Our new mudroom…

Our dining room has a closet which we have always called our “coat closet,”  but it has always really just been a mish-mash of all sorts of crud that we don’t know where to put anywhere else.  There were art supplies, a file cabinet, all of this stuff that used to be in our desk, when we had a desk, all sorts of bags and back packs, etc.  To say the least, it was stuffed to the gills and almost completely unusable.  Add to that the fact that we have no where to put coats easily and the girls’ coats are comepletely inaccessible to them when they are in there and it was clear to us that we needed to overhaul this closet.  My mom found the most brilliant idea in her copy of Better Homes and Gardens (which I unfortunately can’t seem to find to link here) to make a coat closet into a mud room.  Below is our version.

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We have about 10 hooks all along the wall which is plenty for all of us to hang everything we need on a daily basis. Below the bench we have three bins with boots, grocery shopping bags, and backpacks in them. The bench is plywood that has been painted and then I covered a foam pad with outdoor canvas fabric for the seat. You can’t see it, but on the right side we put a cute little green bug light from Ikea up to illuminate the whole place. There are wicker baskets on the shelf above the hooks (which you can’t see in this picture, labelled with our first initials, and that is where we store our hats, mittens, scarves, etc. Then, you also can’t see this, but there is another shelf above that that has bins of all of our office supplies and our files on it.

We love our new “mudroom!” Clara loves to play in it and call it her cottage. The bench frequently is covered with books that she is “reading” to her babies. So cute!

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4 Responses to “Our new mudroom…”


  1. 1 Karen January 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    TaDah! you did it, Looks great, I know the whole family participated in it, great job to all 4 of you.

  2. 2 Purple Pixie in Dixie January 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I love this!! I hadn’t even read anything — just looked at the photo — and I already knew that I want to do this myself!
    Our front door opens right into the living room, so we don’t have an “entryway”. I’ve been longing for a mudroom. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you! 🙂

    • 3 mysillylittlelife February 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Our living room is the same way and there is just no where to put anything so when the kids actually take their shoes and coats off they just drop them where ever. This has been a brilliant solution in our house.

  3. 4 Faye Wolfe February 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Hi,

    Not sure you’d see the comment I left about the Shipping Box Tree, so I’m commenting here, too. I’m the Letters Editor at FamilyFun and I’m interested in possibly mentioning your blog in our Mailbox section. Can you please contact me asap? faye.wolfe@meredith.com

    Thanks.


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