Friday, August 27, 2010

A Little Renovation and a Lot of Organization

In our wee little home ~ just over 1000 square feet to share among the five of us ~ space is at a premium! We've worked and reworked many a nook and cranny into a useful matter the size. We can now say the same for our front closet...our take on a mudroom.

Meet our old, pathetic, drab closet...

It's scary to think that that's the yellow I chose when we first moved in...YIKES!!

Sadly, the door met its end during a sock hockey game gone wrong! It was New Year's Eve 2010 and the cousins and the kiddies were battling for bragging rights! One thing led to another and the door was kicked right off the wall!
Queue door removal...more than a year ago! We've looked at the open closet (which was full of the regular front closet stuff) for far too long.

So began the transformation.

We removed the shelf and rod to make room for more useful storage solutions.

We covered the walls with bead board and installed a shelf near the top, and two on the bottom. I caulked and painted...and painted some more!

We added moldings around the door to make it blend with the other doors in the hallway.

And voila...our take on a mud-room...that works for us!
I apologize for the pictures, the closet is in the hallway and I couldn't get 'in front' of it for the perfect shot!
I purchased the hooks at Dollarama for $1.25 each!
The baskets are from Micheal's...I used a 40% off coupon so they came out to about $10 each...not bad.

I prettied-up a not-so-pretty boot tray with some dollar store stones.
The closet-redo is complete just in time for back to school!


I'm linking this post to...
Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.
Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;
Creative Organizing Ideas @ The Inspired Room.


  1. What a great idea! Shelves, hooks and baskets are the best storage solution,as all teachers know!

  2. It actually looks much bigger now than when it was a closet! Good job!

  3. It looks great. I love the beadboard and the shelf for the shoes. Very cute!


  4. Wow! That looks great! I'm loving all the molding, and the beadboard. Very cute blog.



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