Entryway/Mudroom Reveal ~ Part 1: The Bench/Shelf System I Built

HI there.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I am so excited to share this post with you today because I built this myself! :)  We were hard at work the past few days.  I’m calling this my Mudroom Reveal – Part 1 because we are still finishing up some smaller projects to complete this room.  But the big projects are finished.  Yea!  Don’t you love the feeling of a finished project?  I know I do.  Here’s our finished entryway bench and shelf system.

Isn’t it pretty?  When we moved in, there was a small built-in bench in this corner.

The problem was that it just wasn’t very functional for our family.  We looked at many different options before we finally decided to make our own.  I found some great plans on Ana’s site.  If you’ve never visited Ana-White, you should.  She has an awesome site with easy to understand plans.  There is such satisfaction in building your own furniture! :)

We used her plans for the Entryway Bench/Shelf System and modified both a bit to fit our space.  Because there is no natural light coming into this room, we opted to paint our pieces white to had a bright and cheerful feeling to this space.  They go well with our yellow walls.

I made a cushion for the bench seat by simply stapling fabric around foam cut to fit the seat.  I chose a geometric shape in turquoise and yellow for fun contrast.

We decided to make the center cubby in the bench smaller than the other two for a few reasons.  We are using the smaller basket for Romans toys.  We wanted space for a couple of bigger baskets for soccer socks/shin guards and extra shoes.  We varied the color and textures for added interest.

For the shelf, we decided to keep all the cubbies and baskets the same size.  I like the way the baskets look, all being the same size and color.

The hooks will be a great place to hang up jackets and scarves and whatever else we want to keep off the floor and away from the inquiring mind (and mouth) of the dog.

Here is another look at the before picture, just for fun.

And now the completed after once again.

Wow, what a difference.  Now this space is organized, functional, and fun.  I’ll share more details on this space in the days to come.  Have a great Monday!

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12 Responses to Entryway/Mudroom Reveal ~ Part 1: The Bench/Shelf System I Built

  1. Rebecca says:

    Great job! We’ve been thinking about building that bench too!

  2. Love how this mudroom turned out! I looks so organized and fresh! Great job!

  3. You are my hero!!! I’ve been on the DH to finish up my laundry room with similar shelves and well, I’m still begging. Maybe I’ll follow in your footsteps and do it myself!!

  4. Beth says:

    I love it! It turned out so great and I’m already pulling up Ana’s website to get those plans!

  5. Lowbudget says:

    Nice job! Looks really good. I am sure you will get plenty of use out of this area.

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  8. Sandra says:

    Wow! Great job. Love the functionality of both pieces and they look great too! Thanks for linking up.

  9. Lily says:

    Very excited to see this post! Getting ready to buy a house and one of the first things i want to do is build one of these for the entry way! Thanks! Its beautiful!

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