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Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. I didn’t post on Monday so we could enjoy the weekend. Jake wasn’t off on Labor Day, but on Saturday morning we headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a quick trip to surprise his mom for her birthday. I realized this weekend that I hadn’t shared a home decor blog post yet. You’ve probably seen glimpses on Instagram of our home, but I haven’t shared our mud room entry yet. It is one of Jake and my favorite parts of the home because it’s so necessary for storage.
I did briefly share on Instagram stories that I was putting the bench together. I had a lot of interest to see the final product. Yes that’s right, I did assemble it myself. I had Jake tighten it after I was done though. The assembly of the bench is so easy IF you follow the directions. I had to unassemble then reassemble a few things because I put panels in backwards. Oops!
Our home was built in the 1950s, so we have little storage. I have taken over the hall closet, which was probably meant for coats. This was a necessity. I was afraid it would take up too much room, so I found the most narrow bench I could that also served as storage.
What You Need To Create A Mudroom:
I love the built-in mudrooms, but we were doing this on a budget so I decided to create my own.
You really only need a bench and coat hook to create a mudroom. We used this bench so we could have shoe storage and a place to put our car keys. This project was super cheap; I spent less than $100. I already had the picture thanks to a wonderful wedding gift from my friend Kristen. I also had the pillows and other decor too. The galvanized vase also doubles as a spot to store umbrellas. It rains a lot in Birmingham, so it’s perfect to be able to grab an umbrella as you walk out of the door.
Jake used to keep his white coat and work necessities out on the kitchen bar stools, so this was the perfect solution for our house. I cannot wait to share more of our home soon. I picked up a new fall wreath for the front door and door mat yesterday, so I am slowly getting ready for fall too.
I have always wanted a mudroom. I like the idea of having a bench with a cushion, with storage room for shoes underneath.
I did too! We are having to be more creative with storage in our new house, so I had brain stormed for a while before decorating. I wasn’t sure if it would fit, but luckily it did. It is really nice having the bench. I find myself using it all of the time as I grab shoes and walk out the door. My husband uses it a ton too.
Loving your eucalyptus wreath! That’s so fun and perfect for any season. You did such a good job keeping things budget friendly!! Love the bench!
Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com
Thank you so much! I plan to use it all year 🙂
I love that wreath! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!
It is even prettier in person 🙂 I love it.
So, so cute!!! I love it – especially the pop of green!!
Thank you so much, Kaitlin! 🙂 I love this space.
This turned out so perfect! I’ve been wanting to do this exactly thing in our entry 😁 Def buying that bench!
Thank you so much 🙂 It really is so practical. I am glad we did it because we need as much storage as we can get.
I love the hooks in your mud room!
Thank you so much 🙂 Hooks are expensive, so I was glad to find an inexpensive one that I liked.
What a great little nook, so perfect for storage of coats and shoes when you’re coming in from outside! It just goes to show that you don’t need a big, fancy mud room to have a beautiful and functional space!
Thank you sooo much 🙂 It really is so nice to have and that’s so true.
Such a cute spot! I love that sign with your last name!
Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com
Thank you so much 🙂 I got that as a wedding gift and love it.
Hi Courtney, I am sure it was a wonderful surprise for your mother in law to see you two show up in Tulsa! Your mudroom is so cute! I am looking forward to the rest of the tour after this hehe. It is just perfect with the bench and coat hook. I love the picture from your wedding so lovely . You did a great job putting the bench together, I too have had to go in reverse putting stuff together. You got it in the end! Take a bow, hugs, Terri xo.
Hi Terri! It was so nice. She was completely surprised. Thank you so much 🙂 I will get that up soon. I need to clean my house first, so I can take more pics. Yay, I was so proud to have assembled it myself. I am not good at handy stuff haha.
There is no pressure Courtney on getting photos up! Good for you Girl , you can do it! Have a lovely wednesday, hugs, Terri xo.
Thank you so much, Terri. You too <3
You did such a fantastic job, Courtney! I love how it turned out. I also want that wreath!
You so sweet 🙂 Thank you so much. I am happy with how it turned out.