Winter months in D.C. means heavy coats, hat, gloves, boots (on top of everything else that you normally need day-to-day) which lead to bulky items that need an extra storage space. In our new house, we have a huge double-door coat closet in the hall foyer. It’s so much more room than our tiny closet in our last house. Since we have kids under age 5 who cannot reach the hooks to hang up jackets, we decided to Turn a Closet Into a Mudroom for Less Than $30.
We also never go through the front door. In fact, I have never used my house key to open the front door (and we have lived there for 6 months). We always come through the garage door and end up walking through the kitchen or dining room, around the corner to put items in the coat closet. Well not anymore! Now when we enter the house from the garage we see this lovely mudroom.
Former pantry turned mudroom
This room used to be a huge pantry that we stored miscellaneous items in – nothing that we couldn’t find a home for somewhere else in our house. Besides, we had another huge pantry in the kitchen so why not turn this one into a mudroom and create a space that is functional for the kids and less work!
Above is a view from the dining room. This is actually just the start of a much bigger project to turn this closet into a mudroom. We plan to add a built-in bench, a shelf above the hooks and redo the door frame. We just needed something functional and cost effective since we are in the winter months. So are you ready for the before picture?
This is not the best picture but I took with my phone and my android had issues when I took this photo and I was lucky enough to backup my photos before they were all deleted so this is what the backup file left me. We took the doors off, took the shelves out, patched and painted the walls (we used leftover paint that we had on-hand). The hubby really did all the work, I just gave him instructions.
He picked up some wood (in the wood trim section) from Lowe’s for around $4 and attached to the wall to create a wainscoting look. Those black hooks are actually from Ikea, $9.99 for the rack with 5 hooks, which was a steal compared to the cost of hooks the same size at home improvement stores that were around $30/hook. We purchased 2 Ikea racks but only used the hooks. The bench pictured is from Target and used to be brown. I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, Old White to update the entire space. The bench has a cushion on it which is pictured below.
Above is a picture with our coats. The bins at the bottom hold our shoes (for now). So this project cost us around $25 and less than one weekend to complete and our house feels so much more functional.
Above is a picture of the other pantry in our kitchen so you can see that creating another function for the second pantry made sense since we have plenty of pantry space.
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