I had the idea to transform the closet to a DIY mini mudroom for awhile, but decided to finally pull the trigger when I started working with Bill (a 5th generation carpenter) who owns Deer Lake Designs, a Kansas City company that specializes in creating high quality hand made wood furniture.
He offered to build us a custom cabinet in trade for my honest review.
I knew the custom console cabinet would be a perfect fit for this space. I placed my order and had a two week window to get the closet in gear.
I started by removing the doors and emptying out the millions of items shoved in it. Then I painted the inside walls to match the entryway (Sherwin Williams Opaline) and added some hooks we had on hand.
We plan to remove the inside jam of the door and replace with a flat painted piece to finish it perfectly, but that will have to come later.