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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Transformation Tuesday?

Yesterday, Between Naps on the Porch hosted the first Metamorphosis Monday. Of course I missed the party, but I figured, better late than never, right? Obviously I can't call in Metamorphosis Monday though, so I came up with Transformation Tuesday. I'm so clever! My first metamorphosis TRANSFORMATION is the entry way closet. It's nothing special, just a closet, but it was quickly becoming a dumping ground. I hate dumping grounds. Also, it was, well, just not that useful. Sure, we could hang our coats up and toss stuff on the floor, but what about the hats, scarfs, gloves, dog leashes, blah, blah, blah? Where were they supposed to go? Huh? Tell me!
I sat in the hallway one day (seriously) and just stared at the closet. I thought and thought and thought. Don't worry, I didn't hurt myself. I drug a few decor/storage/don't-you-wish-you-lived-like-this magazines in and flipped through them, all while keeping an eye on the closet. It had become the enemy and I aimed to conquer it. First the closet, then the world. Wait, forget you read that.

I came up with a plan to turn it into a functioning mudroom type thingy. Fancy technical term that. Of course I had already started the project by the time I thought to take pictures, so here are a few after I took the doors off and started painting (that's why the chair is there). You can see the doors leaning against the wall to the right. I painted the inside a creamy color (though it looks white in the photos).





I got some coat racks (a low one for Indy), used some old storage cubbies, and baskets, got a key box/chalkboard/magnetic doohicky, clock and some hooks and here it is today:




Hooks for the dog leashes and shopping bags, and 2 buckets for loose change.


Clock (to keep us on time-as if), and a memo/key center to keep us organized.


Indy's baskets are low and labeled.

16 comments:

Windy said...

Looks great! Wish I had a space I could use like that! We have the same kind of "stuff" that just has no place to go:)

Deb said...

Great idea. I am actually getting ready to create an area like this in my laundry room. Thanks for the ideas.

Happy Momma said...

Hmmmm... she says as she looks are her closet... would that work in my house? I think it just might... yes, yes, it will! Gotta go take a door off and grab some paint! I'll get back to you on that!

Steph said...

That is the coolest thing. I wish I had one. Great job.

Ells said...

oooh, I like it!!!! Can't wait to see what other creative transformations you come up with! :) Maybe there should be a contest - who can most creatively transform Army housing? The one rule is that you have to be able to pass inspection on the way out. :) Great job!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Great idea! I'm amazed at how much you were able to do with that space...very, very organized. I love it! Susan

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Wow - great job. I SO need to do this in my closet...well, in every room in my house, but that's another story. With homeschooling, it rarely gets done, right?

Jessica said...

Way to get creative, looks super functional!

mammaX3 said...

I love, love, love this!!! I should try it. I have a large, but shallow, coat closet with ugly bi-fold doors right next to my front door. I hate my entryway.
You've inspired me!

victoria ~ auction girl vintage said...

Great job, I love it! Can't believe how many things you fit in and how organized it all is. Sure wish I had a hall closet to do the same, but our oldest son uses the "coat" closet for his clothes ... his bedroom has a built in desk where the closet should be, and we've never bothered to take it out and turn it into closet space. Maybe I'll add that project to my list :o)

Victoria

Taya @ Delightful! said...

I love it! Job well done! I love using labels for stuff like this!

Allison said...

You are SO lucky to have a closet in your entryway...we don't have a closet in our entire house, and our entry way is always a dumping ground for all the things that you have so nicely organized in your closet! I'm jealous!

sarah said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great transformation! Well done~

delightfuldwelling said...

What a neat idea to use a closet for a mini mudroom. Great transformation.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love it! Great transformation! Love those little hanging buckets! Fabulous!

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