Storage Closet to Open Concept Mudroom

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! When we decided to tear out all of our old carpet downstairs I came up with the idea to also rip out the sliding closet doors, knock the walls back a touch and turn it into an open concept mudroom.  This closet turned into a place where we would throw everything we didn’t want to see or deal with and it drove me nuts!  Now only the mandatory items have a place in our mudroom and it is has become so much more functional for our family.

I wanted something clean and crisp with a little bit of character so we chose satin white (color: Polar Bear White by Behr) for the trim work and went with a stained wood rustic bench.  The bench was made from two 2×12 pieces of pine stud lumber that Reid joined together. Before joining the two pieces he ripped 1/2″ off of one edge on each board so that they were flush once joined. He used wood glue and pocket screws to join the pieces and sanded with 150 grit sandpaper prior to staining.  The stain on this is one coat of Valspar Weathered Grey and one coat of Minwax Early American, finished with a Minwax satin seal.

Each family member has their own section for things we wear most.  Something that’s easy to grab running out the door! Eventually I will add woven baskets to the cubbies down below to stash extra shoes/everyday items.

The new downstairs flooring is porcelain tile with a faux wood look so it can truly be a “mud room” and the floor will be super easy to maintain.  The steam mop has become my best friend with all these wild animals (and toddlers) running around!

1/4″ plywood sheets and window trim was what Reid used to do this specific wall pattern.  As the boys get older, Im going to add a small chalkboard/magnetic board on the side to put down our weekly schedules!

I wanted big beefy hooks that looked good but also held all of our necessary items.  The hooks were found here on Amazon.

Lumbar decorative pillows are from Home Goods (obviously).   Also, the color of the surrounding walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.  Thanks for checking out this post guys, I always appreciate your time!  I am going to do another post soon with more information on our full downstairs renovation.  Please feel free to pass this along to any of your friends or family!



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