Coat Racks made with old License Plates

I think maybe I live in a false reality.

Ok, let me rephrase that.  My brain lives in a perfect world, and it makes plans and lays them out with such good intentions.  Oh, wait...I guess it is not just my brain, it is me.

When I am making plans I forget to include little things, like...eating.  Eating is overrated.  Right?  Wrong.  And people also think they need clothes...clean ones.  I can do that, just don't expect them to be folded.  Digging for that sock mate for 10 minutes when school starts in 5 builds character right?
*Just want to make sure you know the above was written in scarcasm. :) 

Then, there are all the other things life throws out, like kids needing is full of fun little surprises.  

I guess my point is, when you think you can bust out something in a weekend...say?...I don't know...a bedroom makeover for example, including making the bed.  That is a false reality!!!  At least in my case.

Phew, I am glad we cleared that up.  Making sense?  I SO want to share amazing awesome cool projects with you all the time.  I have about 5 years of work all planned out in my head, but with real life going on (which really is the most important thing, and my priority) I just can't physically keep up with all my great intentions.  It get excited, but then remember I have to pull it back and take it at the right pace, which is much slower than my brain would like. :)

So bear with Michelangelo paining the Sistine Chapel, someday I will make an end!  My bed is waiting patiently in the kitchen as we speak.

Sorry for that random thought...I needed to get it out, thanks for those of you that actually read it!

On to my project, Coat racks made with old License Plates...
Use up those old license plates and cupboard doors by turning them into cool coat racks!
Back in January I shared this post at My Repurposed Life and at the time I had not yet done my Hall Closet Makeover, so it was a huge life saver.
License plate coat racks hanging in kids room
I love them because they were super easy to make and they are being used daily in my home!  The license plates inspired several stories and explanations to my kids, and it was very enjoyable to take a trip down memory lane with them!

Please take a minute and check out my tutorial!  

Have a wonderful day!


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  1. This is so cute. My husband is military, and it'd be really neat to do this with license plates from all the places he's lived. Course, it'd be too big for a coat rack, but it's giving me an idea for his birthday present!

  2. Love this to pieces! It's perfect for my son's room. I need to find license plates! Thank you for sharing at Happiness is Homemade party, Mindi!

  3. I so need to make this!! I'm not kidding you when I say that the hubs and I have held on to our old plates and they have been just sitting in the laundry room!!! This coat hook is so cool Mindi!!! And the life and blog and project bit.....I so get that!! How long have I been working on my girls room! Ha! Over a year! Oh well one day like you said it will get done!! Happy day buddy!!! Nicole xo

  4. my oh my! You poor thing! forget to eat? me? never! LOL It's a good thing you're young! I sure hope you remember to take care of yourself.... (and the kids) hehehe
    Don't beat yourself up, did you see that it took me 5 years just to figure out what to do with that silly pediment?

    Seriously still LOVE this project.

    Hope your week is going great, get some rest.

  5. This is so cool. I love it. My brain is constantly going and I know I will never catch up. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. *hugs*

    Lady, I completely understand what you are saying. Yep, an "easy" project is usually not easy when real life happens; especially, with kids. It is what it is and I am sure your readers understand. I hope mine do. lol Mindi , I don't eat when I do projects, unless it is a super quick, no cooking snack. I do keep hydrated, though. Real life DIY blogging is NOT HGTV or other fancy decorating show. Trying to get projects done around family life, is not easy.

    Mindi, your analogy about Michelangelo is perfect! I have been telling H that I am the tortoise, and eventually I will cross the finish line. ;)

    I LOVE this coat rack! Very original! :D Is the coat rack still up in that location since you have done your coat closet? It would look cute in the boy's room.

    Looking forward to your bedroom reveal. We will be waiting patiently and cheering you on! :)

  7. Wow! I am in love with these! I have a stash of licence plates which are antiques that would be great for this little project :-)
    Thanks for linking up at the Talented Tuesday Link Party :-) It would be great if you joined us again this week!

  8. Those are awesome and so clever. I love the look of them in a front entrance area

  9. Perfect! I am going to do it!!

  10. Mindi, this is adorable! And your rant made me laugh! Eating is totally overrated :)
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk Abput!!

  11. Such a fun idea! Everything I do always takes longer than I think and I don't even have to deal with kids at home. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls


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