make me pretty – our mudroom

October 30, 2014

One of the many things that makes me super excited about our new house is finally having a mud room. With three kids, trying to manage the coats and shoes and backpacks is a major headache. I love having a  first stop room where all the junk can stay.

When we closed on the house, one of the first things we did was take down these mud room window treatments. I am almost as anxious to remove the horrible laminate floor but that will have to wait. I would love to put in slate tile but patience, I must have patience.

So here is phase 1 of the mud room re-do.

We start with the before:

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And after:


Our old friendly Ikea bench, and Ollies new favorite napping spot.

I used an old wood plank I found in the garage and some Ikea brackets to make a shelf and installed mis-matched hooks underneath for coats, bags, etc.


Our plants are very happy here!



I made a kid height coat check area. Do you think a cute, chalk board hook with their initials will encourage them to hang up their coats? Probably not but it’s worth a try!


I hung up some of my favorite art work.




And somehow found this street sign that not only has our previous street name but also the number of our  block at my favorite local junk shop – Class and Trash.



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