Last week, I showed you how I finally got around to installing basement door trim. What I didn’t show you was this lovely disaster on the wall of the staircase.
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But let me back up and tell you how this not-so-beautiful wall was created.
Our house came with a set of coat hooks, mounted on a board, attached to the wall leading down to the basement.
These bloodthirsty coat hooks were ready to scratch and gouge the arms and eyes of anyone who dared to pass by. The staircase is narrow, so there was no escaping their long, metal arms. They needed to be removed before the stairs resembled a crime scene. One day I was so fed up, I took them down.
Yikes! That’s not much better. I was left with a beat-up scrap of wood that had been attached to the wall at the studs so the hooks wouldn’t fall out of the drywall after they impaled their victims. I thought that if I just removed the board from the wall altogether, I could sand down the rough spots and touch it up with some paint.
I was wrong.
The board had been attached to the wall before the skim coat on the drywall had gone up. So what was underneath was unfinished drywall, with mountains of drywall mud around the edges. Not only that, but when I not-so-gently removed the board, I took a chunk of drywall with it. So now the area by the door looked like this.
At this point, I thought I was in over my head and gave up. It stayed like this for months until I finally got around to doing the door trim. But fixing it was a lot easier than I thought. I attached a new 1×4 board to the wall to cover up the damage, making sure to cut one end to match the angle of the sloped ceiling while the other butts up to the door trim. I caulked the gaps, filled in the screw holes, and painted the board the same color as the wall.
At that point I thought I was done. But with winter weather setting in, we’re getting buried in coats at the front door, especially when guests stop by. We needed those coat hooks back to deal with the overflow. Instead of more dangerous pointy hooks, however, I wanted something that could be folded up when not in use.
I was seriously tempted by these gorgeous options from Umbra (you can find them at the Container Store, or online by clicking the photos). But these coat hooks are already attached to a backer board and I didn’t want to add more bulk to the wall. Plus, I wanted to spread the hooks out a little more along the wall.
On one of my many trips to IKEA, I discovered these BJÄRNUM folding hooks.
These are perfect for the narrow space, and give the empty wall a little bit of interest (without taking away from the TARDIS door at the bottom of the stairs). Screws aren’t included with these IKEA hooks, so you’ll need #8 size screws. I originally bought #10 size, but the head was slightly too big and didn’t allow the hooks to fold up.
Now we can hang coats when we need to, and fold them away when we don’t! And so far no one has been injured by them!
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