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Transform a corner of clutter into a mudroom -- an organized catchall that functions for the entire family.
Mud may connote a mess, but a well-designed mudroom is anything but. One unused wall adjacent to the door to the garage became a fun (and functional) mudroom with the addition of bookcases, a wall cabinet, and a new pendant. Two bookcases ($34.99) anchor this makeover. The baseboard wrapping the base creates a custom-built look. For extra storage, divide the bottom units to create cubbies for shoes.
IKEA Billy bookcase; ikea.com
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A fresh coat of white paint and personalized labels turned these wall files ($34.99 each) into darling mail storage.
Success Image; successimage.com
A small pendant ($91) casts a soft light over the mudroom, creating a warm and welcoming ambience.
Kichler Seaside indoor brushed-nickel pendant; kichler.com
A wall cabinet ($93) with new hardware, a shelf cut to fit, and a cushion now makes a comfy spot to take off shoes at the end of the day.
For extra durability and charm, cover the wall between the bookcases with wainscoting. A shelf and coat hooks above provide the perfect spot to drop your keys and hang your jacket.
Watch for more mudroom inspiration.