A while back, maybe in the spring, I planned a William Morris Project post off a piece of furniture from IKEA, only to discover a worldwide manufacturing snafu once I got home and tried to put everything together. I had to scrap the project and do something else. I’d link to it, but I can’t remember the post! Anyway, what I wanted was a shoe cabinet (similar to this one, but not as tall). I wanted to create a mudroom in our entryway to collect school backpacks, coats, and shoes. We never use our entryway for company, and the back entry everyone uses leads to our small galley kitchen. That’s where we usually keep backpacks and coats, but with both boys in school things started piling up on empty surfaces all around the house. The school shoes are supposed to go in shoe drawers (the boys each have a pair of shoes for school only so they last longer) but that never happened last year. I didn’t see it happening this year, either, so we went to IKEA over the weekend to buy the famous shoe cabinet.
The entryway was really a place to store items we weren’t using. It’s narrow and without much room for anything other than the shoe cabinet. The basket I bought last spring to store sporting equipment. I can’t tell you how many times Mikey ran around looking for his baseball bat minutes before we had to leave for practice last spring. I already had the rug, and in the closet I had hooks waiting to hang up.
One small problem: the cabinet wouldn’t attach to our walls unless we tore down the board and batten. The Mister considered it for all of -0.25 nanoseconds. I believe his words were, “We are not altering the house the accommodate furniture from IKEA.”
Good point. So, instead we bought a mirror and a plant and made due with what we already had around the house.
As we were debated the shoe cabinet in IKEA, the Mister asked why it was so important that I have a shoe cabinet in the entryway. I told him that it would be nice if everything school related was in one spot. Shoes get lost, the backpacks don’t have their own spot, coats are left hanging over chairs. I wanted a grand central station for school. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Okay.”
The next day this happened. I started working on the mudroom/entryway immediately.
We ended up using the sport basket (Target) for shoes. The table is the same antique folding table that has moved from room to room for the last 8 years. The hooks are from Anthropologie. There are a few things I would like to change, but I’m still happy with the results. The roman shade isn’t my favorite, but I haven’t decided what I want in it’s place and I didn’t want to buy something new for a pretty picture. It stays until then. The rug is from Overstock, and I like it, but the pile is too thick. I can’t open the closet door easily or the front door at all without moving it all the way back. Normally I have it pulled back away from the door so we have an exit, but I pushed it into place for the pictures. (Yup, I admit it.) I’m on the hunt for something with a low pile and in my budget.
I have to say, the mudroom-entrway worked out great! Getting the boys to school went without a hiccup, and when they came home they knew what to do…and they turned putting their shoes in the basket into a game of football and basketball. Life was grand, everything was in order, and I was pleased to come home from school without having to trip over shoes or search for lost backpacks. Then I opened their school folders and discovered Nicholas forgot his homework, Mikey didn’t take his makeup spelling test, and both boys didn’t give their teachers the notes I typed out the night before.
Progress, not perfection.
This post was part of The William Morris Project, a weekly series that details the steps I am taking to create an intentional home. You can see more of my goals and completed projects here. To learn more about this project, start here.
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