From Nothing to Something!

A Do-It-Yourself log cabin style coat rack – made from a pallet!


The Beginning!

Reusing old items is not always appealing, but re-purposing them can be very enjoyable and rewarding! I gathered some random materials around the office and home; a pallet, planters, random metals objects (hooks), and a few tools to create my very own cozy coat rack.

There is no doubt about it, pallets are not the easiest to work with but after some demolition work, I began sanding away. To create an even greater rustic look I used an old bike chain and hammer to dent the wood more. Then, I used a damp cloth to clean off the excess dirt and wiped it down with Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash.

Rack in Progress

Making it Happen

Soon, I had a great product to begin staining. While letting the stain set in, I painted the little random objects to use as hooks and baskets. I gathered some nuts and bolts to tighten the pallet and attached the other materials (wood glue and clamps would have worked as well).

Once the rack was dry, it was quite dull so I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative to moisturize and shine my new coat rack and old pallet.

Job 1

The Finished Beauty!

If you want to start a project like this, make sure to look around your house you may be quite surprised at what you find! This fun project is a great way to spruce up your house while keeping those extra ‘things’ out of landfills.

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser.  Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado.  Thanks Amber!

A Note of Explanation

Prior to Friday morning October 5, 20102, a small group of about 700 people had liked our Clean Screen Facebook page for many months. In an effort to consolidate our brand pages, we offered to send those existing Clean Screen fans a free product if they moved or “liked” our parent company page. Within minutes, the offer was misread, posted and shared many times over.  The post was removed two hours later and we tried to end the misunderstanding by posting a brief explanation.

On Friday afternoon, a thread of angry and unfair comments began. These comments do not reflect our company or how we do business so the decision was made to stop the conversation.

It was not our intention to confuse or mislead anyone.  It was not a marketing or PR tactic.  It was simply a mistake. Companies are made up of people and sometimes people make mistakes. For months, there was little or no activity on the Clean Screen page. We could not have anticipated the series of events that took place on Friday. We apologize to anyone that feels they were misdirected or misled.

We are a small, very proud American manufacturer.   We have been in business for 61 years and have a close knit group of about 60 employees.  Our President and CEO is the grandson of the founder and has worked for the company since he was a teenager. We have been manufacturing at the same location for 40 years and many of our employees have worked for the company for more than 30 years.  Very few companies have this kind of loyalty and longevity. It is possible only because we really are a fair and honest company.

So this is what you can expect from us as we go forward. We will not use your email information to market to you or share it with anyone else.  We will try to correct this mishap as fairly as possible. It is a large task and will take some time.  We will resume an open dialogue in the coming days because hearing from our consumers is important to us.  We want to learn from this and intend to use the experience to be a better company.  When business resumes on Monday morning, we will do the same thing we have done every Monday morning for more than 60 years.  We will do our very best.