We started with your builder basic closet: one bar, two shelves, and a whole lot of wasted space.
After that, I constructed two wooden storage crates for under the bench.
entire closet dedicated to our coats, so this space can be for our favorite(s), plus my purse, Colin's book bag and anything else that is coming in from or going out to the car. Plus, with the concealed storage below for shoes and the pretty baskets above for miscellaneous items, we are storing all of the same non-coat items as we were before but in a much more organized way!
And, before I forget, I'd like to give a major shout-out to Shelley and Cason of The House of Smiths. Their coat closet to mini-mudroom was my inspiration for this whole transformation, and while I did execute the project, all of the inspiration came from the Smiths. From the idea of the platform below the bench, to the wooden storage crates, to the color scheme, I found much of their design too good to change. And, while some might find my project a little too copy-cat, I like to think this is just one of the many reasons we DIY bloggers blog in the first place: to provide inspiration and encouragement and ideas on how to better use and customize the place where you spend much of your day. Your home sweet home.
PS- I nearly forgot my signature before and after!
A Bowl Full of Lemons' One Project at a Time
Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday