insulator coat rack for my summer back porch?


Well, as I’m waiting to get into a “new” fixer-upper, I’m working on some projects to sell and I thought I’d give these insulator coat racks a try.


I started with basic insulators and some old wooden baseboards I had in the rafters of my work room.


I measured a wooden dowel to fit in each individual insulator. Then I drilled a hole into the dowel and secured it with a screw through the baseboard. For the shabby coat rack, I painted the dowels white and for the heavy insulators, I also used a washer underneath the screw head to help distribute the weight.

coat-rack-4-resized Lastly, I put a large amount of Liquid Nails in the insulator bottom and around the top and stuck the dowel down into the insulator. I left it upside down to dry.


To get the shabby, distressed look on the baseboard, I used crackle medium over the wood baseboard, and then painted white latex paint over the top. I didn’t wait until it was completely dry before scraping it with a putty knife. Then I sanded it a little and added some clear wax mixed with a little stain.

insulator-coat-rack-3-resiz I like that this is neutral enough to fit with any decor. I think the clear and aqua glass insulators are so pretty.


Makes for an interesting piece!


I started an Etsy shop and put both insulators in there, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m currently working on another type of coat rack. Strange, I guess things go in waves. Coat racks and chalkboard doors (I found “old door heaven” the other day) are all I’ve worked on the past two weeks.

Hope you all had a great weekend!



  1. This is wonderful! Did you already join the etsy linky party at Common gournds?

    Have a great week!

  2. I love this! I will have to try your technique that you did with the paint, it turned out great. I wish we lived closer we could split a booth 😉

    • Ya, I started doing that on a mirror frame when I live in HI. It accidently happened because I was too impatient. LOL I’ve been using it ever since.

  3. Katie, this is fabulous! Sooooo creative! And I love the way it continues the beautiful color of your door 🙂

  4. This is the best idea I’ve seen yet for all those old insulators! Great job, honey!

  5. Definitely a very creative idea. Looks great and love the look of it! Congrats on opening your Etsy shop

  6. Love this idea! I saw your green one ages ago and have been looking for insulators ever since and now of course I can’t seem to find any 🙂

    Great blog, I found you though A Bowl Full of Lemons and I’m now following you.


    • Thanks Julie! So glad you came by! I have seen insulators at antique shops, and a few here and there at yard sales. Hopefully you’ll come across some 🙂

  7. Great project!

  8. This is awesome! I’ve never seen insulators before. Great idea!

  9. This is IMPRESSIVE. What a unexpected, unique and original idea for a coat rake. I love it. Congratulations on the start of your Esty shop. May these coat racks fly off the shelves 🙂

  10. I LOVE this! and I have some insulators too….so happy!

  11. That is a really glamorous yet simple look for a coat rack. I love it. Nice work. Stopping by from I Gotta Create.

  12. I love this! Just started following you today. I love insulators~my dad collected them when I was a kid. I’ve been trying to think of what cool things I could do with them and I love this!!!

  13. That’s fantastic! I love the look of it and the colors you used! Great project! Pinned!

  14. Very cool! Smart idea.
    Have a great weekend!


  15. This is just a great idea. I have so many of those insulators that I keep thinking one day I will do something with. Now I know what I am going to do. Thanks for the idea.
    I started to follow you.

  16. This is really cute idea- love the look of the clear insulators. Saw your link at Primp and came over to see just how stinkin’ adorable the idea was! 🙂 Sue

  17. I really love that! It’s on my project list!

  18. I love the sculptural look.

  19. Just gorgeous, Katie! Your pictures are just beautiful, too! Happy Heart Day!

    Take care,


  20. Amazing diy craft…I love distress crafts!

  21. This is absolutely awesome ~ when I was growing up my father saved everything in his garage ~ what I wouldn’t do now for some of that stuff ~ your creations are so inspiring and a great way to use things in unexpected ways.

    I saw this over at Monday Funday and would love to have you link this up (or any other posts) at Project Inspire{d}.

    ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  22. Love all of that vintage charm, Katie! Great job!

  23. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #62!


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