Our back door leads straight out onto our patio area and when we first moved into this house, in an effort to just get things hung on the walls, we put two hooks by the back door. At the time they held dog leashes. That didn’t make any sense because we walked the dogs out the front door, not on the patio. Probably a year into living there, in a new effort to make each space make sense, we ditched the dog leashes and put our most used coats on the hooks by the back door. We all know how it goes right? You hang a hook somewhere with the intention of having one jacket on it and the dang thing ends up being like a rabbit. It breeds coats! Suddenly you have 5 coats hanging there you didn’t even know you had and the one you always want to wear is on the bottom of the stack. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Am I right?
Another thing that always irked me about this is that said hooks were right above our trash can. Something about our coats hanging over the trashcan had me constantly wondering if I smelled like garbage when I wore my coat.
Once we redid the patio and were spending more and more time out there the same questions constantly started to crop up. “where is the sunscreen?” “where is the bug spray?” “have you seen the lighter?” “WHERE did we get all these bubbles and why are they constantly on the coffee bar????” This prompted me to long for a shelf right at the back door to hold all of these everyday items.
FINALLY. A space that makes sense and is working for our family! I found this old, pre loved, shelf and felt it fit the bill enough for what I was after.
The only thing I didn’t love was the hokey look of the thing. When I got it I didn’t have time to give it a makeover so I hung it up as is…a trial run for our needs I suppose. I realized a couple of things in my test drive. 1) the pegs were too large for key rings 2) occasionally things would fall off the shelf 3) I was never going to get used to that watering can floral scene.
I went shopping in our basement for some supplies and found enough white paint, some gold spray paint, and a wooden dowel all on hand. Hobby Lobby was running the 50% off hooks and knobs sale so I grabbed 4 of gold hooks to match my theme for less than $5 total.
I probably put about 4 coats of paint on the whole thing to get good coverage. I think I put a couple coats on a day just as I walked by. I removed the old pegs with some pliers (the struggle was REAL) and filled in the holes with spackling we had on hand…making sure to place my new hooks below so they would be in solid wood. I sprayed the wooden dowel with my gold paint and lodged it into the shelf securing it with some glue.
I love the clean look of the finished product! Now each of our most commonly used patio items has a designated spot!