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Personalized Entryway Organization

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A year and a half ago, I created this entryway at the back door in an attempt to have some sort of organization and control over coats and backpacks. It works 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. 😉

before initials2

Some coats are hanging here, others are everywhere else.

closeup initial

Found these metal initials at Hobby Lobby. I got them 1/2 off that price!

Initial glued and taped

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!)

Initials closeup

Cute, huh?

Initials after

You’d hang your coats here right? Could you please tell my kids?

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DIY Entryway Table

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Part of my entryway update was making a new entryway table.  Yes, I could have bought one quite easily, but what fun is that?  I had a piece of wood I picked up at Lowes, probably six months ago.  This past Monday, I went antiquing with my parents and picked up 7 spindly legs for $20.00.  Not too bad!  It was just what I was looking for.  So I went to work.

Before I begin, I just want to reiterate that I’m not an expert at wood working or building things.  I just want to do it, so I do.  I don’t follow rules (except wear safety glasses at all times and keep your hands away from sharp spinning blades!!!).  Maybe it’s not that I DON’T follow rules, I just believe there ARE NO rules when it comes to creativity.  If you think you can, you can!

1 ft x 4 ft knotty, butcher block looking wood from Lowes.

The first thing I did was stain the board.  I used MinWax Wood Finish in Expresso.  I stained the wood before I really knew what I was going to do with it.  It may be better to wait until you have your project assembled before you stain.

I picked up inexpensive base moulding at Lowes to use as trim around the raw edges of the table top.  Take a look at all the trims and mouldings home improvement stores have.  Just because the sign says this is a chair rail or this is a base board doesn’t mean that’s what they are ONLY for.  The possibilities are endless!

Look at that edge! Love it when cuts work out the first time. 😀  I used a miter saw but a miter box will work as well.  I glued the trim to the edges of the table, using blue tape to hold it in place. Once the glue was almost dry, I hammered in small brad nails for added support.

Here’s the tools and products I used.

If you are going to drill inside your house, I suggest putting a piece of scrap wood under the wood you are going to drill through. You don’t want to have to explain why there is a hole in your floor. 😉

Ok, So the rest of the construction happened in my entryway.  The garage was too hot.  While I love working with wood and tools, I don’t necessarily think one should have to sweat to create.  Just don’t tell my Hubby I used our front entryway as my workshop. 😉

For the size of the legs I was using, I measured 3/4 inch from the edge of the table to find the center where I needed to drill for the leg hole.

I drilled deep enough to just go through to the other side of the table top with the point of the circle drill bit. Then I flipped the table top over and used a countersink drill bit to drill a hole for the screw that would attach the leg to the table.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the table legs. The legs have a notch that fit into the holes I drilled under the table. I added glue to the hole, placed the leg in and then used a flat head screw in the countersunk (is that a word?) hole to attach the leg to the table.  Sorry I don’t have a picture of that.

The table is so lightweight that I didn’t need to add any extra support for the legs.  The glue and screws were all the legs needed to be sturdy.  But please don’t come over and sit on it.  I can not guarantee your bottom will remain on the table and not end up on the floor.  😉  Wood putty was used to fill the holes on the top of the table and once that was dry, I swiped a little stain over the holes.  I stained the trim around the table in the same finish as the top and the legs are painted with Anne Sloan paint.  The legs were sanded lightly for a worn look.

And here’s the finished table. I’m kind of diggin it! 😀

So with just four legs, one piece of wood and some moulding and you can have yourself a table!  What do you think?  I think if I can DIY, you can DIY!

Entryway BEFORE and AFTER

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Entryway Curtains Revealed

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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

Entryway Curtains

Southern Living 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?

Entryway Ideas

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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?

Entryway Wall – Completed!

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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.)

Entryway Ideas

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The interior of my house was just painted and now I’m reluctant to put anything back on the walls.  So not like me!  But the walls look so lovely without the scars of Laurie and her hammer and nails. When I took the pictures down for the painters, I think I actually felt the wind blowing through the holes I left behind.  I know my husband was shocked at all the nail holes in the walls. (But he didn’t say a word!)  Just for the record though, I am quite handy with spackle and paint, but if the holes don’t show after the next arrangement goes up, no one knows what’s under there but me. ; )

Anyway, I would like to do something with the garage door entryway.  It’s the door everyone uses to come in and it’s also the hallway to the laundry room.  I would like the wall to have hooks for book bags, umbrellas and keys plus storage for other things.  It’s too narrow for a bench, so I need to think vertical.  So that’s my next project and yeah for me… it’s in air conditioning!  Not that I’m a wimp or anything! : )

I found some pictures of entryways for some inspiration.

 

This is what my hallway looks currently!  Blah and boring and not very pretty.

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