we had yet to get any sort of system going for an entryway, and at times the piles could get a little out of hand near this door. (just to the left is the garage door that we use most.)
yes, it's technically part of the kitchen and not any sort of entryway, but it's the best space we had to work with (as our true entryway is across the house and not really used as such). so, first up - some bright orange paint!
i had to look and look for a shelf that would do the trick, and we considered several DIY options too. the main criteria: at least 4 ft long, sturdy, not too sticky-outy since we walk thru the area, and hold all our junk while looking nice. we ended up with this one from pottery barn. i have a love/hate relationship with them - love their stuff, hate their prices. anyway, i forked over the cash this time and have to admit i quite like how it's working out.
this is just a piece of pine wood that we painted "pencil" yellow. the little test containers work awesome for this kind of thing, but i wouldn't really recommend the glidden brand. it was super runny, and i had to do several coats.
added some door pull knobs for spots to hang bags, jackets, whatever, and attached it to the wall beneath the shelf.
wa-lah! love that there's some color in the room now, and that there's a place to keep stuff somewhat organized as it comes into the house.
the shoe rack is something we've had for a while from IKEA, and it has stood up to being sat on (haha) by 2 little munchkins.
like everything in our house, i'm sure there'll be tweaks here and there - but for now, i'm completely happy with this arrangement and i'm loving having some color in the kitchen!