Mud-room Renovation

My husband’s been busy making cabinets. You may remember the work he did on our laundry room. Recently, he finished redoing our entry way as well.


Here’s what it looked like before:


And this is a cleaned up version. Normally, it would have had a pile of coats and books on the couch and chair–often, such a large pile you couldn’t see the furniture.




And here’s what it looks like “after”:

There’s a total of eight “lockers”–one for each member of the family. Since the kids all share rooms, and they’re all in each other’s business all the time, I thought it would be nice if they each had one little place in the world that was for them alone. The cabinets serve that purpose.

They keep their coats, shoes and backpacks in the large cabinets, and the upper cubbies are for them to stash anything they don’t want their little siblings getting into. The storage in the benches goes for things like hats, scarves, snow boots and pants on one side, blankets and dog stuff on the other side.

As you can see, we replaced the vinyl tile flooring with slate brick tile, and the windows got fresh paint as well.


Here’s what the inside of a locker looks like:

Granted, I’m not using this space well yet. I put the insect net in there so the dog wouldn’t chew it up before I had to return it to my parents, and someone else threw in my purse and hairbrush.

The kids are stuffing their lockers tight with paraphernalia, and it’s funny to see how quickly each cabinet has taken on the personality of its owner.

One of these days I’m going to put together a blog of all the furniture my husband has built. He’s an artist really. Don’t know how he does it, but I feel lucky, lucky, lucky.

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