Whew, it is finally done! Our entryway closet is now a mudroom! I call it a mudroom, but it could be called a nook, landing area, entryway closet. Mudroom may not be the technical term, but it works for us.
Before we dive into what we did and why, here is a pic of the finished mudroom! We are in love with it! It works perfectly for us and it makes our home feel more open welcoming!
I got the idea from a pin on Pinterest, it is a wonderful example of turning a closet into a beautiful nook. House of Smiths did a fabulous job of transforming their entryway closet into a wonderful, functional entry way nook! It was love at first sight! Here is how theirs turned out:
Then we cut out the door frame and expanded the closet to the studs on each side, making it as wide as possible for out small space. Then we cut up, towards the ceiling. We gave ourselves almost 2 more feet of vertical space!
Then came the drywall work. I will be honest, that is not a favorite for me or DH, but we pushed through. We dry walled the new top of the closet and the edges. Then mud, sand, and texture. You know the drill…
Ok, we aren’t exactly done here, but I was too excited to wait, I had to put some jackets on the hooks. We added hooks and baskets, but no cushion yet. And as you can see the thermometer and door bell are not quite right. We had to adjust them during construction, but as you can see in the final pic they are put back where they belong.
Before we can finish, I had to make a cushion. Since I don’t sew, I did the staple method. Fabric, then foam then a board and staple it all together. I found the fabric at JoAnnes, but I am not sure what it is called. But I love the colors and it works perfectly in our entry.
The finished mudroom! We are in love with it! The hooks are working out great, no more coats on the newel post 🙂 We decided not to put baskets on the ground, instead we put a shoe tray on the floor.
What do you think? Are you doing a closet makeover as well. I would love to see your closet!
1. Projects like this will always take longer than you originally planned
2. Be flexible. You may have to change things mid project.
3. Patience with painting bead board. In order for it to look right you have to paint in all the grooves, so have patience.
After receiving a comment about the bench I thought I would add some pictures on how the bench was built.
This is a close up of the bench. You can see that there is a 1×4 board supporting the front of the bench.
Here a pic of the under side of the bench. You can see that we added a 1×4 board along the sides and that is what the bench rests on. Then DH added additional 1×4 going lengthwise for support. The boards were attached with “L” brackets. Hope this help, let me know if you have any other questions!