Let’s take a minute to talk about problem areas in the house. My biggest problem areas are the kitchen counter where I dump everything when we get him, the coffee table where the kids dump everything when they get home, and our entry way, where everything ELSE gets dumped, shoes, jackets, backpacks, purses, scarves…you get the point.
In a case like this, being a renter is hard because I want to build out a huge mud room area, one with a door so we can just, you know, close it off to the world and no one has to see it. But, because we rent, I can’t just knock down walls and build a space. What I can do though is add stuff to the walls to help a little.
I was going to add a coat rack. As a matter of fact, I even painted a coat rack to use for my entry way space. I added hooks in our coat closet. I added a shelf and hangers, but nothing has fixed the clutter at our door.
And with such a small space, I wasn’t sure what to do, but then, a lighting bolt of inspiration hit me! I ran to the hardware store, I picked up a piece of peg board, I picked up some hooks, I picked up some screws and washers and drywall anchors and then I went home with my supplies. Well, after I paid for them that is.
I knew I wanted to paint the peg board before putting it up on the wall, but I wasn’t sure what color I wanted to paint it. I know that Matt isn’t a huge fan of a million colors like I am so I decided to just paint our initials on it. I did that by cutting our initials with my Silhouette. I used contact paper so that it would stick nicely to the board while I painted but looking back I wish I would have used just paper. I also wish I would have known how to adjust the picture sizes of objects to all be the same so that the “M” matched all the other letters. I also wasn’t going to keep the washi tape on it but after painting I liked how it looked so it stayed.
When the paint was dried I went ahead and screwed it to the wall. Now the thing with peg board is that in order to be able to use it properly, you need to have it installed about an inch off the wall, this way the hooks can be used. In order to make this possible for my project, I used little wood blocks in each corner between the peg board and the wall. This gave it enough space for the hooks to work.
After I got it installed, I added my hooks and started hanging things. I realized then that I also would need baskets for our hats, gloves and, in my case, my safety classes. So I ordered these baskets from Amazon and because Prime is amazing (!) I had them in two days.
When all was said and done, I was pretty impressed with my new space. Sure the shoes are still an issue, they always will be, but for now, at least we aren’t losing hats, gloves or glasses. And, we have a nice place to put our coats instead of throwing them on the couch.
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