Yep … it’s Friday again. Which means yesterday was Thursday and also the day that I was supposed to show you our progress on the Entryway Makeover we’re doing as part of the One Room Challenge (put on by Linda at Calling It Home) this season!
But, better late than never, right?!?
You know when you have those days (or series of days) that you just feel like a mess. Like you’re just spinning in circles (literally) and going from putting out one fire to the next. Without so much as a shower, lunch, or even really time to form a cohesive thought. Well … that was my Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. I exemplified the image of a hot mess mama. Don’t get me wrong … I’m not complaining because there was a lot of fun stuff going on in there (amongst the doctor visits, dog puke, and mosh pits … and I’m serious on that last one), but it’s been a whirlwind of a week. Which is why this post is a day late. And also why we have our work cut out for us to pull the Entryway together by next Thursday … One Room Challenge Reveal Day! Who is coming to help us finish our built in bench this weekend???
Today, I’m going to show you my favorite project so far for this space … our DIY Custom Coat Rack:
This all started because we were looking for a fun and unique way to add some character to this large (recently WHITE) wall behind the door. Our entryway is very narrow (maybe someday we’ll knock down this wall to open it up … after we save this awesome coat hanger). If you’ve been reading View From The Fridge for a bit, you’ve probably heard me complain about our odd ‘fake’ walls in our home. Well this is one of them. The main living space of our home was built in the 1860’s and over the course of 150+ years, there have been numerous additions, renovations … and odd walls added to the space. Because this wall has some odd paneling (rather than sheetrock) and studs that are oddly (and sparsely) spaced, it made hanging things challenging. Especially things that needed to be able to hold a bit of weight (like hooks for coats, bags, etc). Our original idea was to fill the wall with all kinds of funky and unique hooks … secured right onto the wall. We quickly realized that the odd paneling and lack of studs was going to make that too difficult, so we went with plan B …. the hooks secured to a board, which was then securely fastened to the wall at the studs.
And I think I just might like how plan B turned out better!!
Making this was super easy (almost too easy for a tutorial, but here it is anyway)!
- 1″ x 10″ x 6′ pine board (ours came from Lowe’s)
- Wood Stain – we used Varathane Stain + Poly in one in Kona
- Hooks! from anywhere you like … think thrift stores, yard sales, salvage yards, etc. Or Anthropologie (we took the easy way out, but it was definitely more expensive). Here is where we got each of these:
- Flying gold pig: Purchased at Michael’s, the spray painted gold.
- Large black/white striped hook: Anthro
- Wood/Gold knob: Anthro
- Aqua hook: Anthro
- Mustache guy: One Kings Lane several years ago (sorry, I can’t find the original link!)
- Gold Marine Hook: Anthro
- Yellow iron hook: Anthro
- White knob: Target … part of the Young House Love collection that was there last Fall.
- Double threaded ‘Dowel’ screws to attach the knobs to the board (my mom actually picked these up from the local hardware store). Just ask … they’ll know what you’re talking about.
- Sand and stain your board. I ended up doing 3 coats, but you could probably get away with 2. Also … can I tell you how much I’m loving this stain?!?
- Take a minute to plan out your hook arrangement on the board before putting it onto wall:
- Secure board to wall at studs with wood screws (and plan to cover the screws with hooks!):
- Begin attaching your hooks! Start with the hooks that will cover the screws holding the board to the wall. Trace where you’ll need the screws to attach the hooks, drill small pilot holes, then hang those hooks!
- For the hooks that are intended for dresser knobs, use the double ended dowel screws. Start by drilling a pilot hole in the board. Then, attach one side of the screw to the knob. Then screw the entire knob right into the board!
- That’s it! So simple! Now just add your coats and bags:
Simple, fun, and PRACTICAL! And perfect addition to our wall!
Now for the rest of the space … T minus 6 days. Any bets on if we’ll pull it off?? #tryingtothinkpositive
You can check out the rest of the progress on the entryway below:
Happy Friday, and Happy Weekend!! I hope you have time to enjoy the weather this weekend! And … if you’re in the mood for more makeovers as a part of this Spring One Room Challenge, head over to Calling It Home today and check out some other amazing spaces that are coming together! Thanks for dropping by today!