As most my projects start, there is an idea:
This sketch of a tree was my guide for making my version of the Swedese coat rack. this is a coatrack cut out of a piece of wood, mounted a few inches off the wall. you can hang your jackets or purses off the branches, and have an art piece when there is nothing on it. The Swedese racks only came in a few solid colors which seemed too vanilla – I had the idea to take these coat racks and paint them two-toned, grey on the front face and a bright contrasting color for the edge and back.
The radial lines coming from the sketch are my way of taking a small sketch and scaling it up to fit reasonably onto a 4×8 foot sheet of plywood. After laying down the sketch, I used a jigsaw to start cutting:
instead of taking you step by step in a boring, non-interesting paragraph, why don’t I summarize:
This time lapse video was taken throughout most of the process – I omitted some painting because it would be repetitive, and I may have some frames missing because I didn’t realize my camera ran out of battery. But you can see that the jigsawing a prepping of the trees was pretty quick, and that it is the priming and painting which takes the longest time to do. I particularly like the frames that have the sun setting, and you can see the shadows getting longer as time went on.
Overall, the project took me two solid weeks to complete where I would do a little bit of work every night until it was done. I think in total, it took about 20 hours of working time to be finished and installed. This slate grey/marigold pair was a birthday gift for my cousin, to be the main coatracks in her apartment:
I want to make a mini forest for my place – total of 5 trees with some cut out stars and a crescent moon – all mounted just off the wall and maybe even backlit for some dramatic effect.