Functional Mudroom with Tons of Storage

I was inspired by the Cutest Mudroom project. Our previous mudroom didn't work for us at all. There was wasted desk space and not enough storage. It was also a mis-match of cupboards, and without a window in the room, the wood and wall color made the room feel small and dark. We ripped out the previous shelving and desk and repainted a light blue color. I drew up plans based of the plans here to maximize our storage space. My husband and brother-in-law built the custom bookshelf towers on each side. We went all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage. I also decided to add cupboards across the top. We painted the entire thing white to keep things bright. We made the bench into a lift-top for storage of winter hats and mittens inside the bench. I upholstered the bench with fabric from Jo-Anns and found bright orange pillows at Linens and Things to give the room a pop of color. We put doors on the top and bottom cabinets and left the rest of the cubbies open and used fabric storage bins to keep everything organized. I love the touch of wainscoting in the middle and the hooks in the middle are for the kid's coats and backpacks. In the center of the whole unit is our family messaging and mail system.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Behr paint and primer in one from Home Depot, color: Frost
Recommended Skill Level