I usually wait until spring to do a big clean/organize, but this year, all of our "stuff" was really driving me crazy. I have two kids, a husband that works outside, and a job that puts me in the elements sometimes as well. That means there are 8 hands that need gloves, 4 heads that need hats, 4 necks that need scarves, 8 feet that need boots, you get the point. And since we are "shoes off in the house" people, our entryway tends to look a little bit like an outdoor clothing store exploded in it, with everything on the floor. Walking into this was getting really old. It immediately stressed me out. So as I always do, I searched around on Pinterest for DIY storage tables. First we were going to do a built in storage bench with drawers, but being the Realtor I am, all I could think about was resale. What if we only had space for 4 drawers and someday the buyer has 3 kids? Or no kids? So we decided to clean up the entryway with a simple coat rack, and a console table with storage that could be removed when we move.
Here is the inspiration:
So off we went to pick up supplies. We were able to purchase the lumber and paint at Lowes for around $30. I found modern chevron print baskets in the storage section of Lowe's for $13 each, and they are really big. I bought one for each of us. Then I went to TJMaxx and dug through the clearance section and was able to find some vintage looking items to sit on top of the table, to blend my husband's taste of older looking things with my love for all things modern. We also purchased a standard shelf/coat hook combo to make things easy. My husband built the table (you can find instructions here, but you will have to adjust measurements to fit whatever storage containers you buy, and the size of your space) and then I painted it with 3 coats of white satin enamel. I waited overnight for it to dry and jumped out of bed the next morning (seriously, I did, I was super excited) and put the baskets in, and decorated the top with an antique style clock, lantern, plant box (plants to come) and a bowl for car keys. We are pretty excited about how our less than $100 project turned out! And it only took a couple of hours. It looks welcoming, and is functional. And the kids think it's fun to put their stuff in their own drawer! I realize this won't last forever, but I'm gonna roll with it for now.
Check it out:
Now, on to the next project!