And by “we” I mean the coat closet doors! Yayyy! I shared my plan for some changes in our mud room the other day, and if you were paying close attention you’ll remember that one of the first things on the list was to take off the closet doors so I can turn the coat closet into a little mini mud-room-with-the-mud-room. So check that off the list, because the doors are off!
After thinking about doing this for months, I finally just grabbed a screw driver and headed for the hinges. The doors came off really easily, and for right now they are just sitting in the floor in the office. I will probably end up storing them in the basement and maybe I’ll use them in a crafty way in the future. Or maybe I’ll just use them as closet doors in the future when we finish the basement down the road. Heck, maybe they’ll even end up right back where they started. (Kidding, Kreig!)
Apparently I never sanded the filled nail holes on the inside of the door casing — add that to my list! After removing the doors by unscrewing the hinges, I also removed the little metal plates at the top of the casing. The doors have little ball-like metal pieces at the top that lock into these little plates when you open and close them. They were just attached with a couple screws, so they were no biggy to remove.
Both the hinges and the upper metal plates were sitting in the wood of the casing, so I now have some chunks to fill before I paint the trim. (Add that to my list.). I knew I waited a year to paint the trim for a reason.
With both doors and hardware off, here’s what I was working with. A mess.
I starting emptying out the ridiculousness that I called a coat closet. I’ll spare you those details, but here’s what it left the mud room, hallway and office looking like. Note that some of this stuff is still there days later. My poor pretty office.
Once I emptied stuff out, I sorted everything into three garbage bags — donate, garbage, and keep. A lot of our shoes got moved to our closet, since we tend to wear the same ones repeatedly so we only need a handful of pairs each in the mud room at any given time. Many of our sweatshirts also got moved to our closet as well. Once I got everything out and sorted, I finally had a bare shell of a closet.
Then I removed all of the shelving. I am thinking it will eventually end up over the washer and dryer, since there are no shelves in there. At this point I moved the bench in there to make sure it actually fit! It’s like it was made for that closet! Oh, and I threw the dogs up there to make sure it was an okay size to become their day bed. They were completely confused.
So the doors are off and the shelves are down, and the bench fits! Next up: filling and sanding all the screw holes and painting the walls!
And here’s an updated to-do list:
Remove the doors from the coat closet. This way we can walk in and step to the right, into the closet and take our shoes off in there.
- Paint the coat closet to match the rest of the room. I originally painted it with a light blue-ish green color that I got by mixing some blues and greens from other spaces, mainly because I thought the navy would make the closets too dark. If I remove the doors, though, I want it to look like part of the room.
- Fill the indents left from the hinges and ball-catch plates on the door casing.
- Move the bench into the coat closet and create kind of a little mini-mudroom within a mud room area. Check out this inspiration pic. Mine won’t be as nice and built-in looking, but see what I’m saying?
- Upholster the bench, or create a removable cushion. This will double as a dog bed when we’re not home, so we don’t have to have an actual dog bed on the floor. Does this gross anyone out?
- Buy or make a gate for the hallway, so we can gate the dogs in the mud room when we leave.
- Hang coat hooks in the closet, above the bench along with maybe some shelves and baskets up high.
- Makeover a long dresser (from my childhood bedroom) to go in the bench’s place and provide storage for extra coats, sweatshirts, and maybe even shoes. I think I’ll do better with storing coats if I can fold them instead of hanging them.
- Hang some shelves and/or a rod in the laundry closet. Right now there are no shelves in there so there’s a lot of wasted vertical space going on. I may use the shelves that are in the coat closet now, but I haven’t decided yet.
- Remove the hook rails from the wall and repair the holes left behind.
- Relocate the key hooks and dog leashes closer to the door. Their location now (right next to the hallway archway) causes a lot of mud too, because we have to walk across the mud room with our shoes on when we forget to grab our keys.
- Sand the filled nail holes on the door casing, and fill and sand the ones that aren’t done yet.
- Paint the doors and trim. Because I never did when I was supposed to. You know, before we moved stuff in the house. Before I did a zillion other unnecessary projects. Before I decided I didn’t need closet doors anyway. Well, at least I have two less doors to paint now.
Wow, why is it getting longer? Well, at least the first step is done…. and I am pumped to get painting!