A loooong time ago I blogged about needing to make our mud room more functional. Two years later, we are finally making some progress. Yes, I did say at the time that this was going to be the first house project I attempted, and yes, I HAVE made progress on many other things in the past 2 years, including growing a whole new little person. We’ll ignore for now that said whole new little person is now 18 months old (where DOES the time go?) and I’m just now getting to this project. Ahem.
Anyway, here are a couple of before photos, if you don’t want to bother reading the original post linked above. The walls were a flat sage-y green/gray/brownish color (depending on the light) and we had one little rack of 5 hooks to hang coats, scarves, snowsuits, etc. for lots of kids. We had some (ugly) black plastic milk crates on the floor for hats, gloves, etc.
I wish I had some before pictures that showed what it looked like after everyone had played outside in the snow–boots (in puddles) all over the floor, snow suits and coats piled on the hooks and sliding off onto the floor–it was a MESS!
Here’s what we’ve done so far:
We repainted in a warmer, brighter color and used semi-gloss paint, both to make cleaning easier and to protect the walls more from wet things being hung on the hooks. We replaced that dinky little bar with 5 hooks with a nice shelf and hooks we made from two 10″x1″ hardwood boards, cut to size, stained and varnished, then mounted with antiqued corner braces and hooks from Hobby Lobby. It’s hard to tell the length from the photos, but this takes up most of the wall length, and gives us essentially 24 hooks (6 pieces with 4 hooks on each piece) and a shelf above for storage.
Here it is with all the coats and snow suits hanging on it…they all fit, and nothing falls off onto the floor. Yay! My original intent was to do wicker baskets on the shelf for hats and gloves (as you can see in the photo) but it turns out this plan doesn’t work very well. None of the kids except the oldest 2 can reach the baskets, so I have to put all the hats and gloves away after they drop them on the floor. I’m thinking about hanging something on the opposite wall (narrow mesh baskets, perhaps?) for the hats and gloves. Anyone have any ideas?
Once I get the gloves and hats storage off the shelf, I can use that shelf for decorative stuff instead.
The rubber boot trays do a great job containing any melting snow, so that the floor stays drier. And for all of the non-boot shoes, we bought this little cubby shelf at Lowes:
It sits just inside the door, and is the perfect place for all of the kids’ sneakers, etc. to be stored. We’ve had that for a few months now, and we’re almost to the point where most of the kids remember to put their shoes in it.
So there you have it…step one of our mud room improvements. So far, it is much more organized and usable than it was before! I’d love to hear what y’all think…and if you have any ideas for storing those pesky hats and gloves!