Personalized Nursery Clothing Rack

For Christmas, we got my daughter a toddler bed and a new bedding set – Disney Fairies.  Yes.  Full-on girly, right?  Totally my husband’s idea. ;)  Anyway, since the decor is changing, I’ve had to come up with some new ideas for her room.  I have been wanting to make her a little rack (for those adorable size 2T hoodies and hats) and when I saw some knobs that take a 1″ round insert at D. Lawless Hardware, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.

Personalized Nursery Rack

(Yes, we’ve got snow.  I’ve been trying for 3 days to get a good photo of how cute this rack is and it’s just not working out – you’ll have to take my word for it, it turned out awesome!)

Each of the four knobs spell out Raya’s name, and I added a Tinkerbell graphic to each tile.

Personalized Nursery Rack

There are SO many possibilities with these knobs – let me show you how I made this little rack!

First, I found an inexpensive unfinished wood rack.  It was the kind that had pegs glued in… and not very well.  But, it fit the bill for price, and I was planning to add more secure hardware anyway.  I removed the pegs, painted it white, and drilled holes in the peg holes to accommodate my hardware screws.

Personalized Nursery Rack

Now – let me show you how I made the knobs.  I used these knob bases and some 1″ glass tiles.  You will be able to find glass tiles on Etsy or at consumercrafts.com – I have quite a few in my stash because I use them for lots of different projects.

Personalized Nursery Rack

I painted the knobs white and added my graphics to my tiles.  This is a lot easier than it looks if you follow these tips.

First, I get the best results printing on the cheapest photo paper possible.  Regular paper doesn’t give as crisp an image, and the higher-quality paper tends to smudge.  I have the best luck with the photo paper from Dollar Tree, in all honesty!  Just cut your graphics to size, and add some Mod Podge to the top once the ink has about 10 minutes to dry.  Then, add your tile on.  Do not panic when it looks like this:

Personalized Nursery Rack

Just twist it around to get it well-coated, and then squeegee out the excess Mod Podge.  I have a plastic scraper I use, but a credit card or firm spatula would work well too.

Personalized Nursery Rack

Check the front side and make sure you got the bubbles out – if not, squeegee it again and squeeze them out.

Once the knobs were dry, I added the threaded inserts to them with a bit of Amazing E6000, and screwed them onto the rack.

Personalized Nursery Rack

Then, I added just a little bit more adhesive to the top (and really, any heavy-duty permanent adhesive will work fine) so I could glue the tiles on.

Personalized Nursery Rack

(A little goes a long way with the adhesive.  If you get too much, not only is it unnecessary  but it can bleed through your paper graphic.)

Then, I added the tile.  By doing this last, I didn’t have to worry whether my tile was screwed on exactly straight – though you can certainly add the tile before you mount it if it’s going on a cabinet or drawer!

Personalized Nursery Rack

(Then I fussed with it.  I painted it.  I sanded it.  I painted it again.  And painted over it.  And distressed it.  And still couldn’t quite get the accent color I was going for.  So finally, I just added a pair of sawtooth hangers to the back, and put it up in Raya’s room!)

Personalized Nursery Rack

A note – I wasn’t compensated for this post, though I did receive free product to craft with.  In fact, you can too!  If you like the knob, then be sure to check out the giveaway to D. Lawless Hardware going on all week!

Adrianne

Comments

  1. eva scott
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    Super adorable! I’m not handy with tools at all. I started to make one of these a while ago and my knobs went way past in the back like yours. What did you do to cut them flush with your board???

  2. Oh that turned out so cute!!!!
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  3. terry
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    Oh, this is so clever. I also love to hear warnings such as “don’t worry if it looks like this” because I would definitely be worrying, lol. REally nice.

  4. Oh my that came out so cute! And I love the fairy idea for the room. And I agree with Terry thanks for posting the pick showing how it will look at first, and thanks so much for sharing on We Made That!

  5. This is simply adorable! I love when functional meets beautiful!

  6. This is so adorable. I found your project near mine at Seven Alive.
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  7. What a cute idea.
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  8. This is a really good tutorial! I’m not confident in my ability to complete this project, but I am confident in YOUR explanation! Thank you! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!
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  9. Fantastic way to create own personalized clothing rack. It is very easy to build and will save some money for us. :)

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