2.07.2011

Making a Mudroom~

Not long after we moved into this house, I decided that I couldn't live with the boring coat-hook area just inside the back door. So I gift-wrapped it. Here is the area after my papering adventure.




It made the area much happier, and suprisingly, the gift-wrap held up really well. As a matter of fact, it was still in great shape, up until Saturday when I changed it out. As you can see in the above photo, there was a door leading into the kitchen that made the entire area really unusable. Because of that, my kiddos all used the front door as their main entrance. That really bothered me. I couldn't stand the mess of shoes and backpacks littered all over the living room. So one day a few weeks ago, I simply took the door off the hinges. Wow! What a difference that made!

And then I got the idea that I could turn the area into a little mudroom-of-sorts. So for those of you who guessed that I was using the bench in a mudroom....you were right! Luckily, the bench my papa made me fit just right in the space after I removed the door.


But I didn't like the aqua color of the bench with the green wrapping that I had used previously on the wall. So since I had to be home with the kiddos while the hubby was in the emergency room on Saturday, I switched out the paper to a black damask pattern instead, as a way to keep my mind busy while I waited to hear what was going on with John.



It matched well with the Ikea shelf we placed over the bench. (We found it in the as-is section for only $4.99...I think because the hooks were backwards..."so what!" says I.) I added two Ikea shower caddies to hold each of the kiddos gloves and hats...and a cute silver bucket that I found in the dollar spot at Target to hold miscellaneous whatevers.




Because the shelf was quite heavy, we had to mount it to studs which left it off center. So I filled the empty space with the vinyl silhouettes I shared last week. I then topped off the shelf with some Ikea magazine holders ($1.99 for 5) that hold papers..."to do", "bills", and "to file". The basket is from Christmas Tree Shop, and the boot tray under the bench is from Walmart.








On the side of the kitchen cabinets next to the bench, I placed an Ikea magnet board to hold invitations, photos and the kiddos weekly homework assignments. (You can see that we left the hinges attached to the doorway...this is a rental afterall, and I wanted to be able to put the door back on easily when the time comes.)



The spot is a little tight (hence the awkward photos), but it is very usable, and accomplished my desire of having the family use the side door as their main entrance. And it's cute too! So, overall, I'd say "mission accomplished"!
And the "keeping it real" shot for the day...what the coat hooks usually look like on a daily basis. That's life with 4 kiddos. ;-)



Have a great day~

47 comments:

driftwoodesign said...

Great job. I would love to use the original green you did, however my Mr. hates green.

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

THAT TURNED OUT GREAT. LOVE THE IDEA

~K @ VintageSkye said...

So classy! It should make life a little easier too!

A Vintage Vine said...

Look great...the bench adds alot to the area! Hows hubby?...Better I hope!

sweet european dreams said...

love this little space! I'm off to look at your silhouettes now- those are on my seriously-want-to-do list! -diane
http://www.sweeteuropeandreams.com

**Anne** said...

Fantastic!! Where do all those creative ideas come from? I could really do with some. :)
How is your hubby? Is he getting better?
Anne xx

Eva said...

Wow, what a great idea to use the gift wrap for the wall! It looks so nice!
And I really like this aqua coloured bench - it makes this room look so nice!

Eva

gena said...

Wow - what a great transformation and an awesome use of space !!!!

Thanks for sharing !

gena

-Kasey said...

It looks great and really expands the space perfectly!

Designing Domesticity said...

Great look, affordable and useful to boot! Well done. Wish I had more of a mud room...still trying to squeeze one in somewhere! thanks for the inspiration. liz

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That looks really great! Love the shower caddy idea!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Love what you did! I was amazed that you used gift wrap...great idea! I love the keepin it real photo...shows you "live" in your house!

Pattie said...

Gotta love Ilea....very nice.

Pttie

colleen said...

wendy great way to channel that frustration/worry. i usually eat ;). wonderful ideas and affordable. so just how did you apply the gift wrap? wall paper paste?
hope hubby is doing better

Angeline said...

Great idea! Your fearlessness is inspiring! (Taking the door of the hinges - great solution!)

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Ha! I would have NEVER thought about using wrapping paper, but what a GENIUS idea. And the shower caddies were a great addition.

Hannah Rebekah said...

Did you get some of your stuff at Ikea?

~Hannah Rebekah

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

What a great idea to remove the door. Love it that you have a little mud room area now. What a great transformation.

.ashleykaitlin. said...

Wow I love this!!! Great job!!! This makes me want to redo my entry way!!

TheBlissfullyBlessedWife said...

This is adorable. I absolutely love the colors.

Melissa said...

Love it!! Could you paint the wood on the coat hooks the same aqua as your bench, to tie it all together? I also wondered if your simplify sign would fit between the shelf and hooks on the ikea sign?? You did terrific! I just redid our back door entrance myself! Check it out: http://lissalaneous.blogspot.com/2011/01/welcome-home.html

Emily said...

We have a mud room with an obnoxious kitchen door and I am totally taking it off the hinges now! I also just made some DIY magazine files for my kitchen to organize all our paper crap. Had I known the Ikea ones were so cheap (and if it was a little closer) I would have probably saved myself the trouble:) Cute space and thanks for the ideas!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hi Melissa:

We live in a rental, so I can't paint...otherwise I would have painted that wall instead of covering it with wall paper. Also, funny you should mention it, but I tried to fit the simplify sign in that space, and it was too big. I didn't want it back where it was, so I just put it away for now.

THANKS!

Mrs Lemon said...

So great! We hung our coat rack about 5 minutes after we moved in, and then realized that we don't even use the front door. So I need to install a coat rack next to the garage door ... a "mudroom" inside the playroom maybe? You definitely have inspired me to consider it!

Whitney said...

I would also love to know how you applied the paper?! I LOVE this idea and have almost the same set up!! Please please let me know how you got it to stay and if there are any other tips! Thanks!!
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Irene Robertson said...

Looks fabulous. I lovve how you are using what you are given to make a space that works for you wthout reconstructing everything.

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

This nook is chic and highly functional. I love it! Great idea using the wrapping paper. I have a ginormous hoard of wrapping paper I have been saving up to use as a backdrop for some of the vignettes for my wedding this coming July.

French Hen said...

I've been trying to work on this kind of thing at my house-thanks for the ideas & inspiration! It all looks great!

Candice and Alyssa said...

Turned out GREAT!!!!

Laura said...

Looks like you found a great project to keep your mind off your hubby being in the ER! I love how it turned out - the wallpaper is beautiful!
Hope your hubby is doing better.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE what you did. And what a wonderful set up you have now. (JUST A THOUGHT I want to share with you), the empty rectangle outlined under your IKEA shelf would be a FANTASTIC spot to have a chalkboard. You can buy the paint and make your own to size for that spot! I hope you Hubby is OK...
Have a wonderful week,
Thank you for sharing,
Donna

LuLu & Co. said...

Oh Wendy you can transform any spot to look fantastic! love what you did, taking the door off was a great idea! super fantastic. So sorry to hear about your husband's legs, oh no! praying for you all.
xo,
LuLu

liz@alittlepeaceofhome said...

the addition of the bench is just perfect! such a perfect spot to put on shoes before running outside!

Anna See said...

Yay! I am impressed with how you used this tight little space. Bravo!

Emily said...

Great use of the shower caddys! I'm giving you a blog award, I hope you'll accept. You can pick it up later tonight on my blog domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

Dear Lillie said...

Um....wow, wow, wow!!!!! It looks gorgeous!!! And I cannot believe that is wrapping paper!!!! I am definitely going to try that!!!!

Patti said...

Looks great!! Where did you get the coat hanger baskets hanging over the bench...love them!!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

this is stunning! I am totally in love with this makeover! the bench, the paper, the creative storage....gorgeous! If you'd like to link this up to my party I'm having, I'd love to have you. It's running today through Friday. Hope you'll stop by!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Perfect!!! Removing the door was the best idea. I like the new wallpaper and the bench looks fab in its new spot. :)

Robin {keephomesimple} said...

Wendy,
I am so in love with how you papered your wall with gift wrap. It's such a cute/genious idea! I adore it when people design on a dime and it looks like they really spent bucko bucks.
I featured your gift wrapped walls on my blog. If you're curious you can check out the link to my post here:
http://keephomesimple.blogspot.com/2011/02/budget-friendly-inspiration-week-3.html

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope you're husband is getting better quickly. Hopefully you all get some time to relax and enjoy each other during the next couple of days.
~Robin

Erin said...

I love this space! It inspires me to do the same in my laundry room in regards to the hooks and caddys. We just bought our first home and are still trying to figure out what spaces will be, but I think hooks holding the dog's leash, the hubby's motorcycle gloves, etc... great idea! Love the bench, as well.

Liz said...

Did you use double stick tape to get the paper to stay on the wall? I read through the whole post to find out. It looks great! I would just love to hear some instructions on how you got it to look so good and stick to the wall so well. I've actually been looking for some temporary wallpaper since I also live in a rental, but haven't been able to find any, so I am very interested in this. I have several closets that could use some brightening up with paper!

Liz said...

Sorry, nevermind about my last comment asking how to put the paper on the wall. I just found your other post with the instructions on how to apply it. Thanks! My husband has a staple gun, so that's perfect.

MommaHen said...

Your home is super cute! I'm glad I found your blog!!

C. Michelle said...

I love those silhouette pics of the family! Really adds a special touch to a room and makes it personal

WhimsicalMemories said...

I LOVE this idea...I want to do the same thing in my front entrance because it's so small and stuffy. Except where you have the door that you removed, I actually have a closet. I want to do the hooks idea and have a bench for seating built in the bottom mainly to open it up and to prevent everyone from just throwing their coats everywhere...hoping this will curb those urges!

OlvCntryGr said...

So I may have missed it in the article but how did you get the gift wrap to stay on the walls? Thanks