An entryway we can use

Hey strangers!!  Long time no write.  So I finally got the itch to blog again..or should I say enough of an itch to actually write a post rather than get a little extra sleep.  I have been working on various projects around the house and I finished one this weekend that will have a pretty big impact on how we use our entryway.  We have a very small entryway and for years now we have simply hung a 3 prong coat hook from Target behind the door.  The only issue with that is that we were once a family of 4, now we are a family of 6!  I have a 2 coat rule so that is 12 coats at any given time.  I had been seeing entryways all over Pinterest with rows of hooks and pretty board and batten with matching frames and cute little benches.  I knew that an elaborate entryway was out of my reach with the time I have available.  The first plan I put together was a simple board and batten around the entryway with a picture ledge on top.  I stewed on that for a little while, then decided that maybe a simple fix would be more in line with what I can accomplish.  I put together a couple of sketches and decided on one of them to move forward with.

entry sketch

 

 

I measured each wall and and purchased enough 1x4x8 to do the job.  Annnddd… I used a circular saw for the first time.  Seriously, what took me so long??  It’s so simple.  I guess that’s the typical new DIYer fear of the unknown.  So I got all of the boards cut to size and enlisted my husband to get them hung for me.  (note to self – invest in a good power drill).  Everything was going smooth until my husband realized that the boards for behind the door were too short.  Womp womp.  So much for measure twice, cut once.  I had forgotten that just because it says it’s a 1 inch thick board, it isn’t actually 1 inch thick.  Back to the store.  Of course, we don’t get to just “run to the store” where we live, I had to wait until I was back in town to get it.  That night I cut it down and Jeff hung it for me.  Now the fun part – patching, sanding and painting.  Um, yea, not really.  Have I mentioned that I have a 3 and 1 yr. old?  I do all projects like this in spurts…as in when I can edge a wall, I do.  Paint brushes and rollers in the fridge for a week or so is nothing new.

Entryway before paint

Here we are all patched up and ready to start priming. I only did one coat of primer, and 2 coats of paint.  I would probably have been better served to do 2 coats of primer, but it all worked out and I think it looks good.  Once it was all painted I had Jeff help me hang the coat hooks.  I chose to do 6 behind the door for coats and hats and 3 in front of the door for book bags and purses.  I also hung up our IKEA dog tail hooks for the dogs invisible fence collars and leash.  I still need to repaint the Barley that was previously painted there as well as the adjoining wall.  We have used it for almost a week and I also think we need to stagger the coat hooks…but we shall see.  I want to live with it for a while first.   It looks soooo much better!!  Check out my before pic… our house is in perpetual chaos with little ones running around!!

 

 

 

Before entryway

This is my norm these days… bean bag and couch pillow on the floor where the kids were playing, bags to take the next day sitting in my path for the morning.  Random bag hanging on the door knob so we will remember to take it back to the store.

And now….

entryway after

Improved??  Yes!

Entryway after

Entryway after behind door

So there you have it… I really HAVE been working on projects, just at a snails pace. Smile  What have you guys been up to??

 

 

Updates:  I finally added some pictures to this and I think we can call it done!!

 

 

entry complete

entry art and coats

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Projects, projects everywhere!

I am actually, truly, seriously working on some stuff. It’s a little ADD at the moment since I don’t have any one project pulled together. I am in super organize mode so there are little spots here and there getting tweaks. Did you know we have 6 people living in a 3 bedroom house? Did I mention said house is a good bit under 2000 sq ft? We are stepping all over each other. Add in baby gear and my crafting/project hoard and you have a house that is insanely out-of-order. After I returned to work, I have not had time to put things in order. And with a complete lack of storage in this place I am having a hard time getting things to flow in our home. We have never been neat freaks, and it’s really hard to keep everyone on board with picking up after themselves. My time at home is so limited during the week. As in, I get home at 6-6:30 and it’s bed time for the kids between 8-9 and I am not too far behind them. So I squeeze in what I can for cleaning, organizing and projects on weekends and spare minutes here and there. I plan to take a day off work in the near future and put things in order – but first I need all the tools at my disposal. I have been scouring Craigslist and Goodwill trying to find the items I need (namely a dresser and some sort of cabinet or bookshelf – and maybe a table for the entry way). NO luck so far, but I know I will come across the perfect pieces.

My project list is growing, but then it has never been small and ever-changing. I come up with a “great” idea and by the time I get to it I have either decided it won’t function well in our home or adapted it a little differently. So as of now, my project list looks like this:

Complete Hannah’s room
Organize and store craft supplies
Organize our mail and general paraphernalia that gets dropped on the bars
Start on the boy’s room
Redo guest bath
Finish master bedroom

I haven’t decided how I will post on Hannah’s room. I will either give you tutorials along the way as I complete them, or churn those out after the reveal. We shall see what time allows me. I have her room started…just getting into it deeper now. The to do list in there is not too bad.

1. New curtains
2. Paint the walls
3. Hang her chandelier
4. hang a TV on the wall
5. New bed
6. Get and makeover a dresser
7. Address storage in her room
8. Possibly a desk
9. Art for all walls
10. Bedding and pillows
11. Closet organization

I have paint for the guest bath and have already primed over the color that was in there. I have ideas and pinned some things for in there. It’s basically needing to be made more grown up and less polka-dotted. I have lots of organizing tools and plans, just need to execute those in the main living areas. I have also decided to rethink how we use our kitchen and bathroom cabinets. So much wasted space!! The boy’s room is the least planned out right now, but I feel like it will come together really easily once I get started.

And of course I can’t have a post without a pic of some sort.. so here is some inspiration I have for the guest bath and organizing.

guest bath*Welcome to Heradmont

Awesome bath found HERE
Go and check out the rest of Meredith’s handy work. She just revealed their guest bath remodel. Wow, it looks amazing.
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Awesome organizing found HERE

If you haven’t checked out iHeart Organizing, I strongly recommend it. This woman makes organizing look fun, and pretty!! Her site is so motivational.

So I am just going to keep on keeping on. Hopefully that will include some fun blog posts as well!

What I have been up to

It’s been a while since I have been here…it seems that my body has been keeping me busy trying to create a new life along with the many projects I have lined up for myself.  My energy levels in the evenings (when I write my posts) is, well, non-existent.  For some reason I have a little burst of energy tonight so I am going to take advantage of it! 

If you remember, I started putting together ideas for the master bedroom in this post.  I didn’t waste much time getting started.  Since we will be getting the house on the market before the end of March, I need to wrap up the majority of this project A-S-A-P.  I also decided that rather than waiting for all the info, I will post it as I go.  So the first project on the list is the board and batten on the walls.  There are some good tutorials out there, and it really seems like a no-brainer on how to put it up.  And CHEAP!!!  Love that part too. 

 

I got started with some furring strips that Garrett and I sanded down 3 sides to get them nice and smooth.  Then Jeff made all of my cuts for me.  I think the hardest part of this was deciding whether I should take out the baseboards or not.  I did buy the boards to replace them, but then decided that I didn’t want to tackle that.  Instead I am using the boards I purchased as the top part of the batten to make a thick edge to place a ledge on.  Check out these pics of the in process work:

 

First I painted the top half of the wall.

Pebble grey walls

 

Next I put some lines on the wall to keep the top edge straight.

lines on wall

And then I marked the wall on each stud by using a stud finder.  I went ahead and taped up each board so that I could get an idea how they would fall and if I needed to fill any spaces. 

all the boards up

The bottom edge was my biggest concern, and although it does hang over some, I don’t think it will be very noticeable once it’s all painted white.

bottom edge

Here is what the top boards and ledge will be like.

ledges

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So that’s where I am.  I need to permanently attach those boards with some liquid nails and nails, fill holes, prime them and paint them all white.  That’s on the agenda for this weekend.  I will try and fit that in with the home and garden show that is going to be at the Salem Civic Center on Saturday.

 

I have also been working on the master closet, so I thought I would share my current jewelry situation.  I think I am going to change it up and do some purging.  Here is what  it looks like now.

 

earring organization

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I don’t have any plans for it just yet.  But something on a smaller scale would probably work. 

 

And in case you missed it, I did share some news last week… I am expecting a new little member of the family in November.  Smile  We are hoping for a girl I think.

 

What have you guys been up to lately?

Where to put it all??

I’m sure my problem is a common problem… I have accumulated 29+(oh yes, I am still holding at 29) years of stuff…a couple of times. Five people live in my home. Funny part is that the younger ones tend to have more stuff than anyone else in the house. I have learned that part of keeping an attractive home is learning to organize all of your junk. Oh, and getting rid of stuff that you just don’t use is key as well. Part of getting my home decorated and turned into a place that we enjoy to look at as well as use is getting organized. I have begun in some areas, but it seems each time I clean out one place, I discover 3 more that are over-loaded, under-utilized and just plain unattractive.

So, operation organize is underway. I am going to troll my home for all of the items and areas that need help. Once I have compiled a list of items/areas I can start scanning Pinterest for ideas. I have already put some ideas I found in place, but I haven’t scratched the surface. I believe once I have a solid list of needed areas of improvement, I can start pulling together ideas. Right now, when I start to think about where and what to organize my mind starts hula hoping all the ideas..and I think it makes me dizzy. Or that could be the caffeine from the coffee my husband made this morning…. who knows. I tried to put together a post of all of the organizing ideas that I had, and quickly realized I was oooohing and aaaaahing like 5 different solutions for one area. Step 1 needs to be pulling it all together before I actually try to pin point a solution to implement. So instead I am going to show you some spaces that just make me feel like I need to put my home on that show Hoarders…

pantry

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closet

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bathroom

Image found Here

Has anyone else been driven crazy by their unorganized home? Or have any neat organizing tips?