Week 4 of our cleaning / home organization challenge has come! This week we will be focusing on our launch pads / entryway / mudrooms. I’ve actually had this area under control for the most part since we moved in. Although, I will be buying a new rug for the downstairs entryway, it’s hard to find a rug thin enough ever since we put in tile.
Browsing through Pinterest I found that most people love lockers. I don’t particularly like the whole “open locker” concept, here is an example of that.
Lockers are just not my cup of tea but I know that a lot of people love it, especially people with kids. It creates a place to hang back packs and coats, but I just can’t… I feel like it looks cluttered, gives me anxiety, and let’s be honest, no one’s house looks Pinterest perfect all of the time. Mine would look like this for like two hours before there were dog toys and hair over everything. That’s another reason why I want my coats enclosed, if you’ve been to my house you know we suffer from my dog’s magical fibers adhering to everything, everywhere. If you can’t do dog hair don’t get a German Shepherd Dog (GSD)….I digress.
For my entry way storage area I decided that I wanted something enclosed, something that could hide messes easily. I picked up this armoire /tv hutch from craigslist for $30, gave it a couple coats of white chalk paint and we were in business. This is a melamine hutch (not solid wood, fake vinyley particle board crap), the chalk paint worked great, it’s still holding up after three years! If you don’t want a permanent structure on your wall this is a great solution.
This hutch has a large area where the TV used to sit, I gutted all of the contents out and put up a closet dowel to hang coats on. You can get the dowel here. You can get the dowel hangers here. I store gloves and dog toys in the middle drawers, and I use the bottom to house all of our shoes. I didn’t bother to paint the inside of the hutch, I actually like that I can just wipe down the melamine, instead of worrying about the chalk paint. This easy fix cost me about $40 all together.
My other solution to entryway clutter is to contain stuff underneath benches in baskets. I picked up the worn out painter’s shop bench at a flea market for $10, I think it’s a perfect rustic addition to our front entryway. Our basement entry has a old door bench that I built out of an old door from the farm. The bench hides my tall boots.
I’ll link some beautiful entryway inspo and good DIY sites below. Click pictures to see websites.
I’m totally in love with round mirrors right now!!! Isn’t this entry to die for!
If you visit Ana White’s website there are a ton of DIY entryway ideas. She is my absolute fav when it comes to DIY furniture!