Monday, November 19, 2012

Where'd I Leave My Keys?

Next on the DIY project list was to finish off our back entrance. As in, now that we have a fabulous coat rack, we need a place to put other things when we come in the door!

This is what we started with when we originally moved in back in June 2011.

It's kind of hard to see but we just had one of those generic cheap key racks from Home Depot or Canadian Tire or something of the like. And this little shelf that my dad made me for my books when I was eleven or something. It worked for a while but the shelf was too small and it ended up looking like this.

Which just wasn't working for me. At all. So I asked my handy husband Dan to build me a new custom shelf. He made the shelf a couple weeks back but it still needed to be stained. So that was the project for this weekend, as well as making a new key rack.

We started with staining so that we could let everything dry while we assembled the rest of the supplies and did some other house stuff.

Staining the doors and the back of the key rack

My cool zebra patterned shelf :P
While the first coat dried, we got together the rest of the supplies for the key rack. I do have to say though that this idea came from Pinterest, not my own creativity. Although I did alter it to work for us.


Ready to go!
Dan drilled small pilot holes into the bottom of each block and then we gently screwed the hooks into them. Dan did a pretty good job of getting them all pretty centered! After a couple more coats of stain and then a clear coat on top, we were ready to go! We assembled everything the next day and I couldn't be happier with the results.

My fabulous new shelf

Isn't it beautiful?
But I do think my favourite is the key rack. It makes me smile everytime I see it. I'm completely in love.

We once again made pilot holes into the back of the blocks and through the board. Then, using a level, we screwed each block onto the wood. Once we completed those steps, we used 3M poster strips to attach it to the wall. We opted against screwing it in since that would put holes into the board and the wall and make repairing it harder if we ever decide to move it.

It works great!
The whole corner came together beautifully and I'm really pleased with it. There are still a few little tweaks that I plan on doing but for now, I'm happy. What do you think?


  1. CUTE - I need to come and see all these projects in person now, lol.

  2. Yes Vicky you do! They are even more awesome in real life. :)

  3. Love it! Very cute, what a nice organized space!

  4. Absolutely adorable!! We will DEFINITELY be stealing pieces of this for our entryway in the near future!!