Ok, I will admit it, I was not a huge fan of this house when me moved in… it’s kind of quirky (yea, I know, much like me) and just so… BEIGE. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m just not a fan of beige for me..especially “this” shade. I just found it kind of depressing. Luckily I have been able to work through it by designing our own touches to it and now see this place for the treasure that it is. I couldn’t get over how much an entry way transformation was needed though…. A friend of mine who has just moved to Australia, cool I know, has decided to use a painter to do all of her painting. Her Brisbane painter is going to paint her whole house with this greyish, green colour. I thought, why can’t I paint my entry that colour? Well, I have now!
One of those “touches” is our new (to us) entry way. It lacked… well… anything.
Totally boring… am I right?
A few years ago I had a friend post a picture on my Facebook page of coat racks made of ladders. I happened to have some old wooden ladders in the shipping container so I went for it.
Can I just tell you that this is one of those times when having no idea what you’re in for is a good thing as I might have moved this project to another day otherwise…. Taking apart a ladder is not an easy task.
I knew wanted to preserve the look of the ladder and that top step. However, with the way I wanted to use the back and have it on the wall, I couldn’t leave it attached and had to get it off. Looking underneath is how to do that.
Some google searches told me drilling these out, is the easiest way. Ugh… Ok, How hard can that be? Ryobi power tools to the Rescue!
There were a lot of rivets to drill out. Once I got those out, I worked on securing the top shelf for hanging on the wall. I figured the easiest way to do that was to brace it. So I leveled it and screwed and glued blocks of wood to the ladder frame.
I reattached the top step and brought everything inside to have a preliminary look at the layout.
Like a glove I tell you….
Ok, the color HAD to go and if I was going to paint, it was going to have to be done quickly. Well, I couldn’t find a single roller ANYWHERE.. seriously. I painted the entire hallway with a HomeRight QuickPainter Pad Edge Painter.
Surprisingly it didn’t take as long as you would think. While I am a huge proponent of the right tool for the job, this one worked WONDERFULLY and I probably worked faster than I would have with a roller (I passionately hate painting walls, H.A.T.E. it). I know the cleanup was easier for sure!
Here is a color comparison:
I felt better just seeing the color on the walls. Anyway, I got the paint and then attached the ladders to the walls.
The space needed a rug and obviously hooks… I wanted to keep going with the vintage and used vibe so many searches on the internet came up with these:
because NO ONE makes anything like them… why? I have no idea. I had to get these off eBay. So FYI if you want to try to reproduce this, you will need to search “ceiling hooks”… that’s what you need. Regular coat hooks wont work because they hang at a 90° angle.
I finally got it back together (had to wait almost two weeks for the auction to end.. that was a killer to this impatient gal) and here is the final result:
So what do you think of the entry way transformation? I am really happy with the way this one turned out. How do you feel about this kind of repurposing? I plan on adding more touches later, but for now this helps a bit with the “where’s my coat?” question.
(HomeRight did provide product for me to review and tell you about, but all opinions are my own and always will be.)