To see phase one, and the before pictures, of this project, go here.
I wanted to have my cake (a second pantry for all my canning supplies), and eat it too (still have an area for the coats/backpacks/mop/broom). I was able do both by nixing the idea of having a bar to use hangers to hang everything. Plus, we’re way too lazy to put everything on hangers so hooks were the solution for us. I wanted everyone to have a hook for both one bag and a jacket/coat. Any other heavy clothing will be stored in our individual closets from here on out. Also our shoes will no longer be going in this space. Once I get the girls rooms redone, they will have dedicated shoe storage so there really will be no excuse for having their shoes anywhere but on their feet and where they go. I’m just mean like that ;).
I didn’t want to just have hooks attached to the wall. I’m going for a bit more classy than tacky, so I had to decide what was the least expensive way to achieve that. I didn’t want to just use a plain board either. I wanted it to have a bit of a pattern to it. So, I shopped around to see how much pre-made coat racks were and they were all more than I was willing to spend. I decided that buying these wooden plaques(cheaper there than at craft stores with a coupon), and these hooks(the hooks were in bulk to save even more money) I could accomplish what I wanted and spend about half or less the cost it would have been to go with pre-made.
On to making them. I first drilled holes in the plaques. Then picked a paint colorthat would complement the storage baskets.