Are you enjoying the weekend? It was another busy one at my house. I worked on adding functionality to my entry, I started a Wilton cake decorating course at Michael’s (LOVE IT) and my son started bike club, which means I also started bike club 🙂
My entry is considered communal property since I share the hallway with my upstairs neighbor. Living in NY means lots of wonderful things but in most cases it also means living in small apartments. When I bought this place I knew it was small but I thought about the big picture. I knew I wanted to live here, I love this area. I figured I could organize and craft this apartment until we “fit”. While I hate the size of my apartment I also love it. Of course it would be nice to have more space but living in a small apartment means I don’t bring a lot of junk home. I’m forced to think about the purchases I make. I always ask “do I need this and is there space for it”? This update adds organization and functionality to an area that had none.
Let’s take a look at some before pictures. In an effort to be honest and real I’m going to show you how messy the hallway really was, cob webs and all. It was a hard winter with a lot of snow and extremely cold days. Who was worried about cleaning the hallway? Not me!
I was already using a basket for our shoes. With a toddler in the house and all over the floor shoes aren’t allowed inside, they just track in dirt and germs. Really people, I saw a Dr. Oz episode where he randomly swabbed the bottoms of peoples shoes and sent them to a lab. One person had ecolli on the soles of his shoes. Yuck! But the basket was always bigger than the space so the front door couldn’t fully open and I wanted to do something about that.
I’ve read over and over again in style and décor books as well as magazines that not making use of your walls is a waste of space. So I wanted to start using them. I was walking around Marshall’s with a couple projects in mind so I was keeping an eye out for a few different things. I came across a basket in the clearance section but then I thought your a DIY’er so why spend money when you can probably make something. I thought about using a box wrapped in fabric or really nice paper. They usually have great rolls at Home Goods and I figured I could find a box at work since there’s always a bunch laying around. And guess what…. I did!! I’m in love with chalkboard paint these days so when I found this metal bin typically used for mail I knew it was perfect. Add to that the fact that it was on clearance and it was a no brainer.
As I was standing in line to pay for the bin I found this roll of paper and snatched it up too.
Now, I know a lot of bloggers pull out a drill or saw and get things done but this isn’t that kind of blog. I’m power tool challenged… So I usually wait until I have a couple things around the house that need to be hung up or made and I give my dad a call. I love that man, he’s a jack of all trades and knows a little bit about everything. I should also mention the walls in my apartment aren’t that great either, some are sturdy and solid while others crumble when you start drilling.
I found an old coat rack in my storage space when I was looking for some paint and knew it would be a great addition to the space, it just needed some love. The paper I picked up had coral circles in it so I picked up a Valspar paint sample from Lowe’s in Autumn Enchantment and added a little white craft paint until it was a color I thought matched the paper. I just want to say I love the paint samples Lowes sells, they’re $2.97, come in a satin finish and are the perfect size for small projects around the house.
I started by removing the hooks from the coat rack and giving it two coats of primer since it was a dark colored wood.
While I waited for that to dry I also gave the mail bin two coats of chalkboard paint to get rid of the compass design it had. I waited an hour in between coats per the directions. It came with a few wooden magnets that I also painted coral to match the paper.
Then I went to work on the box, I wanted to reinforce the bottom so I went over it a couple times with some duct tape. I tried gluing the lids on top down for added support but I was having a hard time getting them to adhere so I cut them off with my Exacto knife. I get impatient and it was slowing me down.
I thought wrapping the box was going to be the hard part but it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. I didn’t measure anything, I just rolled the paper around the box making sure it lined up on each side. I cut the pieces big enough to wrap around completely, from the bottom to the top and halfway inside. I attached the paper with some Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky adhesive. It was kind of like wrapping a gift but leaving one side unwrapped. If there was any hangover I just cut it off with my exacto knife.
When I was done I turned the box over and waterproofed it with two coats of Mod Podge, I like the matte finish. Don’t worry about the white stuff you see in the picture, it dries clear.
I would LOVE to have a mudroom dedicated to coats, book bags, helmets and outdoor toys but that’s just not possible. So I decided to use the mail bin to hold bubbles, side walk chalk and other summer toys while the coat rack holds helmets and thin jackets for spring evenings with a chill in the air. In the winter we can use the bin for gloves and hats. The box will hold our shoes but now allows the door to swing open all the way. I picked up a small wooden script word from Michael’s to decorate the wall. Now lets take a look at some pictures.
The cob webs are gone too 🙂
I think it looks great, especially for under $16. When I’m tired of the color or the box gets beaten up I can quickly change this space with a new paint color and a roll of paper. What do you think? Could you add a basket or bin to your entry to save space?