I present to you; The Mudroom.
This has been a long work in progress. The plans will that this mudroom will serve as the main entrance for the house for the family (read: school years). For a couple of reasons... 1. we put on a code padlock, so no need for keys and lost keys and forgotten keys and i accidentally ate my key keys (I can see it happening..)
2. Our main entrance, though equipped with a front hall closet, doesn't lend itself for a lot of drop-your-stuff-space. If we fast forward life a bit, I wanted a designated area and easy access for school bags, muddy rain boots, running shoes, dog leash and accessories (read: poop bags. All the poop bags), ALL THE HATS AND MITTS (oh my gosh.), etc. So you know....by very definition, A Mudroom.
When we moved in, the porch off the kitchen was a touch worse-for-wear. The wooden
beams everything was rotting, not insulated, was sinking, and was basically a mouse hotel. While we did the kitchen reno, I mistakenly loaded up the back porch -which then had lots of build in shelves and storage - with dry goods. Well, a day later when I opened up the pantry to grab some crackers EVERYTHING was shredded. And eaten. And pooped on. So that was nice. Enter mouse traps--- exit an entire family history of mice. Sorry guys, but, you asked for it.
So from then on that room until we could give it some attention became a bit of a drop-zone for stuff. But once the weather warmed up...
- down came the walls
- new window
- new door
- new walls
- new floor supports
- new floor
- new light fixture
- upper shelving/"cubbies"
- Bench w/ storage
- Magnetic display
Keep in mind, this was about a 2 year project. Because it wasn't something like a kitchen reno where it NEEDED to be done to have your day-to-day life function, we just picked away at it as both money and time allowed.
Initially we had some contractors quote out to do the cubbies/bench/storage solution. But....it came with a hefty price tag. We were willing to pay for the work to be done, but also had a budget. Those quotes...well, they blew up our budget. Like...exploded. So...what else to do but turn to Ikea...and make it so.
We got all the shelving from ikea. We spaced out the upper shelves and then put in fake face plates to make it look super custom. Still need to do that on the bottom unit, but...time. Added a strip of Crown Moulding to the top and bam. Custom cubbies at a fraction (f.r.a.c.t.i.o.n.) of the cost.
For the bench, we had a long strip of foam custom made and cut for us. Then I got some outdoor fabric (60% off ....woop!) and covered the foam cushion. THIS WAS EASY. Seriously-- no sewing skill at all needed. Barely any skill needed, really. So we had the wooden base for the bench, the cushion, and fabric. Lay down the fabric good side down, put the cushion down and centred, topped with the wood. Pull the fabric up one side at a time and staple. Boom. Done.
The Magnet Wall, is quite simply a metal sheet with moulding attached to frame it. What's better about this is the metal was left here in the house, AND the trim was leftover from another project. So this cost us virtually $0.
For the baskets up top...ugh. Don't get me started. You'd think for an Ikea shelf that ikea boxes/bins would exist. Well, sure, they DO, but not the size I wanted. They needed to be big enough to hold a fair amount of hats/mitts/etc but I didn't want them to overhang the shelf. I was very picky about the boxes. One night I went to 5 different stores but couldn't find anything that I was happy with. So, you'll be surprised to discover the end result were diaper boxes covered in raw canvas....