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Entryway Mud Room Renovation

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Mudrooms have become quite common in today's modern housing.  And in my opinion, almost necessary.  Young families especially have so much stuff that we need a place to shed our layers when we come through that door.  And don't even think about having guests over, as they stand in the doorway wondering, do I take off my shoes?  Where should I put my coat?  As they secretly find a chair or quiet corner to stash their stuff.

Entryway Before

Our home was no exception.  The front door entryway features a small space behind the door as well as a corner coat closet which easily becomes the famous avalanche of sh*t falling on you each time.

Needless to say, often times backpacks, shoes and coats make their way into the house leaving a trail right to the culprits sitting glued to the tv after school.

We are fortunate enough to have another mudroom by the back door of the house, just off the garage.  But it's even smaller and already overrun by this family of 5.

back door mudroom mess

It's finally time we do something about it and get this space under control once and for all.  I've decided to go with a built-in look to really maximize the space and make it feel intentional and inviting for guests.


I take the project through an 8-step framework which I'm going to share with you now.  Soon you will be able to download a copy of our worksheet which is designed to help you complete your projects.

The 8 Steps are: Prep Work, Planning, Inspiration, Sketching, Material Selection, Scheduling, Execution, Celebration



This is what I want my project to accomplish: I want to create a space in the entryway of our home that is warm and inviting. It should also be intuitive for everyone that enters to know where to put their shoes, coat, bags etc...

My project will be a success IF: I create a welcoming mudroom, free of clutter with plenty of storage for shoes, coats, and bags. I increase my woodworking skills

When I look at my end result I want to feel:  Proud

This is how I want my project to look (i.e. rustic, modern, vintage, clean, colors, shapes):  Upscale, fancy, luxurious, built-in, blue/gray, yellow, white, wainscoting, crown molding, vintage hardware.

Who will this project impact:  Me, my wife and 3 kids, and everyone who enters our home.  Everyone will have a place for their things.

Why is this project important: When entering or leaving the house, everyone should feel organized, free of clutter. Because the kids go out the front door the most to go to school, they need a place for their things.



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 It's finally time to start building.  My favorite part!  All the anticipation and anxiety thinking about all the little details and questions left unanswered, don't matter anymore.  This is called Just In Time Learning.  I only need to know enough to take that first step.  And today it's all about demolition and wainscoting.  Check it out!



Today I finished installing the wainscoting and began constructing the pocket wall box.  I found one on Amazon that I liked, but I wanted to make it myself so that I could customize the dimensions.

I ran into some trouble drawing out my cut lines.  I started to second guess my design halfway through.  The initial drawings I did had the box only 2 inches deep at the top and bottom.  I realized that this would not be big enough and so I had to change all my measurements to increase it to 4 inches deep.  So I had lots of erasing and re-drawing.

Today I remembered that I suck with the jigsaw.  At times I was pushing too hard which caused the blade to angle sideways.  A scroll saw would have been a much better tool because the blade is locked in place on top and bottom.  So I ended up having to use the table saw to fix my crooked edges.  Then I used the multi-tool for the finer detail cuts.  Lastly, I sanded it down real good.

I didn't get the box done like I had planned today.  I only cut 1 side of the box.  I always like to end my day feeling like I have accomplished something or at least have everything prepped for the next day so I can hit the ground running.  So I decided to draw out my cut lines for the trunk and bench.

Here's day 2.

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