Entryway Mudroom Makover -

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Here's how we transformed our entryway into a fully functional mudroom.

If your home has no entryway organization then you know it’s extremely hard to keep clean. That was the case with us. Home from school and shoes are where?! Center of the living room of course! ? It’s not that we didn’t have a shoe rack at all. We did, (photo above shows before makeover) it just wasn’t very pretty and hardly makes you want to organize your shoes on it. Before starting on our little corner makeover I was debating between two styles for the shoe organization part of our mudroom. First I was thinking to go with something very simple. Just a plain shelf with squares to insert your shoes into. Unfortunately my better half wasn’t a big fan of that idea. I knew that whatever I ended up with I wanted it to be very minimalist. So we’re talking lots or whites and natural textures.

Oh gosh yes those tile floors are hideous. (photo below) I’ve been so tempted to paint them… I’ve painted laminate floors before but, I haven’t tried tile yet. Anyone try painting tile?

Here's the process on how we built our bench! Sadly theirs been a lot of controversy all over social media about the fact that I covered the vent and plug even though I multiple times why I covered it. icon #1 So to solve all questions... Our central air doesn't work at all. It has been rerouted and we heat our home with a wood stove. It's a pointless hole and not a real vent. #2 I covered the plug because I would never use one inside a bench and as far as it being up to code our whole house was built without permits and isn't up to code. No bank will ever give anyone a loan on it because it isn't a legal home. So I'm not too worried about it. I take all the chances I get at practicing my DIYS with this old home so that hopefully when we get a new home I'll know what I'm doing. I hope that make sense. icon

Here's what the complete corner looks like. :D So much easier to keep organized! :D

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Here is the video tutorial. (My favorite part is our little guy going out the door at the end :D )

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  • Lynn Lynn on Jul 20, 2019

    What the heck is a mudroom?

  • Barbara Heiting Barbara Heiting on Jul 20, 2019

    Why did you cover the vent

  • Linda Linda on Jan 02, 2020

    How did you attach the pegs to the wall? I am referring to the coat hook pegs with the straps, on the wall adjacent to the shelves?

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  • Barb C Barb C on Mar 23, 2019

    What a great simple idea. The placement and size of shelves could be changed as wanted. Good thinking and thanks for the idea.

  • Kristen Kristen on Jul 20, 2019

    You could plug in a boot dryer inside the bench... that probably what I would use that outlet for. Otherwise it is kind of useless 😉