Closet Converted Mudroom

In effort to streamline our home and reduce clutter {coats, shoes, and bags} from the main area of our home I decided to remove the closet doors in our laundry room and convert it to a mudroom.  I wanted an area that was easy for us to put our things away in when we first walked into our home through the garage.  I knew it needed to be easy for our girls to use and fairly simple and quick for us to build.  Must haves included hooks, a bench and lots of baskets.

We removed the door frame and added new 1×4’s to give it less of a closet feel.  We smooth out all of the walls by filling any holes with putty and sanding the wall smooth.  Chris reused the original shelf in the closet, but added a ledge to it and a board below it.  We also added corbels for a decorative element.  1×4’s were used to create board and batten.  Chris built a bench at a height that was comfortable for both the girls and I.  Well, just Adalyn and I.  Aniston won’t be putting on her own shoes for a while!  I painted it a bright white in semi-gloss for a clean look and hooks were added to complete the project.
Are you sure you’re ready for this?

The before:
I decided I wanted a little something different from the standard wicker baskets.  I love the wire ones I chose because it will be easy to see what is in each.  We each have our own basket for accessories and miscellaneous items that used to get tossed onto the kitchen countertops.

The pillow was repurposed from our living room in our old home.

Below the bench is the perfect nook for our wellies.  We removed the linoleum floor tiles and cleaned up the concrete floor. Then we painted it with a charcoal grey concrete floor paint in high gloss for easy cleaning.  No longer will I have anxiety over the dirt, salt and rain on our beautiful hardwoods.

Cost: wood for interior and door frame and nails $175
Hooks $15
Baskets $45
Paint $40
Floor Paint $27

Total cost, $302!

I am so happy with the way it opened up the small space and added more functional space to our home.    To see how it has transitioned for summer and how it works with our laundry room, click here.

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Coordinately yours,


Julie Blanner is the voice behind the stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


  • Reply March 14, 2012


    Love this! Could you tell me the demensions of your closet? I would like to try this but not sure if my closet is deep enough?

  • Reply March 14, 2012


    It looks soooo good! It totally makes me want to rip everything out of my entry way closet!

  • Reply March 15, 2012


    Absolutely amazing transformation! I love everything about it!

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    It is 4′ wide and 2’3″ deep. I highly recommend it, we love it!

  • Reply March 16, 2012


    Wow, such a stunning make-over. Well done!

  • Reply March 20, 2012

    Jaf Gifts

    Looks more awesome than the original design! Great job on this transformation.

  • Really cute and a great idea!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  • Reply March 22, 2012

    Wild Oak Designs

    Oh so cute! What a transformation! It is pure inspiration….thanks.

  • Reply March 28, 2012


    I am currently redoing our laundry room pantries and trying to do this same thing. I have been looking for wire baskets like you have used. Can you please tell me where you purchased them.


    • Reply March 28, 2012

      Coordinately Yours

      Of course! They were a great find at TJ Maxx, however Restoration Hardware has great wire baskets almost identical to these.

  • Reply April 22, 2012

    single wardrobe

    Great job! this looks more awesome than the original design!

  • Reply July 31, 2012


    Nice transformation! Love it!
    …also wanted to mention I that I’m your newest follower and I am also a KC blogger. :)

    Jennifer@Decorated Chaos

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  • Reply January 16, 2015


    Hi! I love your mudroom design and hope to bring it into my own home… Any chance you could give me the dimensions of the bench you made- I have 3 kids and am not sure about height/size etc… Our closets are just about the same size. Thanks for your time!

    • Reply January 16, 2015


      Unfortunately I can’t recall & we since moved, but it was a standar closet size.

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