Well, I never did do a reveal for my hallway makeover. Why? Partly because immediately after finishing I welcomed my Chinese student into my home and the disaster that followed sorta killed my enthusiasm. Also I kinda wanted to have a completely finished look before I showed off my efforts, but that includes the potential for a stencil that I fell in love with but seems way over priced to my mind.
Today’s reveal is for the entryway (gee, how’d you guess? Perhaps it was in the title??). Back in November of last year I made a post about drift wood my parents had pickup for me on one of their many travels around the provence. After “curing” the wood in the basement for most of the summer I finally got around to prepping the wood.
You can read all about the “build” here, but here’s a brief photo review.
Inspiration photo (source)
After assembly, the future coat rack sat idle in my basement until just a few days ago. What was the hold up? I had a vision that wouldn’t settle for compromises. I wanted something light and airy, whimsical even, and fun to go with the casual look of the driftwood. I’d seen a few potential hooks in my travels, bent forks and spoons made into hook shapes but those seemed like they wouldn’t hold up if faced with a heavy coat. I thought about antique glass door knobs but didn’t feel like paying full antique prices. And finally, I thought about glass knobbed hooks. What I found of the latter was too expensive in my mind, so I kept on the lookout for something cheaper but in keeping with this idea.
In the end I couldn’t find anything cheaper than $10/hook (less 25% when you buy two or more) so I just said F$%@ it and bought four hooks and when I laid them out on the driftwood I felt a deep sense of satisfaction of my idea realized. It was so beautiful, too!
The hooks are just the right side of whimsy that I wanted and they don’t over power the look of the driftwood, nor do they clash with it.
I have a beautiful double folding chair that I have placed in what used to be the entryway closet (that closet has moved here). It had to be removed temporally while my father and I wrangled the driftwood into place. I used painter’s tape to make a template for the wall (which I failed to take a picture of but see Younghouselove for the general idea). Here’s a quick sample of YHL incase you’re too lazy to click through:
And once it was up I was so pleased with the effect! I can’t wait to add my planed accent color as a future to-be-decided stencil to the opposite wall. Since I’m going for a beachy theme in my house colors, I shopped my stuff and decided this shadow box of Blue Jay feathers I had collected over the years deserved a front and centre home on top of the little ledge. I also like how the Indigo book bag spices things up a bit with the lovely cream and peach colors. But check out the look for yourselves!
I then added a free enamel pitcher I got at last year’s town yard sale and a baby pegesus figurine just because. After putting it up both dad and I had to double check the level-ness of the shelf. And despite declaring it level the eye reads it as being off kilter. We decided this was because the wood itself isn’t plum anymore after the extended soak in the ocean and so we didn’t worry about it further.
Cost break down:
Hooks: $10 x 4 less 25% when buying two or more = $30
Hanging hardware: approx $5 for a pack of two brackets.
Total cost of awesomeness: $35!!!!
Anyone have any idea what something similar would possibly cost in a store?