A Thoughtful Place: Mini Mudroom Reveal


Mini Mudroom Reveal

I put the finishing touches on our mini mudroom! It has had quite the little journey. It started out as a mess of a coat closet. One of those where you toss things in, and they never come out! We tapped into some unused space under the staircase and created Christmas d├ęcor storage. Then the space became a “Clubhouse.” It still wasn’t functioning as well as we needed more of a command central for the kids when coming in and out of the house. I am so excited with how we revamped it as it’s working great! Here is what it looks like now. Oh, and prepare yourself for a plethora of photos. I couldn’t stop snapping.



There is something so gratifying about organizing a space and actually having it function just as you had hoped. The bench I scored for $75 and you can read about how I transformed it here. You can go here and here for the blue and white fabric. The closest match to my floral fabric can be found here.


When we first made over the space, there was more pink it it. I reprinted the “You Are My Sunshine” print in a blue that goes with the rest of the space.


Nothing like good ole’ Target for a $4 clock. Works great here as we are headed out the door and my daughter is suddenly fascinated with learning to tell time.


This has to be one of my favorite finds lately. I picked it up at The Container Store for $10. It snaps together easily and can hang from the sticky hooks so there is no damage to the walls. I am now using these for the children’s artwork and important papers. I bought file folders to put in each space. I don’t know about you, but the artwork seems to be coming out of the woodwork. So now when they finish their masterpieces for the day, we stick them in here. That way we don’t accidentally toss something special and we can look through them later to see which ones we will hang up and which ones can go in the circular file {aka . . . trash}.



The hanging system is clear so I just printed out their initials and filled the background with blue before printing. Cut them out and used tape to secure them to the files.



I fell in love with these hooks a few months back. I bought them and didn’t know where they would go. Well what do you know! They are perfect for in here for the children’s sweaters and tote bags. I picked them up at one of my all time favorite paper stores. You can now find Confetti Ink and their amazing paper goods online here. 


Ahhhh!!! You see that!! Even my two year old is digging the new hooks and actually using them.


Because it is a coat closet, our mini mudroom is obviously quite small.  Therefore it is also really tough to photograph. There is plenty of room for the kiddos to plop down and get there shoes on and be ready for the day. There is enough head room that my husband and I can also sit comfortably on the bench.


The ABC print is from Couture Prints and is matted with burlap.


The shoe bins are from The Dollar Tree and have been working out great. At first my youngest would just throw his shoes on the ground after taking them off. He is now putting them in his bucket. Success!!!! One last thing for mommy to pick up! The kids like to play “school” in here with the chalkboard and the magnetic board. We have had some mean games of hangman recently!!!

Here is a little look back at  the many lives of our coat closet. You can read all about it here.


There is a tutorial for the magnetic board and painting the stripes here.

So we still have the storage pockets on the door and they have changed my life. I LOVE them. More about those here.

I relocated the items that were in the white storage unit to other places and better utilized the awkward sloping ceiling with the storage bench. Nothing like redoing a space just two months after completing. But I must say it was well worth it.


Done at last! Functioning well at last! Not sure a coat closet has ever had so many reincarnations!


Thanks for sticking with me on the long process!

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  1. This is absolutely adorable!! Love. Love. Love–the style, those hooks, and all those cute little accents. Fabulous idea! I'm inspired...
    Jeanine :)

  2. It looks fantastic! Very clever use of space. I love the Container Store file folders with the kids' initials. With 4 kids, I am forever looking for places to put papers. I just may borrow that idea from you :)

  3. It looks sooooo good! Those hooks are adorable!

  4. Love it! Love that everything you do looks like a million bucks and then you surprise me and say the words "Kohls" and "Target". So inspiring.

  5. People would normally be put off by doing "something" with such a small space. You have proven that every space, not matter what size, has a right to look as good as the rest of the house. It looks ah-mazing!

  6. This an such an adorable space Courtney! Just when I thought it couldn't get any cuter, it did. Love those nautical hooks!

  7. I love your new look, so clean and organized!
    You have some very fun ideas you've incorporated
    as well!

  8. Simply adorable. I love the special touches and the stripes!

  9. Courtney, it is AWESOME! What a great use of space. Makes me want to redo mine, and my kiddos are 17 and 21!!! Okay, so maybe that ain't gonna happen, but love it anyhow!!! Great job.

  10. So creative and talented, what a fun mom! My fave part... the thought of you huddled in that space trying to take pics! Job well done!

  11. This looks great! I wish I had a little nook like this.

  12. It's fun and functional! What could be better! You did an amazing job with it, Courtney. I love the striped walls and the bench worked out perfectly. Also, love the fabrics you chose. Great job!

  13. It really is fantastic! I'm a little motivated to get my hall closet cleaned up...!

  14. It looks so great! I love your filing system for the kids artwork... I think I'll try to implement something similar! Awesome idea.

  15. It looks so good! Makes me wish we had a little nook like this.

  16. I love it...I mean really, I love everything! The previously painted stripes, the organized organza hanging on the door, the coat hangers, AND I love the striped boys coat...where did you get that?

  17. such great use for the space! i love it!

  18. Oh Courtney I love it!!!! What a perfect space for the kiddos to have all their belongings and I am so happy that they are using the buckets! Another success!!! :)

  19. Absolutely fabulous!! What a great space..and perfect nook for them! You squeezed all the useable space out of that little room, and made it fun and functioning!

    You know what I'm going to suggest don't you? Painting the sloped ceiling a dun accent color...or running the stripes vertically?!?

  20. Awesome awesome awesome. I love it! I love that your little one is even hanging things up! The nautical themed hooks are adorable.

  21. So cute, I love it. Especially the stripes!

  22. I love your mudroom! I featured you over at Just Pleased as Punch . Check it out!

  23. Love the redo, We are thinking of doing the same to a closet under the stairs, so that we have the extra holiday storage space.

  24. Love it! It looks amazing! You have thought through all of the little details and it really shows!

  25. Such an amazing transformation! What a great use of space...I love everything in it too!

  26. Loved it the first time, but it's even better now- especially since it's functioning for you better! It's so cute to see your little son in the room in his pj's!!! And maybe you want to link this up to Centsational Girl's blog party tonight too! :)

  27. Such a great revolution and functional for the whole family. Love the way it looks! :)

  28. This is really great and functional. Perfect combination!

  29. So loving this! You fabric are gorgeous and I love those coat hooks!


  30. Adorable, I love it all! XOXO ~Liz

    P.S. Also a new follower. =)

  31. Beautiful job! I love that you used a space with such creativity! :)

  32. This is seriously the cutest room!! I love everything about it and I'm sure your kiddos have so much fun playing in there! Amazing job :)

  33. I can see why you couldn't start snapping! :) It is gorgeous. There isn't one thing I don't like. Great job!

  34. This looks so good!!! My oldest went to a friends house this week and they have a similar space (not as cutely decorated of course - LOL) and she said - "mom look how cool is this, I want one!" :) Our HVAC is in our space under the stairs, so we won't be getting a cute storage place :( so we can vicariously through our friends online and down the street! Link this up with our Saturday Spotlight - we are keeping it open until Wednesday this week!

  35. What a great use of space, Courtney! And you got so much out of the room too - playspace, organization, huge cuteness factor! Great job.

  36. Wow, this is a great space. You did a great job and its everything-- kid friendly, useful and pretty. I love it.

  37. Wow! This is a great use of space! I love how you used what you had to make not only a functional mini mudroom, but a creative and well styled space. Congrats on all your hard work!

  38. SO cute. I am dying. I love a little miniature space!

  39. I LOVE this! Its PERFECT for you to Link up at my Linky PAR-TAY,

    Whassup Wednesday!!!

    And I have a party button you can grab so your friends can come too:)



  40. Love this space! Simply Adorable! The stripes and color scheme are fantastic!

    I'm a new follower, I would love for your to stop by sometime!


    Warm Wishes,

  41. I love what you've done! Decorating/organizing my mudroom/laundry room is on my ever-growing to-do list. It's awesome when you can have a great looking yet functional room. :)

  42. Cute!!! I'm featuring you on my Flaunt it Friday features, thanks for linking up! :)

  43. I love this!!! What a great use of space! Geez, why didn't I think of this in my last house with all the wasted space under the stairs?! You're very inspiring; thanks!

  44. Well done - your space looks just fabulous! I linked this to my mudrooms and entryways post too today, you did a lovely job!


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