Wednesday, January 16, 2013

28 Reader Space: A Multipurpose Mudroom

I have said it before and I will say it again.  Mudrooms are a luxury that most of us don't have.  Some homes are smartly built with a whole room devoted to entry and storage, but for the rest of us, we need to get creative with our entry spaces.  Reader, Jessica from Four Generations Under One Roof, is here today to share how she created a multipurpose mudroom where there once was none.

Here is the beautiful girl now for a quick interview to share more about her delightful space! 

What is the main function of the space? 

"The main function of the space is to keep a ridiculous amount of coats and shoes organized. Our home doesn't have a lot of closet space, add that to four generations living together under one roof, means you need to get creative and use every existing wall, nook and crany you have to create storage solutions. Prior to dedicating an entire wall to coats and shoes, everything was dumped on the floor or chairs. Finally after having a million anxiety attacks and coming to the conclusion that purchasing a large locker style storage beast was not in our budget, I decided to create a wall dedicated to coats and shoes."

Any superstar tips for keeping it organized? 

"Purge the wall and shoe box on a weekly basis. Everyone loves to hang "other clothing" and place "random objects" in the shoe box. Because the wall isn't enclosed, it can get overly messy looking quickly. By ensuring that only the "daily coats" and "daily shoes" are there, it keeps it organized looking."

What items did you find essential when organizing the space?  And why? 

"Heavy duty coat hooks. Backpacks, work bags and winter clothing are heavy so large heavy duty hooks were a must. Some pine wood to customize the old toy box in an effort to minimize the shoes being piled on top of one another."

What did you do to go the extra mile and "make it pretty"? 

"I didn't want to have just random hooks on the wall and a pile of coats to look at. My goal was to give the appearance of a dedicated mudroom. In an effort to add texture and character to the walls, I purchased inexpensive MDF and some pine boards to add a board and batten treatment to the walls. The room has minimal natural light so I painted the lower portion a crisp white and the top walls the same blue/green color in the adjacent room."

Where did you find your inspiration? 

"By searching mudroom designs on pinterest, online magazine websites and google images. My roadblock was that this room was bigger than a traditional "mudroom" that you see in magazines and online design spaces. This room is a transitional room (the old family room) between the kitchen and family room so I struggled before I came to the conclusion that I needed to stop trying to make the room a room that it wasn't. Does that make sense? It was never going to be a perfectly designed traditional mudroom so I started to look for spaces online that had a wall dedicated to coats. I came across many kitchens that had built-in's, locker style cabinets, within their kitchen so that is what gave me my inspiration. Someday I hope to build around this hook area that I have created and DIY some locker styled cabinets with doors!"

What items did you DIY to stay on budget? 

"Everything! I added the board and batten to the walls myself, added hooks and customized an old toy box by adding wooden cleats {cutting small pieces of 1x2 pine} to the inside of the box for the shelf to rest on {piece of pine 1x10 pine}."

How has it impacted your life for the better? 

"Less anxiety about stuff piled on the floor and thrown on nearby furniture!  Now I can see the floor and actually sit on the chairs. Everyone has their own hook which helps keep things organized."

Too much to adore in one super happy and functional space!  How about a final before and after?

Amazing right?  No budget to purchase large locker systems.  No time or resources to completely build in walls and create a divided mudroom.  So why not use what you have, along with some elbow grease and create something even better?  And when you have four generations living under one roof {oh yes, you read that right}, a little organization goes a loooong way!

Huge high fives to Jessica for getting her DIY on and creating a masterpiece of a space.  Every last detail is gorgeous and now we can use her multifunctional mudroom as our inspiration!  You can find more photos and details on her blog here.

Anyone else DIYing something from nothing?

ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!


  1. Yay Jen! Thank you so much for featuring our mudroom makeover :) Looks great on your site! I'm adding a link right now to my post today to send readers over. Thank you again and hope you are having a great day!

    1. It looks amazing. I just recently finished my own mud room Reno.

  2. I love storage benches. Such a good way to hide junk! : )


  3. Looks great. Any chance you can tell us that the name of that blue paint is?

  4. Looks great , I love the shoe storage

  5. How resourceful! We have a funky entryway that is too small for most furniture and hanging stuff(besides the fact we have a wall(back of kitchen) right when you walk in the front door. This sounds like a good alternative since there is nowhere for a mudroom here.

  6. This is beautiful! The shoe bench with a shelf is brilliant!

  7. Amazing transformation of space. I wish I had a mud room. Looks great!

  8. Love it! I am dying to know the paint brand and color though! I love that blue/green!!!

  9. Looks amazing! Love how she converted the old toy chest.

  10. Holy moly, it's gorgeous! Ridiculously beautiful. I am so in love with it. And amazing insight - stop trying to make a room something it isn't. I like the idea of embracing what you've got to work with.

  11. I am getting very close to starting on our mudroom makeover, so this couldn't come at a better time. Great mudroom, I just wanna hang out by the little barn door shelving!

  12. It is very nice and pretty but in my way of thinking, there is a lot of dirt, sand, mud that comes into a mudroom. I would be reluctant to have something as light as this in a mudroom.

  13. Love this. Any recommendation for shoe organization in a tiny mudroom/laundry room. I recently installed cabinets to reduce clutter in our mudroom but I haven't been able to organize the everyday shoes in this space.

  14. Amazing! And so creative! I'm obsessed with the board & batten, paint colors and those lanterns! Awesome job, Jessica!

  15. I really really love this organization idea. I wish a big room... Cheers!

  16. Wow! She did a great job! How wonderful to have such a big space for the entry way. She did a great job DIYing things and making it functional. I love this series!

  17. This is so stunning! Usually boots and coats are kind of an eyesore when they're out in the open, but your design makes them flow as a natural and beautiful part of the decor. Well done, Jessica! Very inspiring!

  18. What a pretty mudroom! I wish mine was so big!

    Hey Jen, I've been working this year on a complete reorganization of our basement and wondered if you would do some posts on Christmas decorations/camping gear/coolers/momentos/paint and other garage type things. I sure could use some inspiration....

  19. I love how bright and airy it is! Definitely pleasant room to see first thing upon entering the house.

  20. Great space!! I love that she gave her home a mudroom where there wasn't one!! That gives me a lot of inspiration (& hope!) for our home. TFS:)

  21. While this is absolutely fabulous and looks amazing, I am cracking up laughing here. This mudroom is about the size of my entire entry/lounge/dining area!

  22. Have you ever featured someone that organizes/spiffs up places they rent? We are an Army family so the home we own is always rented by someone else as we move around - painting, built ins, fun decorating things are never something we're allowed to do! I also am searching for nursery/guest room combo ideas!

  23. Love the new mudroom area! I created a mudroom in my home's tiny front hall, but I am always looking to improve it!


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