Hallway Turned Drop Zone

Thursday, October 3, 2019

If you didn't already know.... we MOVED! I had good intentions of a giving a full house tour post before jumping into any DIY posts but after moving in to our new-to-us house there was a space that needed a makeover STAT. I realized pretty quickly that our new house was lacking a drop zone for bags and coats, etc. So I quickly got to work.
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I have done more in the past month to our new house than I expected! I recently gave our powder room a makeover for less than $100 and I am currently in the middle of giving our kitchen a budget friendly update! But the first project I completed in this new house was this 'Hallway turned drop zone' area.

Here is a quick before of this space.

My plans for this space were simple- I wanted a quick and easy project that would turn this un-used hallway off of our garage into a drop zone/mudroom of sorts. I wanted to make a hook rack that would span the length of the entire wall and create the look of shiplap below it using a sharpie to give the space some dimension.

Let's get started!

What you will need:

To start I cut both wood boards to size. I simply measured the length of the wall and had the boards cut to that exact size. You can do this using a miter saw or have the store cut them for you.

Once the wood was cut I used a stud finder to mark the studs on the wall. Then, I simply used a hammer and 2 inch finishing nails and nailed the 1x4 board into the studs (using a level to make sure it was straight of course).

Once the 1x4 piece was up I created a ledge look using the 1x2 board on top of it. I used my Ryobi nail gun with 1 inch nails and nailed this into the top of the 1x4 board.

Now that my boards were in place I began to create my faux shiplap wall. For the sake of time I decided to do what I call 'Sharpie Shiplap' but you can click here for a tutorial on how to install a real wood plank wall. I simply marked the wall in 6 inch increments and using a level I created a straight line with the sharpie pen all the way down the wall. Tip: Keep a pack of baby wipes close to you and if you happen to mess up quickly wipe the sharpie off before it dries and start over!

Once my sharpie lines were dried I got to painting the wood boards. The old owner of our house had left a can of paint that matched the walls so I simply gave my boards three coats of the paint we had on hand. You could definitely stain your boards for a more rustic look.

Once the paint was dry I added these hooks I found on Amazon. I spaced the hooks 7 inches apart and 1 inch up from the bottom of the wood board.

To top it all I off I partnered with Craft Cuts and had these custom script wood words made for above the wood ledge. These wood words came 'naked' so I simply gave them a couple quick coats of fusion mineral paint in Coal Black. I love this saying- it can mean so much to so many!

I will admit I was temped to leave these letters au naturale because they are just so pretty!

But I decided that in order to make these words really 'pop' they needed a coat of paint. I simply gave them a quick coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (my go-to) in Coal Black. You could also use craft paint, spray paint- anything works!

I just love this saying- it can mean so much to so many!

I am absolutely in love with how this space turned out! The best part? It was quick and easy and solved a problem fast!

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What was something you realized needed to be updated when you moved into a new home? Share with me in the comments below!

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  1. What a great use of space. I still can't believe that is sharpie ship-lap it looks so real!

    1. Isn't that so crazy! It honestly looks so real even in person!


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