Until I heard the youngest say to the eldest on their way out: "When I grow up, I also want a messy house, just like Joost and Marije!" hahaha, ouch!!
The girl was right though. Joost and I are
|tell em, girl!|
A loud crash coming from our garage indicates Joost or me parking our bike into the garage. A few seconds later, the back door slams open, and a redfaced and sweaty Marije (or Joost) stammers indoor ( it's a long bike ride y'know), exclamating a Chewbacca-like sound ('uuurrrhhuuuuugghhh') , and muttering something about "the bloody wind", occasionally accompanied by some complaints about sore muscles or a sore butt ( again: long bike rides!)
The sore-butted culprit ( again Joost or me) then makes his/her way to the kitchen where a working bag is deposited on the kitchen table, and a coat goes flying through the kitchen, to end up on one of the chairs. Not to be moved until the following morning, or in a moment of panic when we have unexpected visitors...
Well, a major part of the problem consisted in the fact that after almost a year living in our new house, we still hadn't installed a proper coat rack.
Tidying may not be my forte, but making stuff certainly is, so I cued the music, and started working on..... ( papapa-dam, papapa-dam...)
a coat rack! ( cue popping ballons and confetti)
Now of course, Anyone can hop on their bike/car/hooverboard and fetch a perfectly fine coat rack at Ikea. But I really dislike settling for perfectly fine, especially when cooler, uniquer and more-eco friendly options are available for free: like tree branches!
Earlier this year, we had to do some serious chopping in several trees in our garden
|I was assigned the important duty of assistant-rope manager while other people were being the real hero's.|
so we still had plenty of long branches laying about. I choose a pretty one, chopped a small bit of, and.. well with that I had done the majority of the work already, whew! :)
Next, I knocked on my wall to see what we were dealing with: yup just what I thought: solid brick wall.
So according to my handyman-flowchart that I drafted for you earlier...
|Yep, I need a percussion drill with a masonry bit, and than a wall plug met a screwdriver thingy!|
I got to work.. drilled a hole, put a wall plug in..
And because I needed something to keep a bit of space between the wall and the brach, I cut small ringlets of a spare copper pipe to use as spacers.
Now, I still had quite a few hooks from our old kitchen to serve as coat hooks, but since the branch was a little too thick, I drilled holes for them.
|And this is where I realize some extra sanding might have been a good idea ;)|
|we're channeling a forest theme here|
|still very much in love with the windows..|
|and those fruit baskets make excellent shoe storage!|
|hey, they were 50 cents!|
|ReUse, yes of course!|
|what do you say? I'm pretty hooked on this make-over ;)|