SO excited to share my new mudroom with you today! This is such a beloved space for me that I can’t believe we’ve been in the new house six months and I haven’t posted pictures of it yet! Must be because of the post traumatic stress from moving my family of five. ;) I took way too many pics so I’m warning you that this post is a novel. You might want to grab a snack. I’d suggest pretzels. Or yogurt. Or both. That’s what I’m snacking on right now. Ok! Enough rambling. Time to talk mudroom. Most of you know that in our previous house my garage worked as my mudroom…
And it worked great. But I always had dreams of a real mudroom. With lockers and drawers and hooks. A place for our family to dump all of the shoes, jackets, and backpacks that wasn’t next to the garden tools. :) So after much planning and thought this is what I came up with:
When we were designing this space I told my architect to extend the drawers a bit so that I could add a small mini bench above them just in case my kids ever wanted to stand up on it to get to the top of the lockers. Then I had it stained figuring white would show marks from the kids standing on it. Guess what? My kids don’t stand on it. Sometimes I over think things. :) But I like the way it breaks up all of the white regardless and I love the deeper drawers.
Here is a view of my mudroom from the other side of the room. On the other side of the door I added additional locker style cabinets to the ceiling with drawers below them for extra storage. (Extra storage! It’s so strange to have extra storage. Wonderful strange.) :) Then I had a small bench made for the space under the window.
Here it is finished! You also might remember an older post when I talked about my decision to add the dutch door back into the plans. So glad I did! It was in the plans in the beginning, then I took it out of the mudroom and added another window and a longer bench. But I couldn’t stop thinking about my dutch door (I have loved them for so long) so back in the plans it went.
I decided to paint it black. We have three doors that are visible from the front of our house (front door and two side doors off the porch) and they are all painted black to match our shutters.
A view of the porch with my hanging lanterns. I love to leave the top half of this door open to let in our coastal breeze. Someday I might be courageous enough to paint all of the doors and shutters a fun bright color, but for now I love the classic contrast the black makes with our grey paint.
The little white door (which I lovingly call my hobbit door) is a small closet. We had so much room under our stairs that I made two little walk in spaces out of them for storage. I keep our luggage in this one off of the mudroom.
Ok. Are you ready to see what’s happening inside of the lockers?
Are the heavens opening and angels singing!? :) Oh the joy of organization and having a place for all things! A few close ups…
My kids backpacks are usually heavy with books so I just have the kids set them on the cabinet bottom vs. hanging them. Or they unload their books on the bottom and then hang the backpack. Lately I’ve been emptying their lunch boxes and keeping them on the shelf on top. I also thought this shelf could hold a tray for school work.
This way when the kids are older and have cell phones they can also use these shelves as a charging station. So many options! Optionality. One of my favorite words. :)
Ad’s scarf makes me laugh because it’s never really cold enough here to need a heavy scarf, but she wears it anyway because it’s “sparkly and fashionable.” :)
I did a massive shoe clean-out when we moved in so this is all my girls have right now. I love that everything fits in their drawers so we don’t have to keep any shoes in their closets. Easy access!
I have some ideas for how I’m going to use the extra storage cabinets, but haven’t organized everything yet.