I've had my eye on our big pile of pallets out in the shop building, and showed Handy Husband a few pictures for ideas. Today, he made these wonderful coat racks for me. It turned out to be a super easy job, and pretty cheap too. I think altogether we spent less than $5 per piece: that includes the price of stain, hooks and sandpaper. Not bad at all!
As far as the steps, it was pretty simple. We cut a large section off the end of a pallet, nailed an old piece of 1x6 on the "top" for a shelf, then sanded and stained the whole thing. After it dried we attached the hooks and voila!