In my house I don’t have a mudroom or coat closet. Not having a designated spot where we could unload and organize coats, shoes, bags, hats, and crap was always a constant battle. Several months ago we decided to rip out the carpet in our family and living room and replace it with some laminate flooring. It’s funny how changing something in your home can inspire you to do something awesome. I had the inspiration to turn this small entryway spot in our family room right as you walk in through the garage into a mini mudroom where I could tackle all of the issues of clutter we were experiencing.
Here’s a picture of what it looked like before.
We had a way too small coat rack screwed into the wall and a wooden trough on the floor (not shown) where all of our shoes were being held and that was it. It wasn’t pretty, functional, and I knew I could make this place look a lot better with some TLC.
Another boost of inspiration came to me when I found this really pretty wooden wall mirror rack that have a beveled mirror at a garage sale for $30 and fell in love with it. I loved the pretty motif at the top and knew a coat of spray paint would do this mirror well.
With a little gel stripper, sandpaper, and some Paint + Primer Spray Paint in Gloss Apple Red from Rust-Oleum I was able to transform this just basic mirror into a high style statement piece.
The other thing I did was used a sharpie oil paint pen in gold and painted the black knobs and screws that were attached to the mirror. So far the paint has held up good and haven’t had any problems. I couldn’t find any knobs I liked and didn’t want to spend $25 on new knobs so I repurposed them. Don’t they look regal?!
I was on a small budget for this space and needed to use what I already had. I used the two ottomans I reupholstered last year, go see the tutorial here. They were in my living room, but decided I liked them in this space better than as a coffee table in my living room.
The shaggy pillows are from Marshall’s and were $19.99 each, a good deal if you ask me. Here is a pillow that is similar to the ones I purchased. The lumbar pillow I already had.
Winston our Miniature Schnauzer loves this spot. I find him all of the time taking naps on the bench, it’s pretty cute.
I did purchase this wicker basket from IKEA for $15 as a place to put our shoes in. I didn’t want people putting them underneath the bench because I think it would make it look crowded and cluttered.
This basket fits PERFECTLY underneath the three legged side table I painted last year, go see the tutorial here. This also used to be in the living room, but found a new spot for it in the family room.
The white turtle was a gift, the clear acrylic box is from The Container Store.
The plant is a Ficus Fig Plant and I got this small one at Home Depot for $12. The pot I already had.
I hope this inspires you to make your space more functional, pretty, and stylish. I don’t have a large home and so utilizing every inch is really important so we can stay here as long as possible, well that is the goal.
I love breaking down the barrier that you don’t have to have a huge budget to have high style and expensive taste. I love how I was able to use items I already had in my home and be able use the things I love to create a space that is unique and screams me.
Do you have a designated mudroom in your home? If not do you think you could use one? I’d love to hear your comments, suggestions, and thoughts!