I’m excited to show you a really fun project that I did last week. We have a short wall that divides our front entry from our living room. For years I just hung a few pictures there and called it good. I’ve also wished for awhile that I had an easy solution for guest’s coats, since our coat closet is always packed, with rarely a spare hanger in sight. When I saw this great entry revamp on Young House Love I decided it would be a perfect way to add interest to our entry AND provide an easy place for guests to put their coats.
I spent a good hour or two at Lowe’s looking for interesting trim wood that didn’t cost a million bucks. Since I was hoping to complete this job without John needing to help me, I had the guys at Lowe’s cut the vertical boards for me to a 48 inch length. The vertical boards have pattern of straight narrow lines.
The board that I chose for the top edge has a curved profile similar to what you’ll see on lots of baseboards, but it was a wider version. I really liked the square corner medallions that I found. I think they add some nice interest, and were only about $3 each. The coat hooks were $4 each. The project also took half a quart or so of white paint. Altogether the project cost around $60– more than I expected it would. Those little dibs and dabs of wood add up quickly!
For awhile I was despairing of the project coming together at all. The trim boards I bought were MDF, which is basically wood chips glued together into shapes, so it showed every hammer ‘miss’. It took a few nail holes to find the studs so that I could attach the vertical boards in a sturdy way. I had several nails that bent over sideways as I was nailing, which meant I had to pull out the nails and try again. More dings. If I did it again, I’d use real wood, not MDF, for more sturdiness. But once I puttied and painted it all white, including the wall between the new trim pieces, it came together nicely. I especially like the two little coat hooks set down low for my littlest visitors!Pin It