With two busy school-aged girls, our front entrance gets a workout. It’s actually fairly spacious, but since it’s the only entrance to the house (we don’t have a separate entrance area from the garage), it really needs to work and be functional. Years ago I installed hooks for each of the girls’ knapsacks. They have served quite well keeping the entrance and bench area fairly tidy. But as hooks-into-drywall go, they were starting to look a little shabby. In fact, a year ago, I had to move one of the hooks because it was peeling out of the wall.
So now with the ‘moved’ hook pulling away from the wall again and the other hook starting to do the same, it was about time to re-think my hooks. I couldn’t just move them again, so I decided they needed to be mounted on something that was then mounted to the wall. I thought barn-board would look awesome, and then it occurred to me, that I have no idea where I would get a small piece of barn-board. I don’t know anyone who has a barn… well anyone that lives close by who has a barn. And then it struck me! Pallets!
My husband’s work has tons of pallets lying around that can’t be used anymore. Since I didn’t need a really big piece, he hacked apart an old pallet for me and then cut it down to the size I wanted. Violà – instant barn-board!
I decided to spruce up the edges a bit and enlisted the girls to offer their opinion: turquoise or yellow. Turquoise won. I patched up the wall and then re-painted it. Hubby helped me mount the board to the wall, drilling pilot holes through the board, putting in drywall anchors and finally screwing it to the wall.
It’s not rocket-science, and it’s certainly not super-fancy-über-cool-pintrest-worthy. But it works for us and looks a whole lot better than the two sad, dangly hooks that were there before.