Welcome back, I have a very special guest today. She’s another power tool junky, but she wears high heels (I myself struggle with that skill). Perhaps she will take me under her wing and show me some tips for wearing high heels comfortably.
If you haven’t guessed who my guest is today, it is Kristen from High Heels and a Hammer!
Well, if you have been deprived of Kristen’s blog and haven’t realized how amazing she is, let me just show you:
She built that headboard herself. Isn’t it beautiful! But, that’s nothing, wait ’til you see what she has for show-and-tell today! She is going to show you how to “Fall in Love with Your Home” via the most used room in her home, the mudroom. Grab your hammers and click your heels together as we welcome Kristen to Pretty Handy Girl! (Tee hee, get it, hammers and heels? I’m such a nerd.)
Hi everyone, I’m Kristen from High Heels and a Hammer and I’m thrilled to be here on Brittany’s blog today. I have long admired her talent and creativity and was delighted to get the chance to hang out with her at Blissdom. She is sincere, supportive, and has a genuine desire to help others.
I recently finished revamping my back entryway. As my old house did not have a proper entryway, I was beyond excited to have a space for backpacks, boots, and snowy jackets. There was only one problem with my new space, it lacked organization and function. This is what our mudroom looked like when we moved in.
And here it is now.
After pricing out many options, I decided to build a bench and shelf system using modified plans from Ana White. I chose to make my bench and shelf out of select pine. Because I planned on painting them white, I knew I could afford to use a less expensive wood.
I varied the spacing of the cubbies for the bench because I wanted a few bigger baskets for soccer socks and shoes and a smaller one for the dog’s leashes and extra collars.
I made a cushion using foam and a bright, graphic fabric. Now we can be sitting pretty while we’re taking of our boots and soccer cleats.
For the shelf, I chose to keep the spacing uniform because I liked both the look and the functionality better. A set of hooks makes hanging up jackets an easy chore, and a few more baskets provide accessible storage for smaller items.
The finished result is a bench and shelf system that is both functional and beautiful.
Like most families, a tremendous amount of paper passes through our home. Often this includes permission slips, notices, and other time sensitive items that could easily get lost in the clutter that tends to pile up on our counters. Keeping these important papers in plain sight inspired another vital addition to an organized and efficient entryway system: a message center. Because we are a fairly large family, I decided we needed a fairly large message center:
I built a message center (from Janell’s instructions) using a 30″ x 60″ project panel, 1 x 3’s, 1 x 2’s, cork, and a strip of magnetic steel. I framed out the cork with the 1 x 3’s and added 2 1 x 2 strips at the top for interest.
And because I like things to look pretty I chose to cover the cork with a creamy linen fabric and trim it out with beautiful braided cording. No more frantic searches for permission slips, or forgotten phone messages.
Our back entryway is one of the most used rooms of our home. I want it to function in a way that is useful and practical. The fact that it’s cheerful and pretty is icing on the cake.
I hope you all enjoyed seeing my back entryway/mudroom transformation. Thank you so much for having me Brittany.
P.s. I am having a giveaway on my blog for a $50 VISA gift card. I hope you will stop by to ENTER!
I know our mudroom bench and coat rack is the workhorse of our family.