We decided to use it as a coat rack for a spot by our front door instead. We found some bronze hooks to replace the smaller cup hooks. The only problem was the chipping paint. Although we loved the look, it continued to chip off, so Steve sealed it before he added the new hooks.
This gave an even more aged look to the paint and made it easy to dust.
It was a very thoughtful gift that we'll be pleased to use for many years to come!
All is well in the Keweenaw.