This post is sponsored by orchard supply hardware.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve been on a home decorating kick lately. It’s funny, but it always seems to take about a year of living in a house for me to really get inspired on how to furnish and decorate the space. I really like to get to know a house and how we live in it before I know what the home needs, in terms of furniture, changes or decor. Today I’m going to show you our mudroom. It’s a small room right off the entryway and open to the kitchen. When we first moved in, I had grand plans of making it a breakfast nook, but that changed pretty fast. It’s now a major workhorse in our home. One side serves as an extension to our kitchen and the other serves as our mudroom.
Our kitchen is pretty small and it’s laid out very well, but we had way more storage space in our last kitchen. The cabinet space just wasn’t quite up to task for us. So we added a console to the mudroom to provide more storage for small appliances. We also used it as an expanded counter space. We placed our butcher block cutting board on it and it gets used daily for meal prep. It has worked pretty well for us to date, but as you can see in the before picture, the open shelving was not particular pretty on the eyes. It just looked cluttered and messy most of the time.
When Orchard Supply Hardware reached out to see if I was interested in collaborating in their #OrchardSimple campaign, I knew this room would be the perfect space to tackle. It was highly in need of a purposeful reorganization. I visited the new OSH store in Pleasant Hill and was surprised with how welcoming and warm it is for a hardware store. It also has more of a homey feel than your average big box hardware store. I’d call it a hybrid between a hardware and home decor store. The employees were the same way. They seemed genuinely happy and eager to help. I know that you’ll take that statement with a grain of salt, because this is a sponsored post. But I really hope you believe me when I say that it was truly a pleasure to shop there and I plan to shop there more often now that I know. They even load everything for you, those cabinet boxes were heavy!
Since I had never visited this OSH before I decided it would be best to wander around a bit. First thing I noticed is that the store is very warm and inviting. The shelves are visually appealing, instead of looking like a storage warehouse. They have all sorts of unexpected goodies there…they had the most amazing terrarium building kiosk. With different air plants, succulents, hanging glass bubble vases, moss and rocks. So chic. They even sell Lifefactory bottles! Who knew?
Number one on my OSH shopping list, was some closed cabinetry. I loved having the console in the mudroom room, but the openness of it was unappealing. We definitely needed to hide our stuff behind closed doors. So luckily I was able to find these reasonably priced storage cabinets meant for the garage. Great price and they would fit perfectly in the space. I then outfitted them with these handle pulls to match the rest of my kitchen. We mounted a butcher block countertop to them to use in place of our old butcher block chopping board. Perfect way to cut down on more clutter.
This spot tends to be a gathering spot for mess and random things needing a home: letters, catalogs, kid’s schoolwork, etc. I figured it would be nice to have a little shelf above for even more storage. So we took the left over scrap of butcher block from the counter and created a wall mounted shelf. It was the perfect size! I decided to use gold shelf brackets to mix up the metals a bit, which gives it more character. We did that in the kitchen with our faucet and I love how that turned out. So I knew I’d love it on the shelves too! We used similar brackets and you can spray paint them gold. Now we have the perfect touchdown spot for all of the random stuff that comes in as well as our mail and favorite cookbooks.
The cabinet drawers have also come in very handy. They’re the perfect spot to store pot holders and spare chopping boards. Everything now has a place, so it’s easy to keep things more tidy! I love how much cleaner and more organized the mudroom looks. Sometimes I even like to sip my tea in the morning sitting on that bench. It’s a perfect sunny little perch. The cabinets look so much better here and really tie into the kitchen. Gives me the warm and fuzzies 😉
And for giggles…here’s what the space looked like before #reallife