I am so excited to share our hall closet transformation with you! I shared why this closet was failing us and my inspiration for turning it into a mudroom of sorts (here). Before we were lacking a designated place for coats, hats, gloves, and bags. Now, we have a place for everything in a closet that wasn’t meeting all its potential!
I started by going through everything that was in the closet. There wasn’t much so it was fast and easy. Before, I put some cubbies I had used in college for baby items like burp cloths, swaddles, etc. We are far passed that stage, and quickly found there wasn’t much in the closet we were even using! I set aside items that I for sure wanted to go back in the closet and then got to drawing up how to make this closet as efficient as possible. As I mentioned before there were three things we knew wanted in this new space:
1. A Durable Bench – A place for the boys to sit and put their shoes, coats, gloves on.
2. Designated Cubbies – So everything has a place. Especially, shoes. We need shoe access to be really easy. Not only for putting shoes on, but also putting them away. All of these inspirational mudrooms, have a designated spot for common items.
3. Hooks – Remove the old clothes pole and add hooks. Hooks are more practical because they can hold so much more than just clothes!
Here is what we started with!
Once we had a clear idea of what we wanted from this closet, I removed the clothes pole and gave everything a really good cleaning. Once it was clean and cleared out we got to the fun part! We kept the existing shelf and simply added a matching one. I wanted the extra storage and thought it was the perfect area for small winter or summer items. Next, we added a strip of primed 1 x 2 to give the hooks extra support and match the existing 1 x 2.
Once we knew the height the hooks would hang at, we built and installed a really basic bench. The bench is the perfect place for our little ones to sit to put on their coats, mittens, hats, and shoes. I love that now they have a designated place to do this! We made sure the bench was really sturdy, because we are predicting two little boys standing on it at the same time!
After we were done installing everything, it was time to paint. I wanted to use paint we had leftover from other rooms in our house, and ended up going with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray in eggshell. It lightens up this space but also contrasts the shelves and bench. Next, I gave the shelves, trim, and bench three coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove in satin. It is the same paint that we used on the staircase and has held up really well so hopefully the same goes for in the closet! Once everything was dry we added the hooks. We wrapped the hooks all around the closet, to use as much space as possible. The side hooks will be perfect for my diaper bag and reusable shopping bags.
Prior to installing the bench, I found the seagrass baskets (at Target) that I wanted to use and made sure they would fit under the bench. They are perfect for holding the boys’ shoes, mittens, hats, and so much more. For the top shelf, I found coordinating baskets to keep the whole closet cohesive and practical. The round baskets have extra diapers and wipes for when we are downstairs, and the boys’ snow pants. An old crate in the new shelving acts as a catch-all.
We kept the whole aesthetic super simple and clean. This space will be getting a lot of use! I love that the baskets all match without being too redundant. And I even found a place for my old crate (paint and all!). (If you are in search of rustic storage solutions check out this post!) You can see that I still need to do some caulking, but I just had to share it today! I plan to post photos of it in use with more of our “stuff” very soon! Hope your week is going well!
Closet Paint Color// Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray in eggshell
Shelves, Bench Paint Color// Benjamin Moore White Dove in satin
Round Baskets// Target
Square Baskets// Target