I want to do something, and I *know* Darling Husband is going to think it’s a bad idea, so I have yet to bring it up …
Aren’t they amazing? You take off the closet doors, build in a bench (although I don’t think I would necessarily do a bench?) and add gorgeous storage solutions so it looks more like a ROOM than a closet.
In case you need a refresher, here’s the current state of our front hall closet.
I painted it, added cube storage for hats, mittens, etc., added wire baskets for the kids’ shoes (which has worked out awesomely well, because they have a specific spot for them), and prettied things up with wicker baskets and labels.
But … I don’t know … It’s fine. It works. The storage solutions have prevented it from turning into the colossal mess it once was.
I just really want ALL OF THE PINTEREST MUDROOMS.
The trouble is that all of the examples of beautiful closet-turned-mudrooms on Pinterest do not show real-life closet crap — kids’ coats, rubber boots, sneakers, purses, tote bags, bulky grown-up jackets.
They show one white sweater, one towel (huh?) and maybe a twee umbrella. That is certainly not how we live.
I also don’t want to mess anything up that could affect the house’s resale value. We’re not planning on selling any time soon, but we’re still dreaming of moving to a beautiful old farmhouse.
Hmmmm. I have some thinking to do …
I agree that that's probably a better idea in theory than in practice. We live pinterest-perfect lives on instagram, but not in reality. With littles you need a place to hide things, and that's just the way it is. Do you have any stretch of wall space in a foyer, laundry room, etc? When we enclosed our open dining room to create a nursery, we suddenly had this long empty wall in the foyer. I finally convinced my husband for us to do a board & batten treatment on that wall, and it has hooks to hang stuff like jackets/bag/broom and a long thin shelf on the top to lean some photos against the wall. I put at least one canvas family photo and have plans to add more. The whole look is very 'farm-housey'. If you can't have your farmhouse now, you can always add elements of one to your current situation. We bought a 'basic builder' house with zero personality, and we've changed things like the foyer board & batten, added a farmhouse sink & butcher block countertops to the kitchen, added a pedestal sink & built-in cubby storage to the bathroom, etc.