Every day I get up out of bed, head to the door, put on my Hunter boots and trudge out to the chicken coop at first light. Every day I open the door and first trip over the boots and shoes laying just outside the entrance.
The shoes are much easier to keep out of the way but the boots, even thought I try and keep the tidy and tucked out of the way always seem to blow over at some point and block the entrance making them a trip hazard.
Hubby and I had to do a few errands and I told myself once we got back I was going to find some way to corral those boots! While we were out we ran across a garage sale; the first we’ve seen all season and decided to stop.
I found the wooden box for $1 and thought it would make for a nice spot to hide my boots and I knew exactly where to put it. I was so excited that my plan was coming together and things were falling into place. I told hubby I already had a plan for the box, mind you he could care less what I was up to. I always have a brilliant idea, as he calls them, stirring up in my head.
The box was the perfect size to hold my one pair of Hunter boots. I attached it to the outside wall right beside the door with a couple of wood screws, stood back and admire it, and was happy with my purchased. As the day went on the door to the box kept blowing open. We live atop a hill and it’s always windy no matter what the weather.
So my wheels started turning about a latch system to keep the door closed. I knew I didn’t have any such thing in my junk drawers arsenal so I had to think outside the box, no pun intended. I remembered my favorite leather sandals that I couldn’t seem to part with had a buckle on the top that reminded me of a latch.
I grabbed them from my shoe from and started cutting them apart. I figured they were to worn out to wear any longer but I could repurpose them into something new to love. I didn’t quite have all the pieces I needed uncles I used the buckle and I knew I would never take the time to unclasp it over and over again to get into the box so I improvised.
I found a C hook in the junk drawer and decided to use it as part of the closer system. Well what do you know it worked perfectly, it was easy to open and close, and my boots are no longer a trip hazard outside the the door.
Not only was it a cheap fix it’s rustic look fits in perfectly with the cabin and no one is the wiser of what’s hidden behind the door. I have to say I felt quite ingenious coming up with a way to keep the door closed and am happy with the results.