Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DIY cheap makeshift mudroom

When we moved into this house a year and a half ago, I did not forsee this problem. Our garage door opens up into our living room, and there isn't much of a landing space. When last winter hit, I found myself and the kids tracking in tons of snow, water and mud, right onto our white carpet. Yikes! I really wanted to put a cute end table in this corner. But functionality always wins at my house. So, I came up with this cheap makeshift mudroom. 

It's the perfect place for sitting down, unlacing our shoes and boots, hanging our coats, and storing our gloves, bags, backpacks, etc. Plus, our house doesn't have a fireplace, and I really wanted a mantle to decorate for holidays. So now I have a cute little "ledge" to decorate.

Here's the BEFORE and AFTER.

I got the ledge and Fleur de Lis hooks all on sale at Hobby Lobby. I had a coupon for the storage ottoman from Target. The rug and basket are from Wal-Mart. It's really nothing too fancy, but it totally fixed the problem!

One little tip... when I nailed the hooks to the wall, the nailhead stood out really bad, so I just colored it with a black sharpie to blend it in.


  1. Stopping by from the Grow your blog {blog Hop}! http://queenofsavings.com

  2. Found you from the blog hop too :0)

    Great improvement. White carpet! You must have the patience of a saint.

    Hope that you pop by today and check out my photography class and giveaway :0)

  3. What a very cute look you created! I love those hooks! We totally need a mud room as well!

  4. Found you at the Blissful & Domestic Blog hop! I NEED something like this for my house. In our old house, Our door opened up right into the living room (no foyer) so I can totally relate. We have a foyer now but it is tiny and this looks very functional. I'm a new follower. I've added your blog to my link party list Would love it if you would follow back.

  5. This is SO smart for the people like me who don't have a mudroom!! Great idea, Rach! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  6. Great fix!! It looks really nice. I'd love for you to share this at my link party.

  7. Amazing result! I love how you designated the space w/the bench & hooks. You're smart!

  8. I love your before and after shot, lol. Awesome use of this space - very pretty and practical. I would be thrilled if you would share this at our Link It Up Thursday party going on until Monday. http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/2012/02/link-it-up-thursday-8.html

    I am also a new linky follower. :)

  9. Doesn't organizing feel great? I loved your tip about coloring the nail!

  10. It looks wonderful. I never would have thought of that. Glad that you found an inbetween. It makes all the difference to have a nice, tidy system.

  11. Love a good before and after - and having a place for everything!

  12. This has inspired me more than any other project I've seen! I love those hooks!


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♥Rach H