Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hello, Storage...


Custom built storage...


Remember how the wall used to be?

When it was the dining room there was an arch - a walkway, through the room...

When we framed in and closed off the arch to create the new playroom, it presented the perfect opportunity to use the entryway as a truly functional space.

And thanks to my carpenterific husband, the idea of a built-in was turned into a reality!


Three cubbies for our three kids makes storing their shoes in the wire baskets an easy solution to scattered shoes...


Two hooks per locker mean kids and adults alike can hang up their coats and bags when they come in the front door...


And as an added bonus, I got three display boxes out of the deal that I can change with the seasons and holidays...





We built it the same height as the frame around the transom window to give the space a uniform look. This also gives the feeling that the built-in has always been there, from the time the house was built...


I found the hooks at Lowe's and after debating over which color to choose, I'm happy that I went with these one's - I love the black against the stark white...


More often than not, it looks like this:


...filled with lunch boxes,

shoes and coats...


The best part is that we use it every day!



A totally worth while project that made our home a bit more organized and gave it more of a custom feel!





P.S. I am posting this at Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

and Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

and Furniture Feature Friday at Mustard Seed Creations

Check them out! You're sure to be inspired!

79 comments:

Mama Thompson said...

I love it!....looks so fantastic...not that anyone will be surprised! Good job Will!

Jennie said...

Amazing! What did you do on the back side? Is it a wall?

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Beautiful! It looks perfect!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Another stunning transformation about to hit blogland! Just awesome. You and hubby make a wonderful team!

Donna

Shanty 2 Chic said...

I am such a huge fan of cute storage!!!!! This is absolutely perfect! I want one!!!!!!!!!!! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

KellyH said...

That is so cool and so great looking! Love your house and your blog!

L.Duncan said...

Well done guys! I love it!

lyndsay stradtner said...

I love this, great job!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

I absolutely love it! What a fantastic idea. ;o)

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

It looks absolutely great. And I love how you use the top shelves for displays.

Halle@HouseCapated said...

Wow! Beautiful and amazing. Great job carpenter!

Annie said...

that looks amazing, I'll def be doing the same for my mud room!

Joanna @ The Casa said...

That is perfect! I am putting that right in my "want" file! Great job all around with the remodel.

duchess said...

What a great project! Love it. Your hubby's very talented.

Tracey said...

I am so jealous...you have such a great house! I so want one of those coat areas. My place just isn't big enough. You are blessed.

East Coast Suburbanite said...

Wow! looks amazing and I love how functional it is. Wish I could do the same. You guys are so inspiring.

Jessica said...

That looks spectacular! Great job!

Astrid said...

I love those lockers! I wish I had space for some but there just isn't any room...darn it!

Rebekah said...

SUH-weet!!!

Noodle said...

Fantastic job that looks substantial and permanent. You've managed an elegant, useful addition to your home!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

It turned out so well, your husband is really quite the carpenter! I love the black hooks for the same reason you do, and the little display boxes!
I bet the kids love it...enjoy!
Janell

Chris said...

I just LOVE cubbies and hooks and baskets... I could go on and on. This turned out just beautifully! WHERE did you find the wire baskets?? I've been looking for those exact ones! Love it all!

Marla said...

That is a great entryway and a great way to organize all the stuff. good job

Jbear said...

The lockers are just gorgeous. I love how dressed up they are with all the detail trim and beadboard backing. The wire baskets are perfect and just imagine the possibilities of the display boxes! Most of all I love how you turned an unused room into something so functional as the playroom and an arched opening into coat lockers. I love how you think outside the box to make your home useful and perfect for your family.
Jill

Chris said...

I am so glad you did this , it is perfect , I wish I had the space to make one of thes in my house , gorgeous as always.
Chris

Country girl said...

Its gorgeous... loved every inch of it... esp the display part on the top... can picture pumpkins... in it... always great to have storage... and teach kids good habits...

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

The lockers are beautiful and so practical at the same time. We have an awkward opening in the wall in our small entry that just might be able to have something like this one day. Thanks for sharing.

eve said...

This looks great!!! Where did you find those wire baskets? Those look perfect for so many things!

Jessica said...

Looks great!!! I love the wire baskets as well :)

Wendy said...

Wow, looks great! I love it!

Suzy said...

Looks like something straight out of a magazine, amazing!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh yeah! I've been waiting to see the afters! LOVE it! You did an amazing job...
~Whitney

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Can your hubby please come over here for a while??? Puuhleeze? :) LOVE this.

Girly Gatherings said...

That looks FABULOUS! Will does fantastic work... I just love that you got your spaces at the top too!

Julie said...

Wow it looks great...I am having a give a-way do hope you stop over...
xoxo
Julie

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Such A great idea Karla! I know I can always use more storage.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Bravo! I am so impressed I can't even tell you. You're on fire girl!

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

I'm so impressed that your husband made this beautiful cabinet. It looks terrific in your entrance room... very functional, yet you have accessorized it so nicely. I like the hooks too.

CaraM said...

This is awesome! Good Job! Oh, can I borrow your husband? LOL - JK!

Maman Tattoo said...

This is great!
I'm so jalous!

Jane said...

Beautiful job!! Great vision to take that archway and turn it into those gorgeous built-ins.

The DIY Show Off said...

Wow! It looks awesome! Super job!

:)
Roeshel

Just like Martha said...

Wow karla this is fantastic - pretty and practical - I love it - what a clever hubby you have - do you loan him out - would he come to Australia LOL - looks fab girly keep up the great inspiration

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Now that is smart and it looks great! Now you'll have to show the new play room! Great job!

JobandBrittany said...

this is absolutely one of my fav things i've seen in blogland. i want one of these in my house so bad!! gorgeous.
i host a Goodwill party every Wednesday. stop by and join in!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Karla, this shelf unit is simply beautiful and the way you've decorated your upper shelves is perfect and it's so practical too!

Sarah said...

What a great project. This is perfect storage for your children and you've made it so attractive with the decorative touches. It is fresh and clean. Just perfect! ~ Sarah

Mrs. Petrie said...

What a great use of that space! Love your blog. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It's lovely, Karla!!! :) I especially love the little wire storage locker baskets and the display shelves for you. :)

{ L } said...

Hi there! I just found your blog and you have SO MANY amazing things on here! :) I'm a new follower. How deep is this unit? Also where did you get that blue-ish colored tall canning jar?

I can't wait to browse through your blog more.
Lisa

Shirley said...

Wow, you have a carpenter husband!!! That's like a huge bonus! The storage piece is both beautiful and functional!! Love it!!!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

That looks right out of a magazine!

Leanne said...

You did such a great job. It looks amazing! I love an organized space. We're working on our mudroom now and I can't wait to have a place for my kids to dump their stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Colin's Mom said...

I have always wanted one of these shelf/storage things! I just need to find a spot for it. When I do, is your husband for hire...in KY?!

Sarah said...

I love that, it looks great!

Richella said...

"Carpenterific"! I love that! Your cubbies look absolutely wonderful. Congratulations!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how fabulous. This would be a dream come true. What a lovely piece and such great storage. Hugs, Marty

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Wow, you have a wonderfully skilled husband! It looks great and so useful too! Nice job!

Anonymous said...

Looooooooooove it!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Love it.

I hope you will post this to my Celebrate the Holidays party on We. Come see all the Knock Off Knock Outs today.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

It's fabulous!!!

J and Company said...

Oh I have longed to do something similar in my house! It makes your home look very custom and beautiful. Excuse me while I sigh from a distance! :)

Shady Creek Lane said...

I am so inspired by your blog. You have such fablous style, I will be visiting often. I even signed up to be a follower and have put you in my favorites file.

paula said...

this looks fabulous. my husband built me something somewhat similar and it has become my favorite piece in the house.

Courtney Baker said...

This is amazing! I love it!

allthingsjuice said...

Gorgeous! Does your husband have a handy single brother??? ;)

nannykim at Spindle Cottage said...

Beautiful idea--love the black hooks and the display area was a great idea. NICE!

A.Love said...

i am absolutely in love with the progress!!! seriously...this catapults me into the realm of "what I must have now!"

mrs.markley said...

Oh my! I can't pull myself away from your blog! We have a blank wall just inside our front door that I've been torn on what to do with ever since we moved in. It used to house a lonely mirror but since our remodeling projects have been in full swing, I left it blank until I found something that "wow"ed me. ...found it. =)

northern cottage said...

I know this is getting a bit late for a comment on this - THANK YOU for the link from today's post. These lockers are PERFECTION - seriously wonderful! oh I'm so envious!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. I adored your storage. I wish I had space for something that size in our laundry room area (where we come through from the garage). YOu have a very talented hubby - lucky girl!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Love this!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love it and what a talented hubby you have there. We have this system of builtins inside the back door in the mud room/office. It is a Godsend. Ours has big drawers on the bottom which hides all the little ones shoes.

tammy

Vintage Junky said...

so incredible!
Smiles!
Michelle

Kammy said...

SUper cute - great job !
Kammy

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Those shelves are so gorgeous! I am waiting for my husband to build me some as well. As I looked at the first few pictures I tought, "well, I bet once you get all the coats and backpacks on itm it won't look good." I was wrong. It can actually be used and still look great. Thanks for combining beauty, function, and reality!

junkermidge said...

I love your new cubbies and I bet your family does too! What a great transformation.
Midge

Gina said...

I love love love this project! Question: was it super expensive to build? Also, I'm wondering if your door opens up towards it or away from it... ours would open up against any storage I put there, but I"m wondering if that would be a real problem logistically or not...

The Katzer Family said...

What color of paint did you use in your entry way? I love it!