Chris cut trimmed down a shelf with hooks that used to be hanging in an upstairs bathroom to fit in the space perfectly. We hung it much higher than the previous coat racks because 1.) We’re tall. 2.) It heightens the space and makes it feel bigger and 3.) We wanted to make sure we would have room for extra storage underneath.
Enter leather storage ottoman:
This was the only thing I bought for the whole makeover (besides some gold spray paint, but I’ll get there). I knew I wanted an ottoman that had storage and fit the width of the nook for $50 or less. Even though the space is 30″ wide, with baseboards on either side, we needed something around the 28″ mark for storage. After lots of online searching with no luck, I almost asked for a budget extension–but decided to check Ross first with tape measure in hand. This 28″ tufted, dark brown, leather storage ottoman was $49. (!!!) Huzzah! We have our yoga mats, exercise bands, camera bag, tripod and even some blankets for the adjacent family room stored in there. Love that thing.
With the bold paint and the dark ottoman, I did worry it would start feeling too dark back there, so I decided to hang a simple full length mirror we’ve had since we got married to bounce off some light, not to mention a mirror kinda belongs by a house exit, right? The only problem was–it was dark, too:
And dirty. Oops. I taped off the glass and spray-painted it with Valspar’s Metallic Gold. Once the mirror was hung, the whole space really began to evolve and make sense. Grab your purse, check yourself and head out the door.
The gold mirror also made way for more little touches of gold. Like the gold in the throw pillow that I got during my college days, pre-Chris. The little frame on top of the shelf that holds a family picture and will most likely be joined on the shelf by keys and sunglasses.
With gold accents quickly coming to play, I grabbed this oil painting I did in high school (it was previously in our guest room/office) and hung it in the hallway, too:
And the other side looked like this:
And now looks like this:
There you have it, friends. A quick little revamp that turned a dysfunctional mudroom/black hole into a smashing organized nook: