I love my house, but being a Florida girl at heart, I’ve never had to think about having a dedicated coat area for guests. So, when my husband and I purchased our home it didn’t bother me one bit that there was no real foyer. We do have a coat closet, but it’s small and not really close to the front door. So while we do have a decent amount of space at the front of the house, it’s not very well organized. It can be frustrating when guests come over, or even when we’re trying to organize mail and what not.
While I was perusing Home Goods last week I found this amazing wall unit that I just knew would be perfect for sorting mail and storing keys. Once I hung it on the wall I realized it was a bit wonky … but I think it adds some character. And it is otherwise perfect for the space! But, I couldn’t help feeling that the wall still seemed really incomplete. Plus, this only took care of half of my entry organization issues.
That’s when I remembered about the lumber yard accumulating in my garage. I found several pieces of cedar fence planks that I used to make a holiday sign for my mantel. They were the perfect height and width for this project, and I love how similar they look to pallet wood. The wood was originally too light so I lightly stained it.
Once the wood was dry my husband helped me hang it on the wall using black screws we found laying around the garage. I wanted to leave them exposed to lend itself even more to a “pallet” look. Then we screwed in some hooks I picked up at Target. I got two coat/hat hooks and two robe hooks – perfect for two adults and two children! And that was it … super simple but cute, rustic, and useful! I also added two more of these next to the coat closet because we have a tendency to invite a lot of people over at once, so we usually need quite a bit of coat storage.
It might be silly to say that these small transformations have “changed my life,” but they have made a huge difference so far in keeping the house a bit more tidy. My husband now hangs his hats and hoodies up instead of throwing them over the dining chairs, and my 4-year-old loves to keep his backpack and hats hung up. It’s so nice to not have clothes all over the downstairs and mail strewn on the kitchen counters!