DIY projects, DIY Projects & Decor

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

Hello again! The project I’m sharing with you today is a simple one, but one that turned out pretty cool.

I started with scrap wood of different sizes and arranged them in a random order.

Next, I gathered different shades of wood stain and went to work staining each piece of wood a different color.

Once the stains dried, I used my Kreg drill and wood glue to attach the wood pieces together.

I added a “Welcome” plaque and metal hooks I also had stashed away.

DIY Wood Coat Rack

There you have it. A one of a kind coat rack for your entryway. I made another one similar to this and they are now in my booth at the Antique Mall.

DIY Wood Coat Rack

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

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DIY Projects & Decor

Personalized Entryway Organization

A year and a half ago, I created this entryway organization at the back door in an attempt to have some sort of organization and control over coats and backpacks. This organization worked sometimes. Sometimes not so much. But now the wall has everyone’s initials attached to their designated space, so I am positive this personalized touch will have everyone hanging up their coats with a great big smile on their face.  Right?  Or not.

But at least it looks cute. 😉

entryway organization
Some coats are hanging here, others are everywhere else.
entryway organization initials
Found these metal initials at Hobby Lobby. I got them 1/2 off that price!
entryway organization initials
I attached the letters to the wall with Loctite Power Grab for Molding and Paneling. (Had some left over from a project I’m excitedly working on!)
Entryway organization Initials closeup
Cute, huh?
Enteryway organization Initials after
You’d hang your coats here right? Could you please tell my kids?

DIY Projects & Decor

Entryway Curtains Revealed

Entryway Curtains Revealed

About a month ago I did a post on Entryway Ideas.  I was looking for ideas and inspirations to update my empty foyer.  And I asked you to give me your opinions on the pictures I found.

The majority of you loved the idea of using drapes at the front door.  It was a look I never would have thought of had I not seen a picture on Pinterest.  I loved it too!

Entryway Curtains
Houzz via Pinterest

I picked up a set of drapes at Ikea.  Ikea sells curtains/drapes at crazy, ridiculous, cheap prices.  And they come in a package of TWO!  A pair!  You don’t have to buy two packages to cover one window.  They come long and unhemmed so you can customize the length to fit your window.  It’s brilliant!  These look like linen and were only $20.00!

Entryway Curtains
The “Welcome” wall art came from Hobby Lobby. $14.00 with a coupon.
Entryway Curtains
I bought the rod at HomeGoods for $14.99. The knobs holding back the curtains were $2.00 at Hobby Lobby.
Entryway Curtains
Entryway is complete. The console table is a DIY creation. More on that soon. 😉

What do you think?  Something you might try?

Inspire Me

Entryway Ideas

Because I’m me, I am always changing something in my house.  (It’s a sickness, I think.)  My current obsession is doing something with my front door entryway.  It has had two different benches, two different tables and now it’s currently empty.  Why you ask?  Because the first bench I bought quickly lost my interest.  The second bench I made, but I have since put it outside on my front porch.  The first table I had, I traded it for a friend’s table, which I then refinished.  It looked lovely in the entryway, but it was still not quite the look I wanted.   Now that table is living in the nook of the den’s window.  It’s happy there, I think.

I can hardly keep up with myself, so I apologize if your head is spinning.  My Hubby can’t keep up with me either.  His only hope is that the couch is still where he left it in the morning so he knows where to sit down when he comes home in the evening.  So far, he hasn’t landed on the floor. 😉

Anyhoo, now the entryway is completely devoid of anything except two screws in the wall.  Not very inviting.   Check it out…

My Sad, Sad Entryway!

I did what any obsessed girl would do… I scoured Pinterest and the internet for some ideas and inspirations.  Check out what I have found.  See anything that may look fabulous in your house??

After seeing the picture of my desolate entryway and viewing the pictures below, feel free to offer your suggestions!  Please?  Pretty Please?  😀

Beautiful tile work at the door elevates the space. (marthastewart.com)
I like this one because it’s simple. I have oodles of “builders” bathroom mirror I took down and stored away. Awful looking things they are! But I could get some chunky wood, beat the heck out of it, stain it and make a custom framed mirror that looks similar to this one. 🙂
This one is lovely. Makes me want to stain my railings! I like the wainscoting/board and batting on the wall.
I never thought to hang curtains on the front door! I like it. Maybe just some simple white ones. It makes the entryway look cozy.
Pinned Image
Board and Batting. I love it! I have a two-story entryway though. Not sure how high I should go with it.
Pinned Image
More curtains! It just looks sweet! And those dark railings again. Is it a sign? My next project I wonder? 😉  I adore the horizontal wood planked walls too.
Now this I love!! Look at the cool wood on the wall! Not quite the style of my house, but I might have to find a wall somewhere and do this. LOVE!
narrow hallway mirror
Fancier than my house, but again, just a simple mirror may just do the trick.
Pinned Image
This looks inviting with the long narrow table and the collage of framed pictures on the wall. Beautiful.

Well, that’s it folks.  Opinions are welcome!  What is your favorite?

DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Entryway Wall – Completed!

I finally have the entryway wall complete!  It moved along pretty well after I got over my fear of putting the first hole in the newly painted, unscuffed wall.  In fact, I was so over my fear I just started nailing away without a clear plan on what I was going to do! Ha!  Fortunately (for me!) it all worked out and looks pretty good.

The first thing I did was decided on the height of the board that will hold the hooks.  Can’t be knocking out family members who aren’t watching where they are walking. : )  The board is secured to the wall with anchors and screws… counter sunk, or course, because I love that drill bit!

Next, I added the lattice board to the wall.  I divided the wall into four vertical sections, so we all have our own space.  The math on that took me forever!  ha!

The shelf on top gave me a little grief.  I glued and screwed a piece of wood to the top of the first board I put up, but it would not stay at a ninety degree angle.  It could be that I was too impatient to support the shelf properly and wait for the glue to dry.  I’ll try that next time!  I had a couple of metal hooks with birds on them.  They were perfect to use as supports for the shelf.

Next came primer and paint.  I put a coat of primer on everything and then added two coats of white semi-gloss paint.  Everything always looks so good with white paint!  I also trimmed out the edges of the shelf with moulding to make it looked more finished.  I love trim and moulding!  It can hide a multitude of errors while making your work look more finished and put together.  Love That!

I bought this top piece at an antique/salvage yard.  I’m not sure what it was in its prior life, but I liked it and for $8.00 if it didn’t work out, I’m not out a lot of money.  I didn’t really care for the color, so I sanded it down to the bare wood and stained it in an ebony stain.

I bought blue glass knob at Anthropology to finish out the holders/hooks.  They look lovely against the white paint and the dark metal bird hooks.  My daughter has already claimed a bird hook and now wants me to put her name on it so no one else uses it. : )

TaDa!  The finished entryway wall!  (I wish I could take a better picture of it.  I have a wall in the way so I can’t stand right in front of it.  So you are getting angle shots.)