Hey there! You all have been super patient with this next project that I'm happy to reveal as completed!
For the longest time Matt and I have complained about the lack of mudroom in our home. We really felt like it was something we really needed...especially with two boys and all the bags we have to lug around! We didn't have a spare room to remodel and the laundry room which is just off the garage was too full to utilize. Looking across the hall though was a coat closet... more like a catch all for all items without a home. :)
We made the decision to gut this closet and make it a bench seat mud room space. Now, the reason we didn't hesitate to remove a storage space in our home is for a number or reasons. For one, in the bathroom next door there was a very large linen closet. Larger than needed for a downstairs 1/2 bathroom. Across the hall in the laundry room we have the new cabinets we installed last year that also have a ton of storage space. And lastly... we have the front hall closet by the front door that fit the extra stuff like vacuum and extra shoes. So really, we could do without this extra closet. In the end though, it would serve to store the everyday shoes, diaper bags, purse, coats, misc paper work, and winter gear (top shelf baskets).
So we first started by clearing the space out and putting all items away. Whatever didn't find a home or we didn't want we donated. Otherwise, we had a clean slate to work with.
Matt got to work building the bench seat with custom drawer and shelf. The back wall he lined with bead board and then he left me to paint.
I used a Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel Latex Paint in White for the back wall, shelf and bench. For the walls I used ProClassic in a light tan color (SW- Relaxed Khaki)
Next we did details: The hooks (Home Depot), baskets for the top shelf (Old Time Pottery), Bench Cushion (Custom made by my mom!), Throw Pillow (Hobby Lobby), Letter Rack (Hobby Lobby) and shoe rack (Ikea custom made drawer by Matt).
I used the letter rack to hold diaper bag supplies.
So there you have it! I nice lil mud room to keep all our "gear" in check!