“Everything you have ever dreamed of having is being held in trust for you until you are at the level in which you are ready to receive it. You have to rise. You have to become the kind of person who deserves the life you want.”
— Brianna Wiest
“He’d taken charge of so much during our relationship. He was twelve years older than me, so he made all the decisions: where to go, what to eat, what we were going to buy. He didn’t even like me working. So when he died my life was a mess, literally. I wasn’t quite a hoarder, but close. There was laundry everywhere. The couch was covered with worn shirts. You couldn’t even find a spoon on the table. I couldn’t stand it, so I left it all behind. I travelled for two years, living off the life insurance, running from misery. But I kept losing my passport. Over and over again. It infuriated me. And that’s how I finally became orderly. By getting so angry that I couldn’t take it anymore. I began with my luggage. I organized everything. I made a place for my papers and keys. Oh, it felt good. I loved it. I could finally relax. To be organized is to be at rest. You should see my home now! It’s immaculate. Everything has a place. All the clothes are put away. I actually use a catalogue to fold them so they’re all the same size. I love every little detail. Organizing has become my art. It’s how I express myself. In February I’m going to the butler academy. It’s a lottery ticket. It’s my dream job. I want to live in a beautiful house, together with a family, and take care of them. I want to take away all the chaos in their life. To order things. To arrange things. To be the one who always has the passports.” (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
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I love living in an old house (ours is close to 200 years old!). There’s lots of character that you just can’t find in newer homes. But there’s also a lot of quirks to deal with too, like slanted floors and sometimes very little closet space! And even though I try to do well with keeping my wardrobe and shoes to a minimum, a girl needs her space for clothes!! So for anyone else needing some extra room for clothes, we partnered with Rust-Oleum to create this simple, modern clothing rack.
We wanted to create something that was pretty enough to be on display in the room, that way if you don’t have a closet (or have a small one), this will give you space to hang clothes and not be an eyesore. The other nice thing about this clothing rack is that you can use both the front and back bars to hang clothes, so it’s got double the storage.
We used wood dowels and PVC side outlet elbows to create this clothing rack. Since we love the look of wood, we kept the dowels more natural and coated them with Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain (in Natural). We love that it’s one coat coverage and dries in one hour! They have a lot of colors to choose from, and we love that we can find the perfect wood stain for each project we do. We also did a topcoat of Varathane Polyurethane for extra protection and durability. And we sprayed the PVC with some Rust-Oleum Universal Matte Farmhouse Black Spray Paint. We love this spray paint, the can is so comfortable and easy to use – it sprays at any angle and has a really comfortable spray trigger. We also love that it’s a paint & primer in one, and can be used on any surface (metal, wood, plastic, glass, etc); we’ve used this on quite a few different projects! Materials:
– Using the mitre box, measure & cut dowels to size. We made our rack 62” tall, so we cut four 14” pieces to add to the 48” dowels. We cut four 13” pieces for the ends of the rack. Our rack was 48” long, so we didn’t need to cut any dowels for that (check to make sure your dowels are all the same length).
– Find and mark the center of one end of the 48” dowels used for the uprights. Use a 1/16” drill bit to drill a hole at that mark about an inch deep. Use a 3/16” drill bit to make the hole bigger, drill about 1 inch deep. Repeat these steps for the 3 other 48” pieces and the four 14” pieces. Screw a dowel screw about half way into the ends of the four 48” dowels, then screw the 14” pieces onto the other end of the dowel screw.
– Using a belt sander, sand the ends of the dowels down by spinning the dowel against the sander until they fit snugly into the PVC side outlet elbows.
– Sand the dowels using sand paper so that they will stain evenly, and to remove any imperfections.
– Stain dowels, following directions on can.
– Paint the pvc corner brackets with spray paint, following directions on can.
– Starting with your 13” dowel, put a bead of glue around the inside of the hole on the bracket and then insert into the bracket until it is fully seated. Repeat on other end, and then repeat with the 48” cross pieces. This will form the bottom of the clothing rack. Repeat to make the top of the rack. Glue and insert the long dowels into the remaining holes in bottom piece. Glue all 4 holes remaining in the top of the clothing rack, flip it over and slide it onto the ends of the long dowels, pressing firmly into place. Make sure everything is square and allow to dry.
Watch the video below to see how to make this clothing rack: