Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kitchen items for my hallway

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!


Ingard said...

I love it! What did you do with the other piece that was there?

Jake & Lisa Danes said...

I loved it when I saw it today. I don't know what it is about using spoons that I just love! I thought about it for our bathroom but I am not sure Jake would go for it. Spoon towel hangers perhaps???

Kori said...

Fabulous! It looks great!

Renou Juliette said...

hey was just browsing through blogs, found yours and LOVE your ideas - the spoon hangers are genius!

Raine and Sage said...

Wow I've just found your blog c/- Thrifting Brisbane. I'm now following and look forward to more of your creative, recycling genius. You've done some amazing stuff!! :) x