So today was a rare Saturday where we didn't have a ton planned so we decided to go check out tile for our mud room. We ended up picking a great 12x24 tile that is a graphite color.
When we moved in and started the initial demolition I convinced my husband to rip out a small closet in the mud room/laundry room (laundry has moved to the basement). This mud room connects our front drive garage to the rest of our house. Now we have a blank canvas to work with and can do whatever we please. With the same thought process as our kitchen I started browsing the ikea website to see what we could do with the standard cabinets that they provide. I came up with the following design.
The high cabinet on the right will be for shoe storage and the short cabinet on the left will be made into a bench similar to what Little House Blog accomplished. I will sew a small cushion for this area and that is something we can change out depending on how I feel. Above the bench will be hooks for hanging coats and jackets. The upper cabinet above the hooks is only 12 7/8" deep so it won't intrude into the room too much.
This wall is a little more complicated because we didn't want full depth cabinets, they would stick too far into the room and there wouldn't be much of a walkway. Ikea high cabinets do come in 12 7/8" deep cabinets but only 80" high. The solution to this problem is simple, make a custom shelf like our above-the-fridge cookbook shelf. The cabinets on the right will have a counter top and so that will become a cellphone charging zone and a general "drop zone" for my husbands things and keys.
The color of the cabinets will be the same as our kitchen, which makes me so happy because I love continuity! As you can see on the floor plan drawing there is another little niche on the other side of the jut out from Wall B. For now the niche will stay empty and if we need more storage we can always add shelving. Perpendicular to the niche I will put a full length mirror so you can check yourself out before leaving the house.