Getting hooks, a shelf, and a bench in place in this entryway has been on my to-do list for well over two years, and I am ecstatic to finally have it done! The entryway seems to be the drop zone/leave-all place that hadn’t been given any real thought as to where all the things that enter this house will get
dumped placed… until now. With the wall hooks up, jackets and scarves won’t land on the floor, reusable bags are in plain sight; with the bench in place, Olive’s backpack and endless stream of papers have a nice designated area to land. This kind of organization brings me to happy
Before I get into all the how-I-did-it details, here’s the end result:
I started by adhering the wall “decal” that I ordered from Urban Outfitters. I put decal in quotes because it really seemed more like wall paper, not the peel-and-stick image that comes to mind when you see the word decal. The mural was in four strips that you place in a tub of warm water, activating the sticky backing, before sticking it to the wall. But even though I found myself doing more work than I intended (this is diy after all) I am super pleased with the end result!
Next, I did some measuring and had the nice folks at Home Depot cut two pre-primed 1×2’s and one 1×3, along with a piece of raw pine, down to the length I needed. Then Olive and got busy painting:
The paint color we used is Behr’s “Bavarian Forest”.
Then I turned my focus onto getting the shelf ready to hang:
Next, using long finishing nails, I hammered the first 1×2 in place:
Then the overhead shelf went up:
Followed by the second 1×2:
With an xacto knife, I carefully sliced the small strip of overhang that was left, resulting in this:
Looking pretty good so far
Next on the agenda was to get the wall hooks painted, distressed and poly’d. I used stainless steel hooks from IKEA that I spray painted oil-rubbed-bronze; three iron hooks that I ordered separately from eBay, spray painted white, blue-green and yellow, followed by a coat of polyurethane; and one random hook that I bought from World Market left as-is:
While all the hooks were drying and curing up, I hammered the final 1×3 in place, caulked the seems, spackled over the nail holes to smooth everything out, and did the final paint touch-ups. I also added three thin coats of polyurethane to the pine shelf, allowing each coat to fully dry in between:
And that was pretty much it! The “bench” is actually a coffee table, but it serves us well until I find or make the perfect bench I’m looking for. I couldn’t be happier with the way the entryway feels so much more organized and uncluttered with this little addition
And of course, I can’t leave out the insperado behind this all. Here are a some of my favorite entryways that I have pinned on Pinterest (click here for even more entryway eye candy):