Here is the starting point inside the front door:
Added 1"x4" strips of wood to the wall. I used countersunk screws into the studs since I planned on attaching large coat hooks. It probably wasn't necessary, but with my kids and their fifty pound backpacks it was worth the extra effort. I filled the holes with wood filler, sanded and primed.
Then used two coats of Ultra White Behr Satin.
Installed the bronze coat hooks. I think they were about $3 each.
When visitors come over, they always comment about how interesting it is that I used a door by the front door for my coat hooks. I didn't plan to make it look like a door, but when I look at it I see how much it does. Cool!