Transform a corner of clutter into a mudroom—an organized catchall that functions for the entire family.
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Add a Mudroom to Your Entry
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.
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Mail and magazines need somewhere to live when you walk in the door. Try convenient filing such as an over-the-door unit or wall mounted boxes and bins. A fresh coat of white paint and personalized labels turned these wall files ($34.99 each) into darling mail storage.
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Hang a Pendant Overhead
Let your lighting serve a purpose with style. A small pendant ($91) casts a soft light over the mudroom, creating a warm and welcoming ambience. Hanging over the bench is ideal for finding matching shoes or gloves.
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From Cabinet to Bench
Speaking of benches, here's one you can DIY. A wall cabinet ($93) with new hardware and a shelf cut to fit are all it takes to build out this seating. A simple cushion makes a comfy spot to take off shoes at the end of the day.
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Warm Up with Wainscoting
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. Gold hardware lends more to style than matching white.