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.
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.
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.
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.
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.