WW: DIY mini mudroom

I subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens. There I said it. I traded my Cosmo and Glamour subscriptions for home improvement, cooking and child centered magazines about a year ago. I have to say when Addison was still a baby I tried to read my Cosmos and really they just made me feel bad about myself so I decided to switch them out for something more constructive. I have to say I'm glad I did because I have gotten some great ideas and lots of new recipes from them.
I saw a closet, mini mudroom makeover in the latest edition of Better Homes and Gardens (actually my husband pointed it out to me, oh yeah he reads them also!) and I knew that would be perfect for us. We don't really have a designated entryway place to put bags and shoes and other odds and ends that always end up near the front door.
So last weekend we decided to tackle the closet.
I spared you the actual closet packed to the max photo, lets just say I made a very big trip to the Goodwill after we went through the closet.

All of that stuff sitting in front of the closet was only just a 1/4 of the stuff that was in it, and the clothes bar was removed too.
Then we painted the inside of the closet the same color as the walls in the living room.

We put the top shelf back in and added 3 prong hooks all around the closet to hold bags, jackets and any other hanging things.

The hubs put in a shelf/bench thing and we added containers to the top for our random odds and ends and the containers on the bottom for shoes and Addison's outside stuff (ie bubbles and chalk and balls and stuff).

I am still planning on making a cushion for the bench to match the fabric on our couch. So far it has been really useful and has cut down a lot on the clutter that was next to the front door. Not to mention I think it cost us about $75 bucks total!

13 comments:

Sarah said...

That is so awesome!! I love it!! If our next house has a closet I am soooo doing this. :)

Kaitlyn said...

I iwish we had a closet like that! I can't wait to move and get a new house!!! I want to do this!

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Savingwith Saveone said...

I like this WW. I like the photos, very nice!!

Seeing Each Day said...

What a great make over - go Better Homes and Gardens! That's such a sensible and practical make over. Well done - thanks for the inspiration too.

Pieni Lintu said...

That looks so nice!

Kimberly said...

That looks great! I love the baskets! We, too, have the problem of stuff ending up by the front door. And unfortunately we don't have a closet nearby to use. My husband put a coat rack and shelves in the basement for the kids (mainly) to use, but as kids often do, they need to be reminded of it regularly. :)

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Joanna said...

We so need one of these in our next house! Such a clever idea!!

Gina Kleinworth said...

I absolutely love this idea & wish I could do one of my own. Your's came out beautifully! You know- oddly enough- our house was built without a coat closet. Isn't that strange? Nowhere to put the coats.

I hear you about the magazines. I have about 40 subscriptions to all different kinds- but I have to say, I am thinking about getting rid of the ones you mentioned because I subscribed for the fashion & beauty & all I really get is a whole lot of adult content. So much so that I have to hide them from the kids & I really don't like that. Disappointing.

Gretchen said...

Oh love this! Well done!! I'm kind of behind on my magazine flipping... you've inspired me to catch up! =)

Cedar said...

That is super cool! It would work really well for our small entry way...though I showed my husband and he just said, "that's nice." So we'll see.

cassandrasminicorner said...

That is so cool! Thank's for sharing:)

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Branson said...

Great idea! I made a similar change in my mag subscriptions, lol

Lily said...

That looks lovely! Im so inspired!

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