What began as a discussion more than six months ago still isn't quite finished.
We've worked on the space quite a bit, travelling up to my sister's house on weekends to get this space done using some fabulous tools provided by Ryobi.
(Oh my gosh, how Dean loved that nailer for the plank walls!)
Unfortunately things out of our control meant that the closet mudding and taping hasn't yet been finished (my sister's contractor was a pinch too busy this summer and mudding isn't Dean's forte). Which of course leads to a domino effect – nothing could get painted, the shelves and built-in benches couldn't get built and the hooks didn't get installed yet either.
And since I was planning a gorgeous reveal post, with art, accessories and well, paint, I didn't actually take that many in-progress pics. (Total blogger fail!)
Here's where her entryway stands as of last weekend.
To help you perhaps understand the logic of our building, let me explain a little about my sister's house.
It's basically a bungalow with a mostly finished basement. The previous owners built a large L-shaped addition that wrap around the front and side of the house, which added a lot of space.
But it was just space. No real rhyme or reason that I could tell. No master plan for how to use the added space.
My sister and her hubby converted part of the space into a master bedroom and use the opposite end as a fabulous open living room and dining room.
Which left the space in the middle.
It was basically a large rectangular room.
But it needed to function as the entryway and a mudroom for the family of four plus their golden retriever.
Storage was needed. And a focal point too.
So we came up with a solution that included both closed storage and open storage.
A closet for coats and scarves and all sorts of outdoor gear.
And separate spaces for each of my nephews to sit and get ready to go outside, to hang their back packs and stow their muddy wet boots.
Here's a little in-progress video I shot for Periscope back in August.
It's obviously not finished yet.
But my sister is well on her way to having a very organized and functional mudroom entryway.
And it will be quiet beautiful when it's finished.
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