Closet Converted Mudroom

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Mar 14, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner
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.
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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,