Monday, January 16, 2012

The New and Improved Entryway

Our entryway is fairly snug...about 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 feet.
This year I am focusing on making what we have work to the fullest!
So, I needed my cozy entryway area to function a little differently.

I had a small mirror with a few hooks on the wall, and it just wasn't enough space to hold all of the jackets, bags, and hats that accumulate there.
Not to mention gloves, scarves, and boots!
I had a wood crate and attached casters to the bottom to store all of our winter attire in.
You can read about it here.

Most of our muddy shoes and boots stay out on a shelf on the front porch.
This helps eliminate too much clutter and keeps some of the dirt outside:).
The little rolling crate stays tucked under a wood bench that is a great spot to sit and put shoes on.

I went to the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and bought molding and small strips of wood for the batten board look. After checking out good sized hooks at the hardware store, I decided that they were a little expensive. I wanted generous hooks that were able to hold a couple of coats, if need be.
At the Re-Store, I found these...

handrail brackets!

Who would have thought?
They were 75 cents a piece, and only about $1.30 they are a cheaper alternative either way!

I painted the half-wall Dutch Boy's "Whirling Wind." It's perfect, and if you know our area, you know we are famous for the wind!
Total cost for the whole remodel... about $25. Can't beat that!

My little entryway is working so much better!
We have plenty of space for coats and other outerwear and even room to sit and get dressed. 
The kids love it and I do too because coats are not slung on the floor as they come inside:).

How about you?
Are you working on any home improvement projects?

Have a lovely, warm, slow, and simple kind of day.
I am:).


PS: Don't forget to pop on over and enter to win some fabulous natural goat milk lotions and soaps at Anderson Family Farm!! Their products are just amazing:)!

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Anne Marie said...

perfect! looks so great...

and yes...too much to list

Unknown said...

Very nice! My mud room where most of our traffic comes through, is in process and very similar (you have excellent taste! LOL!) I have the bead board up but need to paint it, and I have the big hooks, too. One large wall needs the beadboard up and then all of it needs to be trimmed out. Hanging the blackboard I have for messages is last. All I need after that is to find a bench or something. This project has gone on waaaaaaay too long, so I'm thinking we need to get it done in the next couple of weeks. I hope!

Unknown said...

I just realized, my wall color is identical!! We must be kindred spirits!

Gumbo Lily said...

It looks so nice and neat and practical. Gotta have practical when you have a family with so many coats, boots, hats, scarves & gloves this time of year. Good job!

Keep Home Simple said...

Oh Julia, I love how resourceful you were with this whole project! It looks amazing!

Cheech said...

Way to go Ju! It looks great! Can't wait to see it in person!


Miss Riya said...

I just discovered your blog. I will be visiting often. It reminds me of my best friends blog.

I noticed that you recently posted about doing something new for "Twelfth Night". I too posted about that, but it wasn't a king cake.I live near New Orleans so king cakes abound.

It is so funny, I don't usually stray away from blogs of personal friends, but the last blog that I wondered on to is written by a woman from your state. We have since become friends. The Web is such an amazing/scary tool.

Well any way...I didn't mean to hijack your blog.

Blessings to you & your family in the coming year.


I love your new entryway (can I call it mudroom?? I love that word so much!!).
Funny we have had the very same idea for the wooden crate (well, mine hasn't got wheels...) can look at my entryway here:

And many projects going on.... indeed my mudroom as changed again since that!!

It is always a pleasure to come here!


Anonymous said...

Love it! :)

Amanda said...

I'm always looking for ways to change things up.
I meant to comment on your spiffy wood crates!
I love them.

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Great job, Julia and very creative - once again.

As before, I'm totally loving the rolling crate idea.

You're the best!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

This looks great! And awesome find on the hooks!

Angela said...

It looks great! I have beadboard halfway up the wall in my kitchen (it also serves as the backsplash) and the main bath and am thinking about adding it to my back hallway. There are 7 of us and my walls take some abuse:)

Unknown said...

Now line up some rubber boots (with mud) for 60 toes and your Mud room is ready for a country living magazine.
It looks great.
We don't have a mud room. We need one though.
I always have a ton of coats and muddy shoes in my one and only hallway.
Love your entry.

Sweet week!
Hope you will come and visit me at my new blog.
I still miss you there.

Tonya Gunn said...

Your hallway looks wonderful. I especially like the rustic bench.

Christi said...

It looks so nice! I love those hooks and how you made the batten board! You are so clever.

Have a great weekend!

Cailan said...

It turned out so lovely, Julia - and at what a price! I am impressed. Love all the pretty details - that bag!

Unknown said...

Your mudroom is functional and pretty. Love the use of the railing brackets for hooks. Thanks also for the mason jar tutorial. I'm now following along.

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