We have been doing some home improvement projects in our house over the past couple of months. Well, really this past year! Haha somehow it feels like our house is a never ending project, but that’s okay because that’s just how I like it.
We really have been redoing the whole of the living room, so because of that our entryway area was in shambles. Previously, I had a large shelf with hooks in our entryway which I loved. But it was a bit bulky and just wasn’t what I wanted for any entryway anymore.
So our new entryway includes a bench, a mirror, a place for our keys, and other wall décor. (I plan on doing a blog post of how to create an entryway soon, so you can see ours! But if you want a sneak peak into some other parts of our house, click here) It looks really cute, BUT I really missed having somewhere to hang all of our junk.
So I decided to do another entryway/command center type area just to the right of our door and I absolutely love how it came out!
We had some leftover random pieces of wood from a different project, so I decided to make a hook station with one of these pieces. I also had quite a bit of random hooks from a couple of years back when we lived in an apartment that I had not used for some reason. I also had some wood stain leftover from a different project (we do a lot of projects if you’re catching on)! So easy peasy, I didn’t have to buy any new supplies for this quick DIY!
The first thing I did was sand my piece of wood. It was a little rough around the edges, so I just wanted to smooth it out. After sanding, I grabbed an old white t-shirt of my husband’s and got my wood stain out to begin this process. I did this part outside because that stuff STINKS!
You can use any wood stain, I found mine at Home Depot. I used the minwax brand in Jacobean.
I love this color and actually used it for another project in our house that came out beautifully. I only did one coat of this stain, but if you want it darker you can definitely do another coat. If you want it lighter be sure to wipe off the excess stain. You can also sand it again after you stain it to give it a lighter appearance. Here is what mine looked like after one coat and about 15 minutes of drying in the sun. It literally took me all of 5 minutes (if that) to stain it.
After I stained it and let it dry, I got my tools out to screw the hooks in. This is the part that took me FOREVER! It should have been really easy but I over complicated things! Haha
So what I should have done is used this thing to drill the holes into the wood FIRST!
But I didn’t and just kept trying to screw the screws in using the power drill -_- If my husband had been home he would have done it within 5 minutes. But this took me all of nap time to figure out! But hey, you live and you learn.
After I finally was able to screw the hooks into the piece of wood I decided where I was going to put it up on the wall by finding the studs. I used a stud finder and then DRILLED THE HOLES FIRST into the wall! Before using the drill to actually screw the board into the wall.
Then I started decorating around it! That was it! Instant DIY hook station. This definitely took me longer than expected, BUT you can learn from MY mistakes and drill your holes into your board FIRST before even trying to screw them into the board. You can definitely do this project without a power drill (I’ve done plenty of projects like this with just a screwdriver) But I can’t tell you how much I LOVE our power drill. It was definitely worth the investment! Especially because we do so many projects around the house!
I hope the instructions were easy to follow! This is really my first post on a simple DIY project, so let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement on this.
What do you have in your entryway that helps you to stay organized?