Entry Way Closet Makeover

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
10 Materials
4 Hours

After moving into our new house and unpacking quickly, we're now at the point that it's time to organize. The entryway in our new house is bigger, but since it's the only entry, it's the main drop zone. I was tired of coming home to see piles of boots, shoes, jackets - so I decided to makeover the coat closet. I needed this space to work harder for our family.

What a mess!

First, I cleaned everything out then took off the doors. I was surprised at how big the space actually was when empty. Now I was ready for construction. 

I found and marked the wall studs. Then cut a 2x4 to size and screwed it to the studs along the back wall and each side of the closet.   

I cut 1x6 planks for the bench seat to the width of the closet. I placed the planks on the 2x4 cleat I had just installed and then nailed them to the 2x4s underneath.  

To add support to the bench and to give a more cubby like appearance, I cut some 3/4" plywood pieces as support braces, then nailed these to the bench seat. 

For the side storage, I anchored 1x2 cleats to the studs, then added 1x12 shelves. I placed small and large storage bins from IKEA onto the shelves and floor.

Warm, rich color.

Then I painted the walls SW Silver Strand, and the shelves with a Bin primer and Behr Alkyd paint. 


I stained the bench with GF Espresso Water Based Wood Stain by just wiping it on with a sponge.    

Goodbye chaos- Hello organization!

As you can see the entry way is more organized and useful. I'm very pleased with how this turned out.

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  • Couchetta Ramos Couchetta Ramos on Nov 22, 2018

    What happens to the coats and jackets. It seems you have lost the space to them

  • Linda M Stanton Lake Linda M Stanton Lake on Dec 06, 2018

    My daughter in law. Dye her hair red. And now I have red ring in my tub now. I have try every thing and nothing work. Got any ideal! Thank you

  • Diane Horn DeMontalvo Diane Horn DeMontalvo on Dec 27, 2018

    So what happened to the "stuff"? It's easy to throw it out. The object is to organize.

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  • Marie R Marie R on Feb 21, 2019

    Have a back closet just like it only it's longer but right at the back door and I'm taking the doors off and I love your layout it's perfect

  • Marie R Marie R on Feb 21, 2019

    Oh you did take the doors off