Monday, October 10, 2011

Laundry Turned Mud Closet

Fall is here and we've been starting to break out our sweatshirts and I'm looking through the kids winter gear to see what is needed.  I am absolutely giddy that I now have a place to put things!

Dan the man has been hard at work again!  We originally had our laundry upstairs on the main level. IN THE HALL CLOSET.  A man MUST have designed that!  Who DOES that?  This being our first home and moving in with only three of us, it seemed like a non-issue.
 Original Hall Laundry Closet
It became a huge issue when we added two more children to the mix!  Laundry overflowed into the hallway and was often piled up in our master bedroom. 
Super romantic, right?
With doors open.   The builder couldn't even put a light in there, Dan added that shortly after we moved in!

Now that we have a new laundry room downstairs in the basement (*pictures to come next week I hope!) We decided to use this space for  much needed extra storage.
My new mud closet!  
Dan installed bead board backing and we carefully covered up all the laundry access.  With a master on the main, if we sold this house to an older couple & they ever wanted a main floor laundry, it could be converted back. 
Lauren, Greg and Graham each have their own shoe basket, section of hooks and cubby above to store hats, gloves, dance bags, etc. 
 Cute hooks from Lowe's - can I tell you how much I love that store? 
 We also picked up some pine corbels for dividers there.  I had wanted some chunkier ones but it just took up too much space.  So we went with the skinny ones.   
 Rounded shelves - I have mine with a basket for this and that.  
The rest will be holding kitchen appliances like my food processor that I use a lot, but don't really want out on the counter all the time.
Individual spaces above for each child.  Baskets from Target to hold their gloves, hats, Bey Blades, etc.  I'm going to get some holders for their books and paperwork that come home from school.

Above those you can see a really high long shelf.  I'll be storing a few of my front door wreaths up there. 

 I think I'll be quiet for awhile and let Dan work on his basement speakers before I come up with a new project for him!  I'm just so happy to have this done before winter!

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Heidi Totten said...

So jealous! I need to get mine moved downstairs so that I can have a mudroom, too!

Marie@Procrastinating in Pink said...

LOVE it! What a great use of space now!! :) can't wait to see your new laundry room!

Amber said...

That looks awesome! So sleek and clean.

Melinda said...

Oh I love that! I've always wanted a mudroom! Our town house doesn't even have a linen closet.

The 5 Bickies said...

This is a great transformation!

Jen Hansen said...

Brilliant! Love it! I am very jealous. :)

kjtroxel said...

It turned out great! Does Dan do side jobs??? (seriously?)

Karie @ The HoB said...

Wow! Great use of your space! Came over from TT&J!

To The Moon and Back said...

Great use of space! Wish I had space for a mudroom.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

What a great use of space!!!


Alison Agnew said...

such a clever use
of existing space
to give you the much needed storage
a family requires

thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!


Ange said...

Great Transformation! I love turning closets into more useable space! I am looking forward to working on our closet mudroom next! Thanks for the great inspiration!

J's mom said...

Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at