Thursday, November 15, 2012

No more falling hall tree.

A few months ago, I decided I needed somewhere to hang coats when cold weather came. I had been using a hall tree but it would get so full of jackets and coats it would fall over. Not only was this a pain it was, also, dangerous for the daycare kids. I was afraid one day it would land on one of them.  
A bit of history on our place.  In the 1940’s and 50”s our house was a duplex, hence two back doors and two front doors. In the winter months we don’t use the back door that is in dining room,now being used as my office. Saves wear and tear on the carpet and energy. The thermostat is in that room and every time a daycare parent came in, the cold air would cause the furnace to come on. So, everyone enters through the garage and then the toy room. That left me just the hall tree in the toy room for coats.
Anyway, we had this old wardrobe that my husband bought home many, many years ago, his place of employment was getting rid of it. We put it in the garage and used it for storage. One day, I got a bug in me and decided I could use it for coats etc in the house. But it was in pretty bad shape. The doors had warped from being in the heat and the cold for years. And the finish was ruined. I took off the doors and sanded the wardrobe with the thought of refinishing it. The wood hadn’t fared well in hot and cold and needed a lot of wood putty to smooth things out. I, also, had to fill all the holes from the hinges, 18 holes in all. After a lot of sanding, I decided   painting it a dark brown would be better than trying to stain it. Came out pretty good. And a daughter inherited the hall tree.

What do you think?

Stay warm.


  1. I think its great and you are very smart and talented!

  2. It looks fantastic, and very practical. It just goes to show that we shouldn't be too quick to get rid of things.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. It is very good to 'meet' you.