The DIY Mudroom Closet post first appeared in February of 2015 when I was brand spanking new to the blog world and took some very terrible pictures!
That being said, the ideas are still good and you can build your own snow & mudroom in your entryway too!
I live in a funny little house. It’s a 1960’s rambler that was originally a summer vacation home. We are the first owners to live in it year round and boy can you tell! When Big Jon took a job in this area and we needed to find a home the housing market was not good. I had been to the area house hunting a few times and we really needed to purchase when Big Jon found our Funny Little House. He said to me something like, “It’s an interesting house and I know you will have fun decorating it.”
Thus began the adventure.
Please excuse the picture quality here. Big Jon took these years ago with an old phone, never dreaming that one day they would appear on the blog!
This is the original view from the front door. See that closet on the right? That is what we are dealing with today. I have always wanted a mud room and a bench. This entry does not have room so let’s make room… in the closet!
You can do it! A DIY mudroom closet!
On a side note, the original flooring in the entryway was this:
It really is beautiful tile work, if you love American Eagles. I, however, wanted something a bit different. I got this interesting, quirky tile dirt cheap. Love CraigsList!
Anyway, back to the closet. Using Ana White as my inspiration – always a good go-to plan… I designed a bench for the closet. I wanted to make sure that it was not only sturdy but tall enough for Favorite Third Son’s ice fishing boots to fit underneath. Attention to details of the family is very important 🙂
It was really just a matter of locating the studs, building the frame, and creating the bench! Thank you, Ana White for the great tutorial!
I also added some shelves into the little nook area in the back just for fun. Now time for paint! As you can see there are lots of colors to choose from in the tile. I love red! So I went with a dark Indian Red on the wall. I also decided to try my hand at stenciling. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
Being that I am pretty crafty, one might assume that I could build myself a cabinet to hide the duct work, but no. That is way beyond my current skills.
However, I do know how to use a phone and write a check so my carpenter friend built me an awesome cabinet!
I picked up some great wool fabric for the cushion, a few cute things for the shelves, some Waterhog Mats for the boots… What do you think of the finished space? A DIY mudroom closet!
I love it! Room for boots, coats, dog leashes. It’s pretty, functional, and I have stopped misplacing my purse too 🙂