Some of you might remember back to last March when I decided that we really needed a mudroom in our basement.
I even concocted a plan.
I also decided that the doors and the drawers inside had to go. This is a very narrow hallway and having doors on the lower half wasn’t convenient.
So much better without doors! The inside used to have drawers, but I decided to ditch them and create open shelving for baskets.
Instead of painting the shelves white I did a wash on them mixing the paint with lots of water to create more of a stained look. I didn’t want to have to worry about these baskets scratching the paint since they’ll be getting lots of use.
|yes – those are storm trooper ear muffs, no – you can’t borrow them|
Everybody in the family has their own locker bin and the other baskets are for extra hats, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen – you know, the usual, grab-it-before-you-go essentials. The two large baskets on either side are for shoes; and there are mirrors over each so we can make sure we don’t have anything in our teeth before we head out the door.
The paneled top is set up as a drop spot for keys and pocket change. It’s also perfect for setting my to-go cup of coffee down while I get my coat on and grab what I need.
As you can see this is where the wrapped photo mats went. I used stencils and a sharpie to create some “welcome home” art. I also used an open back frame to display a few of my favorite instagram pics.
So now that the giant chalkboard calendar is done and this built-in bookcase is now the perfect landing spot, I’m ready to tackle number 1 from above – take the doors off the closet and add a bench and bunch of hooks for coats.
I’m 2/3 of the way there to turning these weird narrow hallways into a functional mudroom! Finally I can see the light at the end of the turn-a-hallway-into-a-mudroom tunnel.
Does your family have a landing spot? For those of you who have been around since last year, did you forget about this project?