Our house doesn’t have a coat closet. People didn’t wear coats 100 years ago, I guess. When we first moved in we mounted a small coat rack near the front door, which was useful but couldn’t bring complete order to our entryway.
It always looked at least this bad, and usually much worse.
This past summer I commissioned Nemo to build a larger coat rack for the coats and a storage cube to hold the hats/shoes/mittens/earbuds/random junk that is always cluttering the floor in the entryway.
After Nemo got all the pieces cut, things started to get pretty busy at work and the project had to be put on the back burner for a while. To speed things along I decided to do take the matter of staining into my own inexperienced hands. I was scared, but also desperate for some organization.
It was a long time coming, but I finally got my revamped entryway!
I am especially proud of the fancy stain work I did on bench/storage cube.
It all started with a can of Valspar clear sealer that I had lying around.
I picked up this cool stencil at the craft store (Martha Stewart brand), then laid it on the unfinished wood that was destined to be the top of the storage cube. I weighted down the edges and covered any exposed wood with newspaper.
Then applied a very, VERY thin coat of the clear sealer. One pass was enough to fulfill the purpose. If you put it on too heavily, the lines will run and the edges won’t be as crisp.
I gave each completed section a few minutes to dry before lining up the stencil to do the next section.
When it was all completed it looked like this:
Next I started applying the walnut stain with a cotton rag. The wood coated with the sealer couldn’t take the stain as well, which resulted in this cool effect:
And after a couple coats of polyurethane, it looked like this!
There is a storage basket for each of us to keep all that stuff that used to clutter up the entryway. It also makes an excellent time out spot.
The stain on the coat rack ended up matching the original woodwork pretty well. Looks like it belongs, wouldn’t you say?
So there you have it.
It may not be one of the glorious mudrooms I see every month in This Old House, but I dig it anyway.