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Victory Farms: How to Turn an Entry Closet into a Mudroom
Wasted space can start right at the front door. Here's how to redesign your entry to really make a splash.
This week at Victory Farms we see how an entry closet in a very small entry was opened up and converted into a breathtaking custom built-in farmhouse-style mudroom. As you look at the before and demo pictures of the entry you will see all the wasted space and height that was not being utilized.  I... Keep Scrolling
Written by Betsy Glass, The Flippin Designer


This week at Victory Farms we see how an entry closet in a very small entry was opened up and converted into a breathtaking custom built-in farmhouse-style mudroom. As you look at the before and demo pictures of the entry you will see all the wasted space and height that was not being utilized.  I was so excited to meet with my finished carpenter Greg once we had this space opened up. I sketched Greg a vision of what I wanted him to create and he was able to accommodate my design very exciting! I wanted to make sure that every inch of space was used and my client V had plenty of storage and seating room for all her visiting guests to take off their shoes and hang their weekend attire. But first, a reminder. Here was the space before:

outdated entryway before the remodel

And here is what it looks like now—a chic mudroom!

chic farmhouse-style mudroom after the remodel

Since the style of our renovation was a modern farmhouse, I went with wide Winsor Shiplap and all Winsor One products to really give the built-in that quality finish. While our wood materials were scheduled for delivery, I headed back to my office to start picking out lighting, hooks, storage bins and fabric for custom bench cushions.

I had a lot of fun picking out finishes to tie the space together.  V is super fond of navy blue, so I decided to go with navy blue and brass sconces for the back wall of built-in from Sazerac Stitches. I used black cast iron spike railroad hooks to bring in that old world charm from Old Family Farmhouse, black leather storage bins with brass handles from Target and a jute diamond rug with accents of navy from Anne Selke.  I also wanted to add a fun personal touch to the mix, so I had Returning Grace a custom shop on Etsy make me a custom “Victory Farms” pillow to surprise V with for the final reveal.  Once the custom built-in was in place, I had my painter use Simply White by Benjamin Moore to really grab and give us that clean, crisp farmhouse design we wanted to achieve in the mudroom.

chic farmhouse-style mudroom after the remodel

farmhouse fresh throw pillow

I met with my seamstress Jodi to take measurements of the new custom bench seat and come up with a design and fabric style to accommodate this beautiful space. I really wanted the fabric to pop, but in a warm cozy way and let the custom woodwork really be the center of attention since it was such an eye-catcher!

chic farmhouse-style mudroom after the remodel

I chose a navy, white, black, grey tweed pattern fabric and had Jodi raise it to a 4-inch cushion so this would definitely accommodate comfort. Next, I wanted to pick out the perfect main entry light that would really connect with the space but give us a little glam.  After much research, I went with a fun brass orb light from Aarhus which really picked up the blues and whites and made the entry a statement. Now that we have this portion of the entry complete, next week you will see how we made the opposite side a great banquette area for dining and family games! Stay tuned… hope you enjoy this week’s reveal of the farmhouse-style mudroom!

Want to get caught up on this series? Check out the last post on the bathroom reveal!

For more on Betsy, check out her website and her Instagram!

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