Day 31- Hospitality, Compromise, and a DIY Entry Hall Coat Rack

The Write 31 Days Challenge – 31 Days,Every Day,One Topic

Day 31

(day 1 starts here)

I did it 🙂 I’ve written a blog post every single day for 31 days straight! Honestly, it’s been somewhat stressful because the writing process does not come quickly for me and it’s kept me from getting to a lot of other pressing projects.

I’ve felt led by God to share our story for a long time but I started and stopped many times when good intentions gave way to discouragement. Enter The Write 31 Days challenge, which made writing our story more doable than a whole book.

The wicked fall and are destroyed. The righteous stumble or fall, and get back up. Prov. 24:16 Click To Tweet This! As I’ve written in my story I did a whole lot of falling, but I’m thankful that when I did God didn’t let me stay face down in the mud but picked me up, cleaned me off, and set me on my feet again.


If you didn’t get a chance to read the story Day 1 of My Life is Not a Hallmark Movie begins right HERE.

And now for today’s DIY project!

By wisdom a house is built, through understanding it is established, through knowledge it's rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4 Click To Tweet As I said on an Instagram post where I shared this photo, our homes don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful and the rare and beautiful treasures are actually the people who fill our home.

Since we have opened the doors of our new home to many friends, both old and new, I thought it fitting that this final post of the 31 days be another DIY. A simple entry hall coat rack made with things scored from Mr. OTN’s basement stash.

With a smaller house comes a bit less storage and our guest closet immediately filled up with my husband’s coats.  Coats are his thang, so not only did he fill the closet I’d designated for our guests but our master closet has a whole section of coats and he’s filled another small media closet that we added to the bedroom with even more coats.Honestly, I have a hard time understanding the need for so many coats since we don’t wear them here in SC more than a few months out of the year, but I’ve chalked it up to trauma. The after effects of living in a very rainy location for much of his life.

And since I’ve learned that I can’t control Mr. OTN, in much the same way he’s finally learned that he can’t control me, I decided to come up with a place for our guests to hang their coats, or hats, or pretty baskets of flowers, as they come in the door. I always welcome pretty baskets of flowers coming in the door 😉

I color washed this 8′ long board with two different shades of gray that I had on hand and finished it off with a wash of Sherwin Williams Alabaster. No sealer was needed as the paint was all latex. For complete instructions on how to do a color wash I’ve created this tutorial called A Color Wash in Layered Greys

I found eight pretty hooks that I screwed into the board and voila! A good source for hooks like these is Habitat for Humanity, and if you can’t find the right color there, a can Rustoleum spray paint is your best friend. Hobby Lobby is also a good source for a large variety of inexpensive hooks.

The rest of the project was up to Mr. OTN, who found the studs in the wall and attached the board with six wood screws which I covered with some of the paint to make them blend in.After spending this past month reliving and telling my (our) I am more grateful than ever that I have my husband by my side. We are a team through thick and thin and no matter what comes our way we always find our way through to the laughter. Eventually 🙂 🙂 🙂

A BIG thank you to every one who took the time to read this series. I will be heading off on a vacation with friends this next week but you can count on me to be back when I return to share more day-to-day life here at Old Things New.

Blessings dear friends,

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