How to build an organized mud room/front entry for $25.00…

Our front entry always looked like this…. In fact sometimes, it looked worse.
 I never could figure out how in a house of five people there are 40 pair of shoes and 15 coats. I didn’t even think that we owned that many shoes… and everything kept getting thrown on the same 5 hooks and the kids couldn’t reach the coat rack, so their solution was to just chuck everything on the floor…so all we did when we came in the door was trip over the mountain of stuff on the floor.
we are in a house that doesn’t really have a dedicated front entry. The door immediately opens into the living room.
 My solution was to pull everything down from the wall and start over, but I needed an inexpensive solution that looked nice and could hold a lot of coats and bags.
 I screwed (2) 1 x 4′s into the studs and  filled the holes with white wood putty. I then painted the whole thing white, and then screwed in some vintage school house coat hooks I had found on Ebay for a few dollars each. The entire project was under $25.
The nice thing is now everyone has their own coat hook and a place to put their backpacks. While 50% of the time it still ends up on the floor, at least now it has  a place. :)
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  1. Love this idea….thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks great Jennifer…I recently did a post on making the most of a small entry foyer…check it out…love yours….and your right about the stuff still on the floor…aaahhh!!..Happy Monday, Mariaelena

  3. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. looks great jen. i love it. i am going to have to look for some of those hooks. they are cool.

  5. I love those hooks too! Can you send me the link to the etsy shop?


  6. Looks much better~your entry is a lot like mine~bam right inside the door is the coat tree area. Nice job!

  7. Jen Rizzo~you are my hero! xoxo

  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful and thrifty idea! Looks great!
    Dee Dee

  9. Great idea! We have the same issue at our house.

    Our front entry is a dumping ground even though we have a front closet.No one wants to carry their shoes to their rooms or hang their coats up.

    ~Cheers Kim

  10. Hi Jennifer, Great solution and it looks wonderful! Hugs, Sherry

  11. Great solution! I love that you were able to put two rows of hooks, so there’s plenty of room for everything. Well done!


  12. Looks great.A perfect solution for clutter.

  13. Looks great…thanks for the heads up as to where to get those hooks!

  14. super sweet! we have hooks but half the time they never see the hook :) hope all is well! susan

  15. cannot believe the difference. It looks great!

  16. Looks great! A terrific and inexpensive solution for a problem area. Love the hooks too, have some that I have used all over the house.
    Take care sweetie!

  17. Looks great! Like the idea and the expense!

  18. Nice Floors!!!
    I like these floors and Interior decoration too.
    floors direct

  19. Your entry way looks great! And I love your new after the holidays look too!

  20. I love those hooks, Looks great!

  21. Love the clock – where did you get it?

  22. Awesome how you tied it in to the rest of the room, looks great. Di@Cottage-Wishes

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