Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Mudroom in a Closet

We have a very small front entrance when you enter our home.  To the left of the entry door is another wall, which made for some very close quarters. I was hinting to Rob that we should change it up in this area. Every time I have to close these bi fold doors something new is blocking the doors from closing.  It was becoming a pit of stuff on the floor and so disorganized. If you know me it was really getting on my last nerve. :)

So we decided to go through with a project (Rob did the manual labor and I did the shopping)  We are a good team that way. Here is the closet inside before. Two upper shelves and the typical rod.  Obviously this photo was taken after the other 15 coats, mittens, gloves, hats and shoes were taken out.  :)


Rob began to take measurements with his assistant, Wynn.


Using 2 by 4 Rob framed out the front and back of the cabinet at the bottom.  This will give something for the lid for the cabinet to rest on.

Using quarter inch plywood Rob created boxes inside the frame he made above. 


Rob used the Kreg system to screw together three white pine boards together for the lid. The first picture shows how the Kreg system is set up.




Next Rob wanted to create a front for the cabinet using beadboard that we had leftover from another project.  Rob used the table saw to cut a groove down the middle of a 1 by 4 that allowed him to slide the piece of beadboard in place.

Then he matched the piece flush with the top panel of the front board he created.
Using outdoor fabric and 3 inch foam from Joann Fabrics Rob added this to the top of the pine boards he put together above. He used a pneumatic staple gun to attach this easily.
We found four pillow covers from Etsy and pillow inserts from OnlineFabricStore to give a finishing touch.

Here is our new shelf, hooks and baskets. The hooks are just high enough so the coats won't go over the pillows below.

Total Cost Breakdown

Wood - Lowes $125
Paint/Painting Supplies: free because we used paint from other projects.
Foam $32.00 (60% off) at Joann Fabrics
Material $20 (on sale) at Joann Fabrics
Pillow Covers $63.40 from Etsy Stores CottageRuffles and ArtisticCotton
Pillow Inserts $42.00 from http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/
Hooks: $20.68 from Amazon for 4
Baskets: $27 from Michaels
Shelving: redone from the shelves that were previously in the closet


91 comments:

  1. Oh wow I love this! This is a completely adorable idea - and I LOVE the pillows!

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  2. This is SO awesome! What a great use of space! Love! New follower! ~Lori

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  3. Great job! We have the exact same front door/closet set-up so I am intrigued. But one big q - where do you now keep the coats, etc which were in the closet? - kristen

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    1. Hi Kristen,

      We actually are planning on hanging five hooks around the inside of this closet now for coats we use on a daily basis. Then we are putting shelving above that for hats, gloves, etc. We are putting coats we don't use very often in inside the bench folded in baskets. Hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  4. This is such a great space! Love the pillows you got! Great makeover!!

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  5. It looks fantastic! I bet it really opens up your entryway! Great job!

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  6. What a great makeover! I'd love to do this with my hall closet, if it was only a little bigger. I'd love for you to share this at my Sunday linky party!

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  7. Thank you so much, Kristin. I love love your blog. Thanks for inviting me to post on your page.

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  8. Thanks for your visit :) This mudroom is coming along great, too! Hope you can also swing by in my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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  9. Very pretty! I can't ever imagine being able to repurpose a closet (at this point, we have too few closets and apparently too much stuff!), but if I could, I'd love to have a little seat by the front door like this. Good work! (Visiting from the Nester's linkup, btw!)

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  10. Love it. What a creative use of space! And now you have one less potential "messy" closet in the house ...

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    Linda

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! You are right about the potentially messy closet...lol.

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  11. Wow this looks great! I love the pillows especially! And the beadboard. Great job, it's lovely!

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  12. Wow, what a great use of space. I love the fun pillows you added. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments on my felt pillow!

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  13. I love a nook! Wish I had one...the shoes! The endless shoes! They seem to be all over, until you need them!

    Great bench, so fresh and clean!

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  14. This is such a cute project1 I wish I had a closet to do this too!

    Visiting form the blog hop. Now following your cute blog. Would love for you to stop by and say hi!

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate you stopping by. I'll be sure to visit.

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  15. That is such a great idea. I absolutely love it. I found your blog on the hop and am following through GFC and Linky.

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  16. Don't you love not being perfect? I do!! I'm your newest imperfect linky and GFC follower-stop by for a visit!!

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    1. Claire, I've enjoyed checking out your blog. :) Thanks for stopping by. ~ Megan

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  17. I love that look! You did such a great job.

    Thanks for visiting me!

    xox

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  18. That transformation is AMAZING!! I'm stopping by via the blog hop. So nice to meet you. I'm a new follower :)

    Lindsey
    outofalabaster.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I can't wait to check out your blog Lindsey.

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  19. Hi Megan!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the blog hop! I loved seeing my button in your listing :) Made me smile. Wishing you all the best in your bloggy endeavors. Newest follower!

    Kelly
    www.livelaughrowe.com

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  20. This is a great idea! Thanks for finding and following me, I'm following you right back! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  21. This is such a great idea!! Awesome work!! I'm a new linky follower. :)

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  22. I am so in love with this idea! I finally took the doors off my kids room closets because they couldn't be shut. I'm pinning. I'd love for you to share this at my link party. It runs Tues-Sat.
    Rachel
    http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesdays-3.html

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    1. Thanks for the invitation to post on your link party. :) Good luck with your project.

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  23. This is so cute and nice! and I love the pillows! I would love for you to stop by the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party and link up!

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/02/naturally-nifty-linky-party-3-features.html

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    1. Thank you so much for the invitation to link to your party. :) I appreciate it! I look forward to exploring your blog as well. ~ Megan

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  24. This is AWESOME! Pinning! Come share at my party! http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/02/dwell-on-friday-six.html

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    1. Thanks so much for the invitation to join your party. I'm excited to check out your blog. ~ Megan

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  25. Wow, who knew you could do that in a closet. Love what it does to the entry way! Gorgeous! I like your little helped too. I am pinning this. I am a new follower visiting from A Glimpse Inside. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    1. Thanks so much, Vicki! I look forward to exploring your blog. ~ Megan

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  26. Sooo cool! I love this and would love to do something similar to this in our entryway. We don't have a closet, but we do have a largish foyer and I know we could build a simple bench seat like this one. What an inspiration!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. I'd love to see your project that you do in the future. ~ Megan

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    1. Thanks so much, Jess. I appreciate your comments.

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  28. Ooooh, I like that! Our entranceway is small too.

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    1. Thanks so much, Barb. I appreciate you stopping by to check it out. ~ Megan

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  29. Stopping by from the Grow your blog {blog Hop}! http://queenofsavings.com

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  30. Oh wow! LOVE this!! Very Functional and stylish :)

    http://fitcraftystylishandhappy.blogspot.com/

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, Cassidy. :) ~ Megan

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  31. What a great idea and use of space. You really made the bench look so inviting, not like you are about to sit in a closet, he he. Definitely Pinable?(Does that word even work?)

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    1. Thanks so much, Autumn. Pinable sounds good to me...lol. ~Megan

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  32. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mindie! We appreciate it. :)

      Megan

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  33. Love the transformation!! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It's my very first one!!)

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the invitation to join in on your link party. Best of luck for your first one. I just posted it on there and added your button on our page. ~Megan

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  34. Thanks for linking up to my party at Jillify It! I'm a new linky follower!

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  35. Wow, this look great! I love a good mini-mudroom makeover! We just did ours in the fall, and I love it!

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  36. Fabulous project!!!
    Thank you for linking up, hope you will stop by my blog today and link up another great project...
    Claire xox
    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.com/

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  37. Wow, so creative!!! And much nicer than a boring old closet!

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  38. I'd be ecstatic to have a space like this! Great job! :)

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  39. Great job. I really like how it turned out. I have poked around your site & I love it...I'm excited to be your newest follower!
    amber{at}snippetsofdesign

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  40. Love this project!!! We're running a link party right now supporting Habitat4Humanity where you can win $5o gift cards and be featured on a variety of bug name blogs. Hope you will enter! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

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  41. Such a good use of space. I want to do this with one of my closets downstairs.

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  42. Beautiful transformation! I love what you did to create an adorable and useable space. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. What paint color did you use for the grey in this closet? I tried to look back at the post and also in other comments, but still didn't see it. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jess, we actually didn't paint it grey. :) It is a light tan color that was already in place when we bought the house. If you'd like to know the color I can try and find a can of it around here somewhere.

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  44. Yes, I now see it's more tan. Thanks for writing back. It's ok! :)

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  45. Wow!! I am so happy I got this project in my inbox from your yearly roundup! I love, love, love it! I really want to make a window seat in my master...can you send your husband my way?? lol, but seriously! ha! Great job!

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  46. Just pinned. Love this idea. Just dropping in from Chrissy's Pinterest Party!!

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  47. Love this project! Pinned! Love the pillows and the hooks!

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  48. WOW! Yall are so talented! I wish my husband had skills like that. :) Pinning now! Thanks for joining the pin party!

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  49. I just love how this turned out! It is so nice and organized!

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  50. Wow, this turned out amazing. I wish i had a closet to do this with!!! Pinning now and sharing on FB later.

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  51. We have the identical entryway and it is overflowing with coats. I have been thinking to do this same project but a bit nervous about where to put all the coats! (since my boys are now bigger than me, many, many man coats! LOL) But I have a large unfinished basement, so perhaps I could have a big closet put down there? Great job, love the pillows too!

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  52. I love this, i have a tiny linen cupboard and a narrow hall way i have been comtemplating on doing some thing similar.....but i am renting so that be a problem lol

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