After the Move; Part Won (1)

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My husband and I have been very patient and found an 1890’s Victorian home in downtown Colorado Springs. We love it! I love the creeks and squeaks. I love that there are TWO layers of wallpaper underneath more layers of paint in some rooms (sort of). The history of this house can literally be peeled away. It has original wood flooring and beautiful molding details all over the doorways of each room.

That being said…there is some work to do. When everything is all moved into your new home and the last moving buddy has left, it feels like you should be done. But no, now the real work begins. Painting, cleaning, hanging, rearranging that random side table (for the seventh time); it all seems so overwhelming.  

I thought it would be fun to track the “projects” I am working on over time. DIY’s and before-and-afters are so rewarding that I thought sharing it may entice others as well. It’s a slow process and rushing “designs” can feel forced onto a room. It sounds corny but if you allow a space to sit for a while, it starts to take shape and tell you what works best for the space.

This first project was my “Awkward Corner”.  It’s right by the back entrance door.  It’s a space we keep throwing all the crap from the end of the day…so it made sense to make this space the Mud Room… or Mud “Corner”.  My first decision was not to drill into the plaster walls. If you have ever had plaster you know what a pain it can be to hang anything on it, especially a hook for heavy coats or purses. I decided to use one of my many old doors as the base for the hooks. I had to fight my husband to get those puppies here, but I’m so glad I did. This one I found in a dumpster in LA. Ya, I climbed in. 


Here are the simple steps to create a door “rack” if you will.

You will need:                                                                                                               

·         Drill

·         Drill Bit

·         Screws

·         Level

·         Hooks (any kind, mine is from Ikea $8.75)

·         Door (duh)



Simply level your base and mark where the screws will go. Pre-drill the holes for your screws (make sure the hole is a tad smaller than the actual screw. This will make the hook stronger with more grip). Screw in and voila! You have a door coat rack.


I added a mirror, decorative number collage (lucky number 3 for our Family), and an old crate for shoe storage. It’s a very practical, creative corner you won’t find store bought and it only took about 20 minutes tops.

Stay tuned for next week’s project and let us knows your thoughts!