Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

Remember back in grade school when we had to write those reports after summer and Christmas vacation? I couldn't help but think about that as Mom, Bill, and I worked on our mini mudroom during the holidays.

We got through Phase 1. More work to be done, but it is now a functional space. Woohoo!

Here is the "before." I'd already cleared out most of our coats and some of the junk that was living in there. But it was still god-awful.

Step 1: Paint. We went with BM's Hale Navy, which I'd also used on the fireplace wall.

My handsomest helper.

Painting done.

Phase 2: Bill installed boards for the hooks. A higher level for the adults and a lower one for the kiddos. Then Mom and I gave them a coat of Swiss Coffee that I had on hand. And Bill built a shelf for the top to add some much needed storage.

Phase 3: Install the hooks, add some baskets, and throw in a bench.

Mom donated this bench, which she wasn't using. It is too small for the space, but it works for now. We plan to build in a bench, but that is Phase 2. (Then I can repurpose the bench as a cute window seat in Liv's room; just need to make a pad for the top.)

You'll also note that I started painting the walls outside the closet in BM's Coventry Gray (leftover from Ben's room). But then Mom and I were brainstorming that I should paint the closet trim white and use the same Navy throughout the laundry/mudroom. Phase 2 as well.

Here you can see the trim that Mom picked out and Bill installed to pretty it up.

You'll also notice that I used white hooks on the side for the kids' backpacks. But the different hooks are bugging me. So those will come down and be replaced with matching hooks. I bought them out at HD, so I have to wait until they replenish their supplies.

Right now we are just kicking off our shoes on the floor, but when the bench is built out, it will have storage or baskets below for shoe storage.

It was a true team effort, and the results are awesome. It is so much more functional now (even Mike thinks so), and it certainly looks a whole lot prettier. I'll be back with Phase 2 one day...


  1. Looks so much better! I love it!

  2. Looks so much better, but I see so much more to do. Add the need to add trim to the top and bottom of both "hook boards". Seems they really need finishing up. Have been looking at benches built in and looking forward to supervising Bill's work again. Couldn't get the pictures you sent me to print, so I'm going to just get them off this post.

    1. Sorry the pictures wouldn't download. Yes, there is much to do. Paint trim, paint walls, find better fitting baskets, build bench, add shoe storage under bench. I look forward to supervising Bill's hard work again too. Clearly, we are management.