As far as function, I knew it had to be close to the front door, I wanted there to be a coat rack with
hooks and a bench to anchor the space with a basket to catch the small things in. As far as aesthetics, I wanted it to look like it was a part of the open living/dining space, which meant it needed to be colorful.
I decided to use the landing space at the base of our stairs and to create a space not only to function as a coat closet but also as a spot for gathering those things that need to go upstairs (because nobody every takes anything up unless they're going up for something else and even then they can conveniently walk right by them, but that's a whole other post for another time).
The first coat rack I found at Walmart was cute but once I hung it I knew the scale was just too small for the space. Before I ran out to purchase a larger one, I decided to try making my own using scrap lumber that my husband has stacked in the garage.
(first attempt - too small coat rack and unpainted bench)
As luck would have it I found all the plywood already cut in just the right sizes (I know, that never happens) so all it took was a little glue, a few nails, a couple of coats of paint and the hooks from the original coat rack that I disassembled.
If you look closely you can see the wooden base of the first coat rack used as the "home" portion of my heart and home photo gallery wall. Like any good hunter or DIYer no part of the animal goes wasted.
Once I was happy with the coat rack, I started gathering frames from around the house and had a marathon spray painting session, which also include giving the bench I "borrowed" from the upstairs bathroom a colorful orange coat of paint.
The space is only 3' x 3', so it's not a lot of room but by using a narrow bench and making use of vertical wall space, I was able to accomplish my goal. The end result is a colorful and useful spot in what was otherwise just dead space.
The lesson here is age old...where there's a will, there's away. Don't let the limitations of your space hold you back from creating a home that functions both in your head and in your heart. What is it that you wish you could add to your home? Now how can you creatively feel that need?
So happy to have this one finished. Next on the list? Creating a command station for gathering paperwork, calendars and everything else that we use daily in keeping us on track. I'll be posting a few inspiration photos soon.
A list of sources...
Chevron pillow super clearance at Target - 2 for $5.95
Spray paint Rust-Oleum American Accents x2 from Walmart -
Ampersand - Michaels
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