Using Ikea brackets and custome stained shelves we created a staggered look to give some dimension and character to the space. Matching pieces of pine were used to affix 10 hooks on the opposite wall providing plenty of storage.
Working on a budget meant using up paint and repainting the whole space a single colour (it was two-tone before), getting the kids to play with watercolours (which I LOVE - they're so great!!!), and repurposing a thrift store mirror - giving it some DIY love with some chalk paint. Certainly the abstract print from Melanie Severin (Alberta artist on Minted) was the inspiration for colours. Splurging on ten hooks from Anthropologie was a must - we all need more storage! A map of our city and a some local art helped fill out the space.
With a place for keys, coats, backpacks and more, this entrance shows you what can be achieved in busy spaces on a frugal budget. Cabinets, built ins, they weren't options as they limited how the space was used. Now there's ample room to move, to store, to give hugs and hellos, and to admire.