Mudrooms – Entry Way Storage and Organization

{Better Homes and Gardens} Have you dreamed about a separate room to house all the coats, shoes, backpack, etc. etc. that your family brings home? I dream of a mudroom that looks fabulous but still meets all my families needs.  Mudrooms have become more than just a place to hang your coat.  What about adding a potting bench, desk or even a sewing machine. {Better Homes and Gardens} You can squeeze a practical mudroom into tiny spaces like: entryways Hallways closets Pantry or even a free standing Armoire Using the items you have like mirrors, hooks, baskets, and even a chair or bench.  Even  a tiny entry could do, by hanging a mirror, install a small shelf under the mirror and place a bench under the shelf with a basket under the bench.   Squeezing and stacking … [Read more...]

No Mud Room…No Problem! Turn a Closet Into a Mini Mud Room

As anyone who lives in a snowy climate knows, mud rooms are essential. If your house doesn't have a mudroom here's a great idea. Ingenuity to the rescue! Try converting a coat closet into a mini mud room. This doesn't eliminate any storage, and may actually make the space more usable. Steps to create a coat-closet mini mud room: To add charm, try lining the space with bead board. Add hooks for coats and bags. Add a bench, but leave a cubby at the bottom for a basket to hold shoes. Don’t have the perfect basket? Use a laundry basket – they’re easy to clean! This particular cushion was made with an old crib mattress – cut it in half using an electric carving knife and cover in fabric. (What? You don't have an old crib mattress laying around? Foam pads can be … [Read more...]