I did this MONTHS ago, and forgot to share. :o)
I found a little wooden framed cork board at the Value Village thrift store in Fairbanks this winter for a cool $4. It was missing a hook and was a little dinged up, but I knew it could be gussied back up and be useful again. :o)
So first thing I did was prime it, then paint it white. I primed with a sponge brush, then used newspaper to cover the cork board, and spray painted it white.
I didn't want to use just any old tacks, so I bought some generic tacks (which were harder to find than I thought!) with a plan in mind. I used a little bit of sand paper to rough up the painted surface, then put on a dab of superglue. Next I attached a random assortment of buttons I picked out. I have 3 tins of buttons from my grandmother; I don't think she ever found a button she didn't like and kept every extra button from every shirt, coat, or pant suit owned!
I found a key rack bar on clearance at Target (somewhere in the $2 - $3 range) and decided to keep to the wood look (it tied in with the wood pieces in the living room). Screwed that on, then up on the wall it went! I must say, I have spent less time looking for my keys since I put this up. :o) It's also nice to put outgoing mail into, so it doesn't get lost somewhere on my kitchen counter. Yikes...
I had more plans to maximize this ITTY BITTY space behind the door. So I made a really fancy workstation (again, one of those moments where you go, "gosh, a garage with a work bench would be pretty awesome") but hey, it worked just fine! I had some left over baseboard from the built ins, and thought it would be a good size for under the cork board.
So, I painted it white then screwed it into the two studs in that wall. Next, I put up 4 oil rubbed bronze hooks from Lowe's. They were actually probably the more expensive items in this project... I decided to use two prints (they're actually greeting cards) I bought at Gulliver's (favorite little Fairbanks bookstore!) and put them in matching frames.
Here's a close up of the button pins.
Some kinda neat buttons, huh? I wonder what that rose one went on...
Voila! A little entrance coat rack and mail station in the tiniest space behind the door! I see all these awesome mud rooms and entrances on blogs and pinterest, but I just don't have that kind of entry. You open the door and hello! you are in my living room. :o)
I'm still toying with the idea of adding wainscoting under the coat hooks... I have some, but think I'll wait to see what I do with the baseboards and rest of the room first. :o)