Transform Your Coat Closet into a Mud Room

My wife decided she no longer liked our hallway coat closet and I needed to turn it into a mud room. It was looking pretty ugly, I’ll give her that, but we were storing a lot of stuff in there. I wasn’t ready to give up all that storage space for some shoe cubbies, a bench and a couple hooks. So we scoured Pinterest for days and finally came up with a solution that worked for both of us.


Our closet was quite the eye sore.

After a few trips to the local home improvement store I was ready to start my DIY project. I began by making the bench/cubbies. First, of course, I had to clear out the closet floor.


Then I cut out and put down the base and sides of the bench:mud24

After that I began to cut out and make the center cubbies:mud25

After I cut the boards I used my Kreg Jig to secure them together:

I made sure to screw them together at a right angle.mud27When I was done, I had a piece that looked like this:mud29

I dropped that into my base and sides in the closet and added the top for the bench:


Next I removed the shelf from the closet and built my own:

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I needed to add some braces to support my upper cubbie/shelf:


In a effort to give my closet some more depth, I decided to remove the drywall on the back of my closet. I wish I had done this first.


Once it was finally all removed it looked like this:


The reason why I wanted a few more inches of depth is because I still wanted to utilize the area as a small closet. That would mean I need to build doors:


Here were the hinges I went with:


After the door frames were built I added some wainscoting and trim. I also added a little shelf on each side:


I added wainscoting the the sides:


At some point along the way I added trim and caulked any gaps and screw/nail holes:


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Then I started painting:




When it was done, I added some hooks, baskets and bins and we were in business!


And my favorite part of the whole thing is the hidden storage we still have:


What a huge difference before and after huh?

Transform your coat closet into a mud room

Like every DIY project, it took a bit longer than I wanted it to but I’m fairly pleased with the end result. I might consider buying doors if I had to do it again next time. The doors ended up giving me the greatest source of headache.

Transform your coat closet into a mud room


7 thoughts on “Transform Your Coat Closet into a Mud Room”

  1. Man, that’s one of your most impressive d.i.y projects you’ve done to date. Good stuff buddy. I wish I had your handy man abilities… that is well documented.

  2. Great job!! I’m looking to transform our closet into a mudroom too. I’ve been searching for different ideas and I really love yours. I just have one question, what are you hanging your hidden items on? Did you just put a tension rod up back there?

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