You already know that Ryan doesn’t like Christmas.
I don’t approve. But I’ve grown to (almost) accept.
You may know that he also hates to shop.
So, because I’m a wonderful wife and I believe in a peaceful household, I take these facts into consideration when it comes to gift giving. When he asks what I want, I tell him something I want him to make for me.
See? I’m so kind.
This year, when he asked me what I wanted, I knew. I wanted some sort of solution for the “drop zone” in the barn apartment. This is how it looked (for 35 seconds for this photo) at Christmastime.
The hooks were great. (They were a local find from Urban Farmhouse/Reclaimed Salvage.) Since we have most of our coats/shoes/outerwear downstairs, it was really only intended to store a few bags and Henry’s coat. That’s more than what we really need up here anyhow, but practicality dictates that there be a spot for it.
Underneath the hooks, we store Henry’s toys (that he never plays with because he only plays with trains). The baskets look okay here, but in reality, it was a hot mess all the time. Henry couldn’t really see his toys to play with them. And they stuck out enough from the wall that there wasn’t much room for our shoes.
Because, that’s right, this is also where our shoes went. (I have a strict ONLY ONE PAIR OF SHOES UPSTAIRS rule for each of us.) But, when the space is this small, three pairs of shoes in the middle of the floor makes me go insane.
Fine. So here’s what it kind of looked like most of the time. Although this is really pared down, too. Only one pair of shoes. And usually there are a few coats.
Anyhow, this space was making me crazy. Because the apartment is so small, every little area needed to be efficient. And this wasn’t efficient. Add to this the fact that it was the first thing I saw when I entered the space?
Drove. Me. Nuts.
So, I asked for a storage solution custom made for this space.
My inspiration – Storagepalooza from Land of Nod.
They are actually on sale right now, and I don’t think the price is at all out of line for the quality.
However, the size wasn’t exactly right for our space. And I wanted a rustic wood tone for the feel of the barn.
Here’s what he came up with.
I love this area so so much now.
It makes the entire area look so much better. More put together and organized. Now Henry can actually see his toys. And our shoes are out of the way so we don’t trip on them. (And all of the other bags and coats were in the car for this photo so it looks extra good.)
Because this was my gift, I have no progress pictures. (The joke’s on you because I never have my act together to get progress photos.)
Ryan didn’t really use any tutorial. I do know that he used pine 1x12s and it only took him a couple hours to cut and assemble.
The pine didn’t stain as well as I had imagined – but they still look great and blend well with the other wood.
And they actually hold a lot of stuff. And even though you can see the mess – it’s all contained. And since they are only about 12 inches deep, they don’t take up precious floor space or get in the way when we are coming and going.
So that’s our new, practical little addition to the barn. I think it’s improving my quality of life. Which in turn helps my family’s quality of life. And world peace.
It’s always about world peace.