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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Mudroom - Drop it & Shut the Door!

It's the first snow day of the year and it made me realize how much I love my mudroom.  Muddy boots, wet coats, soggy socks - they're no match for me anymore!  Just drop them all behind in the mudroom and shut the pocket door!

When we bought the house, there was no mudroom.  We bumped the house out a bit and added this small room in the back.  It's worth it's weight in gold!
Instead of open shelving, I opted for built in cabinets with 3 closets for hiding the clutter of coats.  I love white woodwork and trim but went darker in here. The color looks rich and helps hide the scuffs from the kids flinging their shoes around.  I painted the trim and door the same color to blend in this small space.  
A vinyl decal (found at Target) adds a little fun.
A double pole in the middle closet can hold 2 rows of kids coats.  Inside one closet, I hung sweater and shoe organizers.  In winter, the compartments hold gloves and hats but in summer the beach towels move in.  
A heavy iron coat rack from Pottery Barn hangs on the wall making it simple (no excuses) for the kids to hang up their coats - no more nagging from mom (about coats anyway)!
A bit of open shelving helps break up the expanse of dark cabinetry and is a place to show off old wooden buoys and a basket which holds more "stuff"! 
Love the Martha Stewart mercury glass light! 
Keys hang from an antique doorknob backplate attached to an old piece of wood found at a flea market years ago.
An old metal milk can holds our stash of umbrellas.  
Metal bins found at a Target after Christmas sale hold stinky shoes.
Loved the color but not the square shape of the ceramic floor tiles so I had my tile guy cut them in half and lay them in a herringbone pattern.  
Found these great knobs at Anthropologie.
Next room is my favorite - the kitchen is coming soon!

I've got lots more rooms to reveal and thrift shops to conquer!  Follow me so you don't miss any of the action onFacebook, email, or RSS feed on the right sidebar.

Only one more week for the blog hop link party on Jan 31.  Stop by and link up your "Impossible" project or just browse through all the great inspiration.  Click here for the deets!
Linking here:
Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Get Outta My Head Please - Show It Off Link Party
Home Stories A to Z - Tutorial and Tips
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesdays Treasures
Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Not Just a Housewife - Show Me What Ya Got
Very Merry Vintage Style - Share the Love Link Party
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays
A Bowl Full of Lemons - One Project at a Time
Beach Cottage Decorating - Blog Hop Linky Party
The Shady Porch - Rock 'n Share
Blue Cricket Design - Show and Tell
Chatty Chics - Wild Wednesday
Junk in their Trunk - Link it up Wednesday
52 Mantels - Link Party
It's Overflowing - Overflowing with Creativity
Mrs. Hines Class - Show and Tell
From My Front Porch to Yours - Treasure Hunt Thursday
Fireflies and Jellybeans - Show Off Your Stuff
No Minimalist Here - Open House Party
Faded Charm Cottage - White Wednesday
House of Hepworths - Hookin Up with HoH
Momnivore's Dilemma - Creative Juice
Passionately Perfect - Coffee and Conversation
Laurie Anna's Vintage Home - Farmhouse Friday
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home Party
Common Ground - Vintage Inspiration Friday
At the Picket Fence - Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Vintage Gwen - Show and Share
The Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday
Delightful Order - Delightfully Inspiring Thursday
The 36th Avenue - Show Me Extraordinary
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
I Gotta Create - Kiss and Tell
Addicted 2 Decorating - Not So Anonymous Link Party
Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Wrap Up Party
Funky Junk Interiors - Sat Night Special
Too Much Time on my Hands - Get Schooled Saturday
Homemaker In Heels - Weeked Craft Soiree
Debbiedoo's - Newbie Party
Homemaker on a Dime - Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop
Everything Under the Moon - Bedazzle Me Monday
Under the Table and Dreaming - Sunday Showcase
Evolution of Style Link Party
The Delectable Home - Show and Tell Monday
Between You and Me - Crazy Cute Link Party
2805 - Potpourri Friday
Stuff and Nonsense - Fridays Unfolded
Redoux - Friday Link Up Party

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