An Easy Upgrade for a Small Space

June 6, 2013

Large mudrooms with a plethora of storage and plenty of seating are desired by most, but not a reality for many (myself included).  When I was in need of more storage in my small entryway, I decided to take advantage of the 30″ wide wall behind the front door to create more space for coats and our everyday wares.

When we first moved into our home, I had made the front closet a dual pantry / coat closet, which provided more shelf storage but cut the coat space (especially during the winter months) in half.  And even with the addition of my updated “vintage” cabinet, which holds most of the kids shoes, it just wasn’t enough.

As a growing family, we needed more space for coats, backpacks, and the every day “stuff”, so using the wall behind the entry door was the ideal spot for adding built-in coat hooks and wooden crates.

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Before adding the built-in coat hooks, I had hung a decorative coat hanger for the kids coats. With only two hooks, it just wasn’t enough.  There was so much potential for this 30″ wide wall…

This is the wall before (and another peak at the ‘after’)…

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

The supplies I used for this project were:

  • MDF (medium density fiberboard) Board(s) cut to fit the alloted space
  • Drillable Anchors (if you can’t find a stud)
  • 1-1/2″ Wood Screws
  • Decorative Coat Hooks
  • Liquid Nails or Wood Glue
  • Drill and/or Screwdriver
  • Wood Putty / Filler

Duration of Project: 4 hours (1-2 days because of drying time for paint)
Project Difficulty: Easy to Medium
How Many People Needed: 1

To get started, I cut (2) MDF boards to size to fit the wall.  I had a few pieces leftover from a previous project, which I trimmed to fit snug on the wall from the wall edge to the door moulding.  If you’re starting the project from scratch and purchasing the boards from a home improvement store, then bring the measurements of your wall to the store and they will custom cut your pieces – this will definitely save you time and a few headaches!

Once I had the MDF boards cut, it was time to attach them to the wall.  My plan of action??  Determine the placement of the boards.  Add liquid nails to the back of each board to hold it in place, then…

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netfuzzy pic – not so pretty, sorry.  You get the picture though

…making sure they were level and plumb, I was ready to…

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

…DRILL!  Once the placement of the boards was determined, I found the locations of the studs and drilled 4 holes through the board into the wall.  If you can’t find a stud, then use anchors so the boards are securely attached.

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netI didn’t mention this earlier, but I installed 2 boards at different heights – One board was set lower for the kids coats and one board was set higher for the adult coats.

Once both boards were in place, I wanted to achieve a seamless look at the edges where the board meets the wall, so I used wood filled to fill in the gaps and holes.

Then it was time to paint the boards.  This step was probably the hardest because as much as I wanted to make this a fun and funky spot, I also didn’t want to draw any more attention than needed.  After much thought, I decided to simply paint the boards the same color as the existing wall, so it would  blend in, but also provide the function that our family needed.

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

To add the finishing and most important touches, I completed my built-in coat rack with hooks.

Installing the hooks was real easy!

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

And my newly created coat hooks were complete!

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Since this project was completed, the remainder of the space got a makeover too, including a new floor and freshly painted mouldings.

Once those DIY projects were complete, I wanted to make the space even more functional so I added wooden crates.  I purchased the already stained wood crates from a local thrift store, but I’ve seen similar unfinished styles at AC Moore and Micheals.

I stacked 2 wood crates in the corner and one to the right to create a stepped effect.  The crates are ideal for holding / storing bins, baskets, boots, bookbags, and last minute run-out-the-door essentials.

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

What I love about the wooden crates is that they can be moved, rearranged, or simply taken away in no time.  But right now, they are the perfect addition for our newly well-functioning entry!

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Even though it’s essentially a small space at 30″ wide, it’s SO USEFUL!

I also added this cute sign that I found at Hobby Lobby and thought it had such a darling saying, “Do the kindest things in the kindest ways”…  something we strive for everyday!

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

This spot has really been a great addition to our front entry.

Do you have a large mudroom?  If not, how have you maximized your front entry space?  Do you have any built-ins or do you have built-in coat hangers?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

Lowes Creative Team Member


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Comments

  1. Love this! So easy and really makes a big difference!
    Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft recently posted..(diy tutorial) mod melts rose bracelet

  2. Love this space. Quick question… where did you find the crates? Are those from Lowe’s as well? Thanks!

    • Thanks Andrea! I got the crates, already stained, at a garage sale. I have seen crates just like that though at AC Moore unfinished. Michael’s or other ccraft stores also probably have them. xo Jenna

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