I think one of the hardest areas in a house to keep clean and tidy, aside from the kitchen and bathrooms, is the foyer. It’s natural to walk in and dump everything that your carrying, kick off your shoes, and then go about your business. Our foyer, even though it’s two stories, is relatively small as far as square footage on the floor is concerned. There is just a small space by the door and, of course, a pile of shoes quickly collects there and it gets even more out of control over the winter with all of the wet and salty boots!
There also wasn’t a place to hang purses, coats, hats, and Sebastian’s leash, so the doorknobs in the foyer (to my office and the coat closet) were always engaged as hangers for those items. I’ve been looking around for an antique-style hook rail that would fit next to the door. I just wasn’t finding anything that I really loved and, when I did find one that was amazing and perfect, it was over $200. Yeah…I don’t mind splurges, but not for a hook rail.
Yesterday, I got it in my mind that I was tired of looking and waiting and I bet I already had all of the components to make a pretty cool hook rail. I knew I had some brass hooks I bought a few years ago, so I located those. While searching, I found some brass label-holders that I removed from a piece of furniture. I went in search of a board and found a piece of a broken table leaf. When gathered together, I could see the makings of the hook rail I had been looking for!
Isn’t it funny how we sometimes get so caught up with hunting something down to buy, that we forget to look through the things we already have? When I arranged it all on the studio floor, I could see it was perfect.
I cut the board down to size using the mitre saw and then measured and attached the hooks and label-holders.
Before hanging it up on the wall, I slathered the whole thing with MMS Hemp Oil. It just hydrated the wood, bringing out its warmth and patina.
I hate using wall anchors if it can be avoided. Especially with something like coat racks, because it’s inevitable that one day a heavy backpack will take them down, ripping a hole in the drywall in the process. So, I used a stud finder to locate the studs and inserted screws directly through the wood into the studs. That hook rail isn’t going anywhere! You can see the screws if you’re really looking for them, but you can get away with random screws in an antique things!
And, it’s perfect! I’m so happy I finally figured out that I already had what I needed, but I’m also kicking myself for not realizing it sooner.
I found the bench on clearance at Target and it provides some storage for shoes (quite a bit, since you can put them on the shelf and under the bench) and a place to set stuff down or sit to put on shoes. It’s the perfect size.
I made labels for each hook using watercolor paper…
Since it’s right by the front door, this isn’t going to be a hook rail to load up with backpacks and winter coats, but just a spot for the leash, my purse, and the coat of a guest, etc. We installed a large hook rail in the garage for snow pants and wet winter gear and we’ll also have one in the mudroom for backpacks, hats, coats, etc.
Ha, of course, now I want to paint the foyer as soon as possible! Since it’s two stories, it’s a project we have to hire out, so I just need to be patient…
So, what do you have sitting around your house that could become something you have been hunting for?