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My hubby and I bought an old brink home in 2014. We love the style, the age and especially the cozy feel. Immediately I could see all of the potentials in the home, including an amazing DIY front entranceway that I could envision!
I was so excited to be moving into my new home, however, it was bittersweet.
About to move into my dream home and unfortunately, I had to start my new job the very same day…
So… I did what every other logical wife would do in that situation and wrote a lengthy Hunny do list for my husband.
Luckily, he was extremely willing to put the work in and he had everything moved by the time that I got home.
That was a ton of work and he did it all on his own… Luckily, I don’t hold on to anything. I am like an anti hoarder. Half the stuff I get rid of I should probably keep.
Seriously, I can’t stand if something hasn’t been used in a while and I cannot stand clutter.
There are a few things that you need to consider before you start out. Here is the structure that I followed:
Here is a list of the 10 must-have DIY tools in case you are wondering where to start.
Plan Out Your DIY Entranceway
It was perfect, by the time that I got home all I had to do was focus on putting things away and organizing.
I remember that I started in the kitchen and bedrooms because those were the rooms that I would need right away.
Once I had those out of the way, I moved in a mad sequence throughout the home. As I got to the front entrance, I realized how much it lacked.
It was gorgeous and had so much character with all the trim work and detail but had no functionality.
Immediately, I thought DIY front entrance here I come! I was already envisioning the front entrance bench that I could build. A coat rack of some sort would be perfect and functional as well.
I needed a new light in the front hall as well as I started to ponder painting the stairs.
Back to reality… I had to stop the daydreaming because I needed a functional house for our two littles to run around safely in.
In the back of my mind, I knew I also had to work every day so I needed to focus on pure simplicity for a while.
Spend Time In The Space
This is always the first thing that I do in a space when I am thinking of redesigning it. I think about where I want things to be.
Not only do I want it to look amazing but it needs to actually be functional. Learning from the past where I have created really cool spaces only to find out that they are functional duds.
Check Out Pinterest for DIY Entranceway Ideas
There is NO better place to spend your time looking for ideas. You can start daydreaming and visualizing right away. People are doing incredible DIY projects in their own homes and posting pictures on Pinterest.
You can check out my Tammy Builds Pinterest Account and see more of my DIY home projects.
I admit that I have been known to not always measure before I start a project. That is ok for some DIY projects but for the most part, you need to be accurate.
For my front entrance space, I wanted a bench and a coat rack that lined up and were centered.
Figuring out what your budget is before you start will help ultimately in your decision making.
That will help you decide if you will refurbish an old piece of furniture or be able to get all of your wood straight from the store.
Your budget will, by all means, determine how hard you search for the best deals.
Check Out Various Stores For Sales
The first place that I check for items, whether hardware or wood is my local Kijiji and Marketplaces.
Once I have done that, I hit up Home Hardware, Homedepot, and Rona.
Rona is in my neighborhood so I go there first but I always check online at all of the available deals.
I am a huge fan of Kijiji. That is where I found this light.
This light is gorgeous in this space and the way that the light directs when it is on is so neat!
Typically, when you choose a light for your space, the size matters…
You don’t want it too big or too small in the space or it will look odd. There are sites that offer sizing charts for this online.
Typically, I just use my eye and make sure that the light gives off the amount of light for the space that I want.
I have seen some beautiful lights, however, the issue is usually that they only have one bulb. Personally, I like a really bright space so the more bulbs the better!
Tools Needed For This Project
- Hardware for hooks
- 1×6 Pine boards
- Wood conditioner
DIY Front Entranceway Coat Hook
I get a lot of compliments on this coat rack! It is so pretty and gives a nice modern country look that I love.
Time needed: 2 hours.
Here is how I built the coat rack:
Measure out the wood pieces that you will need. I used 1 x 6 pine board for this piece. You will notice that the wood measures 5 1/2″ instead of 6″. That is always the case so don’t be shocked. I like the look of the softwood and the knots that show through the dark stain.
Cut the length of each piece. I used a Mitresaw for this step. Right now I am using an older Mastercraft saw that my dad gave me. My goal is to buy a 12″ Dewalt at some point!
I always measure length 1st. For this piece, you will need 3 equal cuts for the front/top/bottom. The length that I went with was 52 3/4 inches.
The 2 end pieces measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.
I really like using drywall screws for small projects like this. The black look gives such a nice look to the overall appearance. You can use whichever style of the screw that you like though. Some people even choose based on the screw head being Square vs Philips.
I lined up the wood and used 4 screws in each end piece.
- Add Support
The coat rack is going to need support on the wall to attach it to. I usually use just a simple piece of 2×4. I used a rough cut at 50″ long and used wall plugs to attach it to the wall.
- Secure the shelf section to the 2×4 on the wall
You can stain the piece before you install but I prefer to stain it once it is on the wall. I have a steady hand so this is an easy step for me as it takes less prep. If you don’t have a steady hand then you want to use wood conditioner and stain before you install.
- Add hooks
We have an amazing store in town that sells the exact hardware that I imagined for this DIY project. I added an extra section of wood at the bottom to attach the hardware onto. The length of wood is 47 inches and I used 5 hooks.
For our home, I use Red Oak stain a lot. It is by Minwax, one of my favorite products. It is an earthy red with brown tones and I feel it gives a deep rich feel to our space.
Pine absorbs a lot of stain so make sure that you use a wood conditioner first.
This bench was here when we moved in. It is a simple build.
I reinforced it in the middle as well as on the sides because it was not steady enough to sit on.
Originally, it was in the mudroom. I moved the bench to the front entranceway because it fit in with my design project perfectly.
The bench is 58 inches long. Each spindle is 16 inches in length and the seat section with foam is 4 inches high. That makes the height an average of 20 inches. From the wall, the DIY entranceway bench is 16 inches wide making it a perfect seat.
Tools and Supplies
- 3 Spindles
- One 2×4 is used as a support on the wall.
- 1×6 Pine board
All I had to do was secure a piece of 2×4 to the wall using plugs. Next, I added a couple of pieces of rough cut 1×6 pine to the bottom to give it added support.
I also added several screws around the whole piece and finally, I secured the fabric using finishing nails.
All that you need to have to complete any DIY project is a vision, desire, and patience. Be prepared to fail and become adjusted to seeing failures as challenges!
For the most part, you can do so much in your own home that will save you money in the long run. The best reward is knowing that you did it! Don’t be afraid to try new things.
I would love to see your DIY front entranceway. Feel free to leave a comment or even a picture of your space!