Miracle Worker Mudroom

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I sometimes refer to my parents as the “miracle workers” because when they come to town, miracles happen. Projects that have only been visions in my mind are miraculously brought to life. And things get done in a fraction of the time they would take my husband and I to do them.

Such is the case with my miracle worker mudroom. I wanted to share this with you right away, because the wonderful, Wendy at The Shabby Nest (I did her blog design :-)), is having linky party about taming kid clutter, and this is one of the best things we have done, thus far. We now have two kids going to school, and something had to be done about back packs, shoes, coats, etc.

I realize I am a lucky girl. Our old home would have never had room for anything remotely like this. And I am lucky that my dad got excited about my ideas for this space, and went to town designing, and building this mudroom.

We did this pretty inexpensively. Of course, the most expensive thing was the lumber. I bet you’ll never guess who picked the red paint color. Yep, Boy Scout Barry, who is all about neutrals and tans (khaki-on-khaki kind of guy) campaigned for the red. I was planning to go with white to blend in with the trim in this walk-through pantry, but white would have meant purchasing paint. We were able to use the red paint that we got for free from my in-laws and used on the kids desk I wrote about here. There was plenty for the mudroom, and for at least a couple more projects I have in the works.

I had also planned to put up some attractive beadboard behind the shelves, but if you look closely, you will see that we once again, opted for the economical option of painting the wall behind red so that it would look like it was all one piece.
I found the hooks for a good price at IKEA, and made the number plates at the top of each locker, from some scrapbooking supplies I had around the house–so those didn’t cost any money (except for the little screws to put them in). If you want to know how I made those, I will do another post. The shoe baskets came from Cost Plus World Market.

Like most projects in my home, this isn’t totally finished. For aesthetics, and practical reasons, I am planning to put a small sheet of corkboard in the top of each locker. And I’d like to finish off the top with a few more baskets for hubby’s random stuff that he likes to put high so it is out of kids’ reach. And eventually it would be nice to sew some cushions for sitting down to put on shoes. But for now, the biggest project here, is training the kids to use this space as it is intended.
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  1. The Golf Widow says

    I will have one of those in my dream home.And my kiddos will always keep it beautiful and tidy 🙂

  2. I love it. Wish I had room for something like this.

  3. restyled home says

    These turned out beautifully! We love our lockers more than anything and I love the fantastic red you have chosen for yours!!

    Those are some pretty wonderful parents you have…!!


  4. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest says

    What a great little mudroom! I do love the numbers…so if you want to post about making them some time that would be fine by me 😉

  5. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says

    Oh Yeah, I’m jealous! That is a great storage area!

  6. How fantastic is this! I wish I had a big enough mud room to do something like this with it! Great job and I love the color you painted those!

  7. I love it! I so wish I knew someone handy.

  8. Heather, aka Jake's Mommy says

    Aww, can I adopt your miracle workers in their off time? … It may not pay well, but I’m a great cook!! 🙂

  9. Beautiful area. I love the red paint.

  10. Turned out so great and just love the red! great system.

  11. I have an area like this also but I wish I would have done locker style rather than cubbies. I would love to see you post on making the number markers. Thanks for sharing. You shared another great idea about Monday is…, Tuesday is… Very awesome. Thank you!

  12. First you chose my fav color for furniture: red. Then you put it on something that organizes – one of my favorite things to do! HOME RUN!!!
    I love “go to it” parents. I think mine have energizer batteries in them. Love your posts. Annie from No Fuss Fabulous

  13. Found you on Twitter. Love your blog! And this project is beyond wonderful! I love the color and the cubbies…and everything!
    I’m bookmarking you, I’ll be back!
    ~Robin Rane
    All Things Home

  14. Wifey Dessert says

    i love this!! the red is fabulous!!! it is so great to have all your stuff in one place for busy mornings! love it!

  15. Pretty Organizer says

    Not only are they insanely cool… they’re RED which makes your mudroom even more fabulous! I think I need to paint the back with white and black diamonds! Oh, girl, what a great post. I’m wishing I had the wall space to pull it off! 8 peoples things lined up looks more like institutional lockers… unless I had a 5K sf house… oh just dreaming!

    Great post… my brain juices are flowing… poor honey do list just got a little longer.
    Oh… and we get sanity from the same place;)

  16. Michelle@Everyday Celebrating says

    I’m jealous!!!!! I love it!!!

  17. knittingknirvana says

    Wow! I love this!!!

  18. Awesome! I have the pottery barn version on my “wish list”, but yours looks SO good! Good job!

  19. I LOVE IT! I sooo much would LOVE to have THAT! And I LOVE LOVE the red!

  20. Small House says

    Love your blog. Such fun ideas.

  21. Your mudroom is beautiful! I just blogged about lockers this week – I love yours!

    Love your blog too! Thanks for letting me stop by!


  22. Donna @ Party Wishes says

    I wish I had room for something like this. My kids just seem to dump stuff by the front door as soon as they walk in! LOVE the red!

  23. kendra. . .

    i love it!

    i would love for you to post the dimensions on it. height, length of bottom and top, depth, etc. . . .

    thank you so much! my hubby or his dad or my dad. .. hopefully someone is going to build us some for our future home. i love yours and they look fantastic.


  24. These are absolutely gorgeous! I too would love the dimensions if your wonderful hubby wouldn’t mind posting them. He did an amazing job and LOVE the color!


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