Thursday, 26. May 2011
The above picture is the entry from the garage into my family room. The coat rack/storage unit was a gift from many years ago. It worked really well for our family when we had fewer kids and they were smaller. Now there are six of us. Three hooks just could no longer handle all of our coats jackets, backpacks, purses, hats, gloves, and shoes.
Back in November I added some hooks to this wall that is opposite (kinda, the room is quirky) the garage door. It helped but it still wasn’t enough. I needed a few more hooks plus I wanted a little better seating for putting on shoes.
One day I was in my favorite thrift shop and I spied this coffee table. I thought it would be perfect as an entryway bench. I sanded and painted it black. I upholstered it with some fabric I bought at Ikea last summer.
I bought the storage boxes at Target last November. I bought a bunch of them and have had them all over the house. I moved one from the floor under the hooks on the oppisite wall and swapped these out from the other rooms. I have the kids throw their shoes, hats and gloves in there And I have the full story on the pillows in my post from earlier this week (click here).
I found this great shelf/coat rack at Hobby Lobby. I picked it up when they had it marked down 50%. I have had it for awhile so I don’t remember what exactly I paid for it. I think with the 50% off, it was somewhere around $30. I didn’t want to put pictures of the kids in the frames to indicate where they should hang their stuff because I have a gallery wall of their pictures just to the left of the garage door. I just used some scrap book paper I had on hand and stenciled numbers on the paper. I have had the “Family” sign for years. It was on my living room mantel until I redid that mantel. It has been sitting in my storage room waiting to find a new home.
Here is a closeup of the little black and white birdie/picture holder. I got this at (where else) Hobby Lobby for $5. I put this picture of the kids in it for now. I still want to get a family portrait (been saying that for 3 years now).
Well, here is a picture of the final project. All in all, the project came in around $56. So far it has been working beautifully. It is going to be looking clean and organised for the near future as the kids only have a couple more weeks of school left and the weather has finally decided to cooperate and decide it’s summer and not very early Spring. Now everyone has only one jacket to hang up, not a coat and a jacket. Hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!