$324 Mudroom

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 Organization

    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.

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    Make the Most of Your Mudroom and Entryway

    Turn an under-utilized entry area into a super-functional mudroom with these ideas for efficient storage and organization.
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