DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before & After!}

Holla! I hope you had a great weekend! I had a busy one finishing up a project that I’m SO excited to share with y’all today! First, a little secret that I haven’t told you yet…we are planning to move back to the country to my Memaw’s house–back to the farm where I grew up. We are just waiting for the details to fall into place for that. So…I did this project at that house as a Lowe’s Creative Ideas guest blogger!

You may be wondering what exactly a “drop space” is. It is exactly like what it sounds…a place to drop your stuff when you come in the door. Instead of having keys here, phones there, chargers in another place and oh, my husband’s wallet that migrates from one place to the next, this drop space is the ticket to a more peaceful home. ;)

DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before and After} |

You MUST see the “before” to truly understand how amazing the transformation is!

Wall Collage

It was quite a process to prepare the wall. I’ll definitely be sharing how I got wallpaper off of the paneling. It was…fun. Not really. ;) But I really enjoyed stenciling. Isn’t it cool? The herringbone stencil is from Royal Design Studio and I used Valspar paint sample pots for the paints.

DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before and After} |

I’m absolutely, positively thrilled with how this space came together! Let me show you how I did it…

DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before and After} |

I found the wood rail with hooks at Lowe’s. I really loved the color, the distressed wood and the hooks and name plates. This piece was the springboard inspiration for my drop space.

We built two wood shelves with decorative brackets. My husband assisted me because I was busy prepping the wall. :)

Shelf Collage

1. I had Lowe’s cut a 6′ x 7″ board into two 33″ lengths.

2. We stained the wood with Rust-oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona. It was really simple and easy to do with just one coat!

3. We had to hunt for black head screws to attach the decorative brackets to the wood. We finally found these Hillman hinge screws in the drawers at Lowe’s.

4. Then we attached the decorative brackets to the wood flush at the back and 2.5″ inches in from the ends.

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The shelf installation was relatively simple. Oh, how I adore the Allen+Roth storage baskets. They are the perfect size! I labeled the baskets with little tags. There’s a basket for iPhones & iPads, one for Chargers & Adapters and one for Pens & Paper. Note: the wood architectural salvage piece is from Southern Accents.

DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before and After} |

I put pretty flowers in a hanging container on Cameron’s hook.

DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before and After} |

I accessorized the space with many items that I already had on hand, along with some of Memaw’s things that are still at the house. The butter churn, the chair and the black tray on the shelf behind the baskets were hers. I love the truly vintage touch. :)

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Let’s review the before & after one last time, just for fun!

DIY Drop Space {Amazing Before and After} |

Do you have any idea how excited I am to have this part of life organized? No more hunting for keys when we’re ready to walk out the door! No more searching for a phone charger. Bliss.

Tell me, people…do you have a drop space in your home? If you don’t, it’s simple to create your own DIY Drop Space!



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  1. Love the drop space Myra!! I am getting a bench that I plan to paint turquoise to put in the back hall at my house. I want to use it to put my purse on as I come in the door. Also a place to keep things that need to be mailed, books for the library etc!!
    Arlene Grimm@ Nanaland´s last blog post ..Fun with Friends

  2. Myra, your new drop space looks wonderful!! I’m so excited that you’ll be moving into your Memaw’s house–what a blessing that will be for your whole family, I know.

    We DO have a drop space, although it’s not as pretty as yours. :) Our back hallway leading in from the garage has a hook for each boy as well as one for me–a great place for backpacks, jackets, etc.

    Honestly, I think I need to go to my Lowe’s store and just browse the aisles. We shop at Lowe’s often for hardware, spray paint, wood, light fixtures, etc.–but I had no idea they stocked items like the wood rail with hooks or those great baskets.
    Richella at Imparting Grace´s last blog post ..Soul Care Sunday

  3. Love this and how it looks new and yet like it could have been there for years! Congrats on your moving plans. How special to get to move to a house with so much history and meaning.

  4. I am soo happy for you Myra ….I hope all the details fall into place quickly and u can start packing :) Love your drop space! We (my husband mostly ;) made lockers (the ones you see all over pinterest) and they are absolutely life-savers!!! Love them! :) Thx for sharing!!!

  5. I LOVE it!! The stencils is to die for. And I love all the little details. STUNNING!
    Stacy Risenmay´s last blog post ..Transform your Home’s Backyard

  6. Love Lowe’s! Camon and I have gone there just to get out of the house sometimes :) He looooves the ceiling fan section! I’m always tempted to come out with a lot more than I should :)

    This looks FABulous. I love how you updated all the things that might have looked dated but you kept the chair rail and paneling at the bottom. There’s enough old to remind you of what it’s always been and enough new to make it personalized. And such exciting news! Happy moving :)
    Diana´s last blog post ..A New Way to Incubate Homemade Yogurt

  7. That’s amazing. I love redoing older spaces. You did great job with this one.
    Diana Lesire Brandmeyer´s last blog post ..I Scream for Ice Cream

  8. Absolutely LOVE it!! Turned out so good!!! :-D

  9. Kathy Mader says:

    This turned out extra great! I think it’s wonderful that you will live in your grandmother’s house. WOW! And be closer to your parents. Maybe this will be your permanent home! YAY!

  10. So gorgeous…love this!! You did an amazing job and it turned out awesome!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Adrienne Reina´s last blog post ..Worship Wednesday

  11. Love your new drop space! And how exciting that you guys get to move again! ;-) No, I’m so happy that you will live in your Memaw’s house. That’s a wonderful way to honor her…

    I especially love the herringbone stencil treatment! Is it only on that one wall as an accent?
    Sondra @´s last blog post ..The Bride’s Corner- A Lovely Wedding Vignette

  12. This is a great space…I love the hanging vase and the yard sticks…and the stencil is amazing. I would love for you to share at my blog party this week :-)
    Shawna @DakotaCreekChic´s last blog post ..Update: Woodfiller on Farmhouse Table

  13. Myra, a love the idea of a “drop space” and wow, do I need one! Yours looks just beautiful and this is great inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing – pinning and sharing on my FB page today! Have a happy Tuesday!
    Cindy Eikenberg´s last blog post ..Frozen Lemon Soufflé and A Happy Announcement!

  14. What a transformation! I LOVE the herringbone and the colors. I can hardly wait for your tutorial on how to remove wallpaper from panelling because that is currently my whole bedroom. Ack!

  15. My family is in such need of an organized drop space! I love your hook hook idea for the keys too! I’m inspired to get working on it! Thanks Myra!
    Kim @ Sand & Sisal´s last blog post ..Can Plumbing Be Sexy?

  16. looks great, myra! love the tribal arrows too!

  17. I love the wall!! I thought it was wallpaper. Was the stencilling hard? How long did it take to do? What colors did you use? I want to do this in my home. Thanks for inspiring me!

  18. Myra,
    I love the new drop space – you did a wonderful job! I don’t currently have a drop space, but need one! This is definitely inspiration. I really all of the organization ideas, and I especially love the chair and the butter churn & yard sticks! Congratulations on the moving plans!
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Oh my goodness this is genius! I have already planned my spot to do something like it. It hit me like a bolt of lightening….”WHY have I never done this before?!” Thanks for the inspiration. Lisa~

  20. “I” have my drop spot for things so I can find my keys and purse easier when I need to go places. BUT I love this vintage idea and it has a purpose. I do have a hard time finding chargers when I need them too. Hmmmm…..wheels are turning.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. This is just amazing! And what news! I am new to actually reading your story. I’ve seen you around in some of my DIY fb groups, but I thought I’d say hi today. I’m a mom to 5 kids, (3 siblings are by adoption and my husband is a part time worship leader as well as my DIY handyman and a painting contractor. I’ve actually signed up for your emails which is something I rarely do because I just don’t have time to keep up with everybody! Something about you grabbed me and I just wanted you to know that. I hope our paths cross in the future. Haven, maybe?
    Marty Walden´s last blog post ..Summer 2013 Showcase of Homes is at my House!

    • Myra Hope says:

      Oh Marty! I’m thrilled to hear from you! I was *just* on your blog earlier and thought you looked like a kindred spirit! I hope to see you at Haven!! xo

  22. This is a great space! Can I ask where you got the cute hanging glass vase with the turquoise paint on it?

  23. A night and day difference! The project completely brightens up the area. I love the stenciling, and all the cute baskets. Projects like this are so great because they do so much to add value to the livability of the space and the resale value of the home.
    Gerber Construction´s last blog post ..The Most Expensive Building in the World?

  24. Wow! What an amazing transformation! I am in desperate need of a drop space. I have the perfect place for it. You have inspired me to do something like this!
    Kathy´s last blog post ..Fried Rice & Egg Rolls

  25. This is a really cute space. So smart! I love the stencil too :-)
    Shawna @DakotaCreekChic´s last blog post ..DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Cheese Tray

  26. I love the allover brocade. I could use it in multiple applications.


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