I will show you how I turned an old hutch into a mudroom area that is better than I thought!
When we bought this house, I always assumed that I would use part of the laundry room as a mudroom. But once all of the cabinets, sink, washer and dryer were in place, it became evident that it just wasn’t going to work out that way. Enter sad face. A really sad one.
Inspiration struck though, in the form of an old wooden hutch that we inherited.
Before I tell you about the transformation of the hutch, take a look at how it started out. Here she is sitting on our screen porch outside, before the porch makeover.
The top half of the hutch is what became my dropzone. The only thing holding the top half to bottom half were two pieces of metal attached to the back. All I had to do was to remove the screws from the metal to get the two pieces apart. The doors were removed, the holes from the hinges were filled in with wood putty and the entire piece was sanded and spray painted white.
After reinforcing the back with a couple of 1 x 4 boards, I attached two D rings to hang it from the wall with.
This thing will get yanked on a lot as it is where my granddaughters will hang their coats and backpacks along with Pookie and I using it for coats, my pocketbook and the dog leashes. I made sure to insert the screws for the D rings into wall studs. It is further reinforced by using long screws to attach the hooks that are running across the bottom. The screws go all the way through the bottom of the hutch, into the wall. You can find the hooks HERE.
I looked everywhere for some affordable enamel numbers, but none were to be found. I finally ran across these outdoor house numbers at Lowes. At $1.48 each, they are the perfect finishing touch for the dropzone!
Fabric bins and a galvanized bucket from HomeGoods will work well to hold winter gloves and hats and other little items this winter. All of the other decorations are from my stash. As a nod to summer, I filled one of the glass canisters with driftwood pieces and placed a faux bird’s nest in the other.
Talk about an area that’s hard to photograph! The dropzone is located in an L shaped hallway that is off of the kitchen and runs between the entrance from the garage and the doors to the laundry room, back porch and powder room. Whew! I had to stand on my head, hold my breath and wiggle my nose to get these pictures. Ha!
The next two photos were taken from the doorway of the powder room and gives you a good view of the dropzone from the other side.
This shot, taken from the kitchen, gives you an idea of just what an awkward area it is. Because of the lighting coming in from the breakfast area windows, the walls in the two spaces appear to be two different colors, but they aren’t.
Oh – would you like to see where I used the other half of the buffet? Why, it’s on the back porch! It looks absolutely perfect there!
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So how about you – do you have any pieces of furniture that you’ve repurposed into something else?