When we renovated our basement a year and a half ago we decided to section off part of it to become a mudroom. The basement connects to the garage and driveway (and it’s where we enter and exit the house 99% of the time) so we knew that having a space to hang jackets, kick off boots, etc…would be ideal. Here are a few pics of the space the way it’s looked up until now.
Cute enough, I guess. Pretty pillows, nice photo of the kids, even some flowers. Problem is…
IT’S NOT A MUDROOM!
Mudrooms have hooks and bins and cubbies and, well…STUFF!! Right?
So what happened to my so called ‘mudroom’? Well, I’ll tell you what happened. The design freak in me completely took over and all practicality went straight out the window! I was way too focused on how everything looked and not focused enough on how it would function. This was a mistake.
This week we decided to change things up and make the space more like a real ‘mudroom’ and less like a foyer. Here’s what we did:
I had our carpenter cut two pieces of poplar and add this nice design around the edges to dress them up a bit. After I primed, painted and hung them (well, I didn’t actually hang them but I did hold the level a few times!) I added a total of 9 hooks. This is the part of the project I’m most excited about. (Yes, I said it. I’m all excited about hooks. Think someone needs a life??)
I also added a few smaller hooks using 3M Command Strips (no holes in the walls!) for our baseball caps. Grown-up caps up top and kiddos below where they’re reachable.
The umbrella stand is actually a wooden vase I picked up at Target (here). It was inexpensive and just the right size. I also like the way the wood compliments the bench and mirror.
The chest (which got a little make-over here) is actually a really practical item and holds tons of hats and mittens, etc…during the winter months. During the summer it’s where we keep the sun block, bug spray, sunglasses and dog leashes It works hard for us. The mirror above was a HomeGoods find and is the place where I give myself the ‘final check’ in the morning before running out the door (which I seriously need to do more often).
I found the sconces on Craig’s List for a steal and was told they came from a restaurant owned by one of the Red Sox. Cool!
One smart thing we did when we renovated the space was incorporate a big closet with a built-in shoe rack. It’s a super useful space and holds a lot but I find it works better for the adults than the kiddos. At least at this stage.
The bench was a TJ Maxx find and, while I like having a place to sit and put on shoes, I’m wondering if it’s going to get in the way of jackets, etc… Might have to replace it with something smaller. We’ll see. I had also planned to re-cover it in a print I showed you here but, ultimately, it seemed a little too busy.
I love this cute black & white rugby striped bin I found at the Container Store. You can buy it here.
Cute boots for the cuties
So, there you have it! Our “real” Mudroom! Hope you like it!
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