For years I have desired a mudroom in our home. A place to drop book bags, shoes, jackets – and the storage it could offer us – tons of storage. Right off of our garage, and right across from our laundry room and downstairs bathroom, this space has been screaming for something. It’s kind of always been a catch all of sorts, housing a small dvd cabinet and just a bunch of nonessential items. As a family of five, we need every nook and cranny in our home to be functional. And this little space was loaded with potential.
See! So much unused good space. This shot was taken after all the junk was removed.
So I began this project.
My father-in-love is a master carpenter. If he lived closer I would torture him with project after project. I was afraid to tackle this one alone and I didn’t want to hire a carpenter because I knew he could help me. I drew up a quick sketch with measurements, snagged a few inspiration photos, and emailed them to him. We had a plan. Well at least a starting point. Because I have a tendency to be a bit indecisive when it comes to designing for myself, I changed things up midstream. He wasn’t happy to say the least, but he knows me and was prepared for my antics. I think! =/
There were a few bumps in the road because I changed things up and I could just kick myself right now, but I’m happy with the progress made so far. I just hope my OCD doesn’t get the best of me down the road. It has a way of forcing me to change things when I have convinced myself to leave things alone. #iknowme Just leave well enough alone – I tell myself. =)
Below are a few in progress shots. I will be painting everything out in a nice bright pure white. Sorry, wood lovers. The grain is beautiful, but I don’t want stained or natural looking wood here. I plan on lining the inside of the cabinet and open area under the bench seat with cork. I promise it will all make beautiful sense when you see it finished. I’ll also add pull handles to the cabinet doors and dress up the bench seat with a custom cushion and accent pillows, custom art, and of course storage baskets.
I can’t wait to share with you the final results.
Need a mudroom designed in your home? Give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to chat with you.
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