Here’s our new entryway! At least what it looks like right now.
The pictures on the left is as you look in from our garage. The pictures on the right are what you see what you enter the front door.
Now, I’m not quite finished with it. I still want to:
- Find “official” shoe baskets…preferably ones that attach to the wall rather than freestanding bins, but are still easy to clean as they WILL get dirty from snow and muddy shoes. At our last place, I found wire-covered-in-vinyl refrigerator baskets for $15 (or less) at Walmart. (Kind of like these ones.) Then I just used eye hooks to attach them to the wall. They were perfect because they were pretty cheap, not moveable, but could still be “detached” and cleaned in a kitchen sink. I’ll probably try to go that route again.
- Paint the “doorbell box”. Probably the color of the wall, just to help it blend in better.
- Hang pictures or some other kind of artwork above the ‘board & batten’.
But I’m calling it “good enough for now”!
It’s similar in style to what I did at our previous house (posted about here), although I never did post the final look where I had added coat hooks & shoe storage, but you get the idea.
What I like about it:
- Simple to do! (Especially if you can borrow a miter saw from your sister and you’ve been given a nail gun from your in-laws).
- It’s white! I’m still itching to go white with my woodwork and this is a good place to start.
- The coat hooks came from Amazon and were cheaper than Lowes. And free shipping with Prime!
- It can hold a lot of coats — come on over guests!
I do wish I had gone just a tad lower on the lowest coat hooks as my 2 year old has trouble reaching, but he can do it. I just thought I had gone low enough, but must’ve messed up my measurements some where. Long term, though, it’ll be great!
I pretty much followed the same process as before, using 1x3s and 1x6s. It’s also very similar to Casa de Lewis’s blog, but I didn’t do a shelf on top. I had debated about doing just one of the walls, but since this was a corner, I thought that would look funny. So I ended up doing both and I don’t regret that at all!
- Paint your boards at least a first coat in the garage.
- When ready to hang, put your youngest in a high chair to watch from a safe distance.
- Measure, cut and hang your “horizontal” boards.
- Measure, cut and hang your “vertical” boards.
- Paint the back wall and your boards a final coat.
- Caulk & fill any holes.
- Hang your coat hooks.
- Let your 2 year old show you how it works!
- 1 hour (ish?) to buy the lumber, lay it out in the garage and paint it a couple of times. Just used a small roller and did light coats.
- 1 hour to measure, cut & hang the wood on the wall. Jeff did most of this while I played defense against the kids.
- 1 hour to paint the boards & back walls after it was all hung. The painting probably went faster than usual since I was also painting a bedroom in the same white color. So I already had the supplies out and that made it simple to just whip on another coat. Probably did 2-3 coats total with the same little roller & a paintbrush. (Although I had to do most of this painting while the boys were in bed.)
- 1 hour to caulk holes & hang the coat hooks. Don’t forget to do pilot holes!
- 4 hours (give or take)
- $35 in lumber. Would’ve been less, but I bought a couple of extra 1x3s and 1 extra 1x6s since I didn’t measure carefully. But that only cost me like $6-7 extra.
- $20 in paint. I probably used 1/2 of a gallon on this project, but, again, it’s hard to measure since I was also painting a bedroom at the same time with the same color.
- $30 in coat hooks. Straight from Amazon and $1.50-$2 cheaper than practically identical ones from Lowes.
- $10 in other things like finishing nails, caulk, paint rollers and the like. Like the paint, I had these all at home, but it still used something that cost something.
- $95 total…give or take.