Recently I decided to change up my front entry just a little. The best "before" photo I could find was this one.
The entry is very small, so we used a tall, narrow cabinet with lots of drawers and two doors to hold things like change, gum, keys, tissues, etc.- things you'd want to grab as you're heading out the door.
Above that is a big mirror, and on the floor beside the cabinet was a nice big lidded basket where we keep our gloves and hats. The kids would plop their backpacks down on top of the basket (which was fine) but they had a hard time getting jackets down from the hangers inside the coat closet, and you can forget about ever getting them hung up again.
I recently acquired a little cupboard from my friend that I wanted to use instead of the multi-drawer cabinet. The new cupboard couldn't go underneath the mirror, so when I made that switch it left me with a big empty space on that wall. It didn't take me long to decide what to put there.
I visited my local Restore and picked up a nice wooden kitchen cabinet door for $5.
I also still had lots of silver utensils left from the stash that I scored at a thrift store a while ago. Do you see where this is headed?
The door got painted Heirloom White and really distressed, then I used my clamp to help me bend the handles of 5 spoons.
I played around with how I wanted to arrange the spoons on the door...
... and once I decided I put a dab of Gorilla Glue behind each one then screwed them in place.
On each side of the board I drilled a hole then used a spade bit to drill about 1/4" deep.
Some anchors, screws and wooden buttons got the whole thing mounted below the mirror firmly.
Coats, backpacks, hoodies- they all have a place now that's within easy reach of my little ones.
Here's my entryway. I love my new little coat hooks! The cupboard got a face lift with some sanding and a whitewash, and for now it's just got some loops of frayed fabric for pulls until I can find the right knobs for it. But I'm in no hurry.
I'm linking up to Wendy's party at The Shabby Nest!