7.31.2017

Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Reveal

 This coat closet/mudroom organization makeover is something I have wanted to do since we moved into this house!  It feels amazing to finally call it done! When we first moved in it was just an empty closet.  I knew it had great potential.  We did all of this for under our $100 budget..


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge



To fully appreciate where it is now, take a look at how it started out.  Here's the before:


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Before

Actually, this is a more accurate "before," since the entire shower rod contraption I had made fell down.


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Before

This is much better, right?


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495

Last week on my update, I explained how we made the shelves out of shelves that were removed from another closet and scrap wood we had on hand.  

I am realizing I should do a separate tutorial on how we built these shelves.  They were very easy and now that I've worked with my husband do it, I'm pretty sure I could do the next ones myself.  So look for that post coming soon!


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495

And let me just address the big blue elephant in the room, er closet.  Yes, I painted it blue.  It's been a source of great discussion around here, because some folks think a closet should only be painted white.  I say, why?  Why not have a gorgeous, velvety blue contrasting against the white shelves?  Now it is no longer a closet.  It is a small room. A small room that makes me very happy when I walk through the door.

This color is Sherwin Williams Great Falls, but with my tweaking.  You see, this is the same color I used when we renovated our powder room, which is off the same hallway as this closet.  However I tweaked the color originally, adding black paint to darken it and take the brightness down a bit. It's a long story, but when our house flooded during Hurricane Matthew, I lost my entire stockpile of paint cans.  They all got water in them and had to be thrown out.  Anyway I kinda forgot about that and when I went to the garage to get that paint I planned on using, I realized it was gone.  So that paint was an unexpected expense.  Anyway the rockstar paint guy at the local store worked with me to figure out the right amount of black pigment to add,  8 drops.  So he named this color Darker Great Falls.  I love it.

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495

Because the closet door conflicts with the back door and created chaos before trying to get kids in the door and opening the closet door, blocking the ones still trying to get in, we decided to try taking the door off.  We are hoping this will encourage the kids to go straight in after school and put their things away.

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Removed door

I decided to give each of our four kids a shelf, youngest on the bottom shelf and up according to age, really size.  The bottom shelf is the perfect height for my four year old.  He very proudly puts his shoes in the bin each time we come in.  They are each responsible for putting their shoes in their basket or on the shelf.  I found these reasonably priced basket weave bins at Walmart and got one for each kid.  I got one for me too because my feet are so small my shoes fit in one too.  They're big enough to hold quite a few pairs of shoes.  

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495, Shoes in Bins


I still kept the boot tray for our rain boots.  These aren't all of them, just the ones clean enough to come inside off the porch. 

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495, Shoes in Bins

During Summer and Fall I like to keep my beach bags ready to go with towels and our other gear.  Those upper shelves will come in handy to stow the beach bags away so they will be easy to grab and go.  I moved that white bench in from the hallway to see how we like it in here.  The hallway has been feeling very narrow to me lately and I'm enjoying the openness now.


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495, Shoes in Bins


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495, Shoes in Bins

For now I have sun hats and other small items in some baskets I wasn't using anymore. 

While we're looking at this shot, I will just say while this ceiling looks vastly better than it did before, it's nowhere near perfect.  I can DIY a lot of stuff, but I am woman enough to admit I am not good at drywall.  After days of trying and my arms about to fall off, I decided this was good enough.


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495, Shoes in Bins

This was the ceiling before:


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Before


Oh I should mention the coat rack!  It came out of a closet in our attached apartment when we renovated it.  Because there was no stud where we needed to screw in the holder on the left, we added a piece of wood to bridge the gap between the studs and give the holder a strong attachment.  I painted it the same color as the wall so it would blend in.


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | How to brace a coat rack without studs

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Built in Reclaimed Shelves, Sherwin Williams Great Falls 6495


I also moved the hooks for the kids' backpacks from the hallway into here even though the spacing is a little tight.  I thought having everything in one spot would help us stay more organized throughout the school year.


Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Kids backpacks on hooks organization

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Kids backpacks on hooks organization

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Kids backpacks on hooks organization

So I think that's pretty much everything!  Except you're probably wondering about the budget.  One good thing about an entire house being under renovation is the amount of materials we always have left over from other projects.  The white paint, drywall mud, wood, miscellaneous screws were all things we had on hand.   


Total Budget:

$100

Total Spent:

Paint:  $32.03
Plastic Bins: (5) $7.58= $37.90
Hanging Rod Holders:  $5.98

Grand Total:  $75.91



If you'd like to see all of the "before" photos you can see them here:

Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge


And my midway update:

Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Progress Update

Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest project.  And I'd like to say a big "thank you" to Erin, of Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry for hosting this great $100 Room Challenge.  Now here are the links to all of the other creative projects from bloggers participating in the challenge.  Check these out!





9 comments:

  1. I love the color!! The shelves look amazing and how cute that everyone has a shelf. Amazing transformation!!

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  2. I LOVE that blue paint! I agree with you, closets can totally be a different color, and it sure makes those white shelve pop. What a beautiful space you created. Thanks for joining the challenge!

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  3. Great job! I think the blue color looks awesome! I also love the big wood planks on the backpack wall.

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  4. Wow! I love the shelves you added and the instant organization! Great job staying under $100 too!

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  5. The closet looks great! Love the blue and the great organization.

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  6. I love that you added the pretty, bold blue color!! I have been wondering about doing something like this and am inspired! :)

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  7. WOW! Absolutely love the paint color and agree that closets CAN be painted another color rather than white! Love the wood detail and how organized it is for the whole family. Amazing job, congrats!

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  8. I agree I love the blue paint as well. And it will hide all of the scuff marks from the shoes way better than white would. Good call.

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  9. I can't believe you transformed it for only $75! It looks so pretty! Love the color choice with the wood.

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