I have always wanted a mudroom but none of the four houses Tim and I have lived in have been able to accommodate one.
This one doesn't either, unless you think outside the
We realized we had some extra storage space one side of the garage, so we hung hooks there, stored a dresser for me to rehab (eventually), and used a beloved old church pew that belonged to my mom as a place to put backpacks.
It worked well for us, but after a year I had visions of something more, something drool-worthy that would make our lives more organized and would increase the value of the house when it's time to sell by blinding the buyers to the fact that there is no coat closet inside.
Here's the before:
Here's the after:
I wish I had used a decent camera instead of my phone, but trust me.
And the workmanship is outstanding.
Maybe I'll post better pics with better lighting tomorrow, if I think you'll indulge me more mudroom pics without unsubscribing entirely.
And speaking of more pics, how about one of these narrow shelves by the door that hold sunscreen, ball caps, compact umbrellas, and the dog leash? Two of those baskets are empty, just waiting to hold something!
Or these four lockers, with storage for shoes below, and hats/gloves above? The very top shelves are too high for stuff we use every day, so I put some of Jack and Margaret's artwork up there for the time being.
Here's one of Jack's Yankees hats that I wear at every opportunity.
Who doesn't love a bin? I was going to buy baskets or galvanized tubs for the shoes, but they were pretty expensive. When I found exactly seven of these green rubber bins on clearance at Target for 4.18 each, I knew what to do!
And what about soccer?
Another high shelf gets this sign from our old kitchen, plus my grandma's corn pitcher.
I spray painted baskets that I already had around the house.
These two don't quite match because I got them new at Michaels.
One reason I don't need to fill all my new shelves with ugly stuff like weed killer and paint cans is that we already had three HUGE cabinets with sliding doors in the front of the garage.
One is for gardening supplies, one for sports equipment, and one for coolers, vases, trays, small appliances, and party supplies.
Here's a closer look at them. Because they offer closed storage, I don't worry too much about keeping them organized. Does a shop vac count as "party supplies?"
Those big cupboards gave me the freedom to keep the new built-ins wide open.
I'm in LOVE.
To be honest, I must confess that in the dead of winter I will be keeping my coat inside the toasty house.
So what do YOU think?