I have a little cubby spot in my house that we use like a mudroom. It’s a catch-all for shoes, bags, hats, gloves, etc. Fortunately, there is also a coat closet in this room to keep all the big, bulky coats put away and out of sight. This little mud room started out kind of bland with just the bare minimum of a bench with open cubbies below and hooks attached to bead board. It had absolutely no personality, but it had oh-so-much potential:
As you can see, this spot desperately needed color and pattern. To solve the problem I added a bench pad, pillows, and pull-down doors in place of the baskets.
For the bench pad, I came up with the easiest way to make a bench pad you’ve ever heard of. Seriously. It takes less than an hour to assemble and it’s beyond easy. And the best part is, there’s no sewing required…it’s a no-sew bench pad. If you want to learn more about how I made the bench pad go here.
Sewing machines and I don’t get along so I also have a super easy way to make no-sew pillows, too. My no-sew pillows are so easy to make that it will make you jump for joy when you see for yourself just how easy it is! To learn how to make pillows without a sewing machine, go here.
I also added some doors in place of the open cubbies with baskets. While I love the look of baskets inside cubbies, it seemed almost impossible to find baskets that fit my cubbies just right. The baskets I settled on before I made my cubby doors were not quite wide enough so they looked too small for the cubby space and because they were so low to the ground you could see right inside the basket at the giant mess of shoes and hats and gloves. Plus, they never stayed lined up perfectly straight…they would get put back crooked or one would be pushed back farther than the rest. On top of that, sliding the baskets in and out scraped the paint up after just a couple of months so the paint job looked horrible and yucky. The entire basket situation drove me totally nuts. So, I came up with a way to make DIY cabinet doors that look like professional, store-bought cabinet doors, but for a fraction of the price. I used some leftover wood from making the bench pad as well as some leftover door trim that our builder left us after we built our house and made the doors by hardly spending any money. Here’s a shot I took while in the process of building the cubby doors that shows how much more polished the doors make this spot look. And to see the how-to on an easy way to make your own cubby doors, go here.
Before you leave to go read about how to make your own bench pad, no-sew pillows, and cubby doors, here’s the after pic of my mud room cubby transformation:
Hope you like! I sure do. Now it’s a really cozy, colorful, and happy area in my home. I have even more plans for this spot, which I’ll post as soon as it’s finished. I’ll be back with updates later on this special little place in my home once it’s complete!