I teamed up with Valu Home Centers again and provided them this post for their new blog!  Check it out – its another awesome resource for DIY love.

September means everyone is back-to-school!  Back-to-school comes with a lot of shoes, coats, bags, umbrellas and who knows what else strewn about in your entryway and house.  So now let’s face the facts.  Most houses don’t allow room for an entire mudroom – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome and organized entryway!  It’s all about maximizing the space while giving your decor purpose.

In this post I’m going to walk you through how I turned our entryway space into a space that makes sense.  Here’s a look at what I started with.

entryway before 2

entryway before

Pretty boring and non-functional, right? When envisioning what this space should be I knew I wanted it to be neither.  It would have to house various items without looking messy.  So without further introduction, here are the DIY projects I tackled to make our entryway work.

Project 1: Upcycled Antique Window Organization

For this project you will need:

  • window
  • krylon chalkboard paint
  • hooks
  • paintbrush
  • screwdriver
  • nails for hanging on the wall
  • strong wire and hooks
  • chalk

The first thing I wanted was a place to write notes, reminders and to-dos.  I always seem to have a million different “lists” around but no central place to keep it all.  I found this old window and gave it some krylon chalkboard paint on the glass panes.


window_painted 2

After my painting was complete, I attached some wire to the back for hanging purposes.    I went in an “x” pattern with the wire to make it very secure and I used a screw driver to tighten the hooks.  Note: Make sure you get really sturdy wire if you’re using something made out of real wood.  An object like a window can get really heavy hanging on drywall or plaster!

wire on window 2 wire on window

Next I added a couple of hooks to the front for coats, bags and umbrellas.  Honestly, you can never have too many hooks.  To finish it off, I started making my organization lists.  Of course, you can use regular chalk to write on it, but chalk pens always turn out with really clean lines. I looks so pretty! Just wait until you see how this turned out in the end!

Project 2: Mason Jar Wall Hangings

For this project you will need:

  • mason jars
  • steel clamp (I used 2 1/4 – 3 1/4)
  • pieces of wood cut to size
  • saw
  • hammer
  • nails
  • screwdriver
  • picture hanger

For this part of the entryway project, I started by picking up some mason jars


…and some steel clamps that just happen to fit on the neck of the jars!


I took home my supplies and started working.

ball jar supplies

I used this piece of reclaimed wood (stained dark walnut) to cut it into pieces 8 inches long to accommodate the size of the mason jars.  Note: You can use a regular saw or a powered one for this task.

measuring ball jar wood

Once the wood was cut to size, I attached the picture hanger to the back of the wood so it has the ability to hang on the wall.  Note: You want to do this BEFORE you attach the clamp.

Next, I attached the clamp to the other side of the piece wood.  I used really small nails so that they could fit through the holes of the clamp.  I put 2-3 nails in each one to make sure it was secure.

mason in progess 2

mason in progess

Once everything was attached, I put the mason jar head at the top of the clamp and started tightening.  Note: This is really easy to do with your hands but to get it extra tight, you’ll want a screwdriver.

mason in progess 3

Then I just added a little strip of chalkboard paint to finish it off!


Project 3: Ruler Storage Bins

For this project you will need:

  • 1 x 3 x 8 piece of wood
  • thin plywood
  • nails
  • hammer
  • wood glue
  • yard sticks
  • saw
  • paint or stain

This is an antique bin that I found a long time ago.  It’s one of my favorite décor pieces, so I didn’t want it to get the wear-and-tear of an entryway. Instead of using it for the entryway, I thought I’d make my own bin!  This bin measures:

  • short sides: 12 x 9 inches
  • long sides: 19.5 x 9 inches
  • bottom: 12 x 20.25 inches


I picked up a 1 x 3 x 8 piece of wood at Valu for $1.49.  I took it home and cut it into pieces 19.5 inches long to replicate the original bin.  These will be for the two long sides of the bin.  Note: Since the wood is thin, you can use a regular saw but if you have a power saw of some sort it’s always a little easier!

wood planks

Then I cut two thin pieces of wood for the opposite sides and bottom and sanded down the edges.


I knew I wanted something to jazz up the ends of the bin so I picked up some Valu yard sticks.  Since I LOVE chevron, I decided I would cut the yard sticks up to make that into a pattern.  With the dimensions of the bin I figured out that 4 inch pieces would look best. Once I had my yard sticks to the 4 inch sizes, I started applying them to the board with wood glue.


Note: I applies then all and then sawed off the excess – it was easier that way than trying to measure each piece exactly.


Once I had both sides of the bin covered in my chevron pattern I attached the wood to the planks of wood on the other sides of the bin.

crate in progress 2

I also attached the bottom piece with wood glue and nails.

crate in progress

A couple coats of paint and viola!  Note: You could also use stain instead of paint to see the chevron pattern even more!




Remember what this space looked like before?  Feast your eyes on the organized entry after photos!

entryway before 2

finished entryway

finished entryway_final

Stay tuned for the next haus2home Valu blog collaboration! Until then….

Reclaim. Reuse. Upcycle.

Posted by:Jackie Hausler of haus2home

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog haus2home.com.

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