Here’ s a confession: I have had this project finished (and photographed!) for over a month, and I am just now posting sharing it with you. Yikes!
I am going to write this one as a case study in how to creat an entry way in a house that has no entry way.
Problem: We enter our house through the kitchen door, which is great when one is carrying lots of groceries, etc. However, lots of Stuff tends to end up on the counters, taking up valuable countertop space. There’s a wall with a chair rail that would be perfect, but an electrical outlet is pretty much exactly in the middle of the usable space.
Solution: Utilizing a shelf and/or mirror, create an entry way “area” that can wrangle keys, hang jackets/sweatshirts, etc.
Here’s the area where I was working:
Sorry for such a crappy picture, but that’s the only “before” picture I have. That’s when we were moving in, which explains the mess. The kitchen door is to the right of the box/baseboard heater. Note the totally obnoxious electrical outlet above the chair rail, in the middle of the wall.
I decided that I could put a shelf under the electrical outlet and potentially use the shelf as a charging station, creating lemonade out of lemons, if you will. So I went on the hunt for a shelf. Long story short, I ended up getting one free (Free!) from a coworker who had built it for his house that he didn’t need any more.
Lovely! It’s solid wood. Unfortunately I didn’t care for color of the stain. Sounds like a project!
I sanded it down:
Then a little more:
I used a little wood filler to cover the nail heads, and then I stained the whole things. I used an espresso-colored stain. I brushed on two coats of stain and then three coats of poly. When it was all dry, I put the same hardware back on. Finally my handyman neighbor came over to help me properly hang it.
And here’s “After”:
I have a few more things that I want to do with this space (add a mirror, for example). Hopefully I can share the finished project with you soon!
What have you been busy creating?!