Ikea Tarva hack from the Crazy Craft Lady. Full tutorial for making a custom TV stand. - Thinking of doing this but with the 6 drawer Tarva instead of the 3 so it won't look so small on a big wall in our living room.
DIY wooden coat rack from a branch You end up with more professional and consistent results. The simplest shape for a novice is a rectangular or square one. Obviously, you've to remember to consider exactly what sort you're acquiring.