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5 Simple DIY Ideas for a Vintage Mudroom Makeover

DIY mudroom coat rack

I love DIY remodeling and home decor projects, especially when I can repurpose a used or vintage item. I was super motivated when we first moved into a new house last summer and tackled some things right away, like converting the sunroom into a mudroom where we could store our coats, boots, sports equipment, etc. I turned some old bookshelves into shelving units, made a wall coat rack, and completed a few other DIY projects in relatively little time with materials I already had on hand.

Read on for some simple vintage-inspired mudroom decor ideas that you might be able to make with things you already have or finds from garage or estate sales. Some of these are my own projects and some are ideas from other bloggers that I’d love to try someday.

Window Frame Coat Rack. This is a very simple project that you can do in an hour or two. I found this old window frame among the odds and ends left in our garage by the previous homeowner and decided to make it into a coat rack for my new mudroom. It was originally a pale blue so I painted it to match other items in the room and added some vintage-inspired hooks that I found on Amazon. I was really pleased with how it turned out and it’s been extremely practical as well.


diy window frame coat rack
With hooks added and mounted to wall, it’s ready to hold coats, dog leashes, etc.
window frame coat rack diy
Mid-painting: You can still see the original blue peeking through.

Wooden Crate Boot Racks. Laura and Dana Putnam of Finding Home Farms made a vintage boot rack for their mudroom by attaching a variety of wooden crates with metal brackets. They provide detailed instructions here. You can often pick up these crates at garage sales and flea markets.

diy home decor ideas
old wooden crates have so many possibilities.

Bookcase Lockers. Our new house has lots of built-in shelving, so I converted some old oak bookcases that we’ve had for years into storage areas. I primed them before painting them to match the coatrack and added some adhesive hooks and fabric baskets for mittens, hats, etc. The bottom two shelves are lined with waterproof rubber trays that I got at Home Depot, so we can store winter boots without worrying about ruining the wood.

DIY mudroom shelving
We have had this old oak bookcase for years but our new house had plenty of shelving built in.



diy mudroom
The final project: space for hanging leashes, umbrellas, etc., and baskets for mittens.












Vintage Trunk Bench. My next goal for the mudroom is to add a bench and I love the idea of finding an old trunk like this one featured on LushHome. It would be fairly easy to add some DIY pillows for the top.

DIY mudroom ideas
Vintage trunks or chests make great benches or coffee tables.

Wood Plank Mats. XXX from How Does She used repurposed wood from an old fence to make this weathered welcome mat with a great vintage feel (see instructions here). I would leave the wood as is but might add a waterproof mat underneath so I could use it inside the doorway.


Wood plank door mat DIY


That’s it for now — I’d love to hear your thoughts and hear about other mudroom makeover ideas!

5 Secrets to Audrey Hepburn’s and Grace Kelly’s Vintage Style

Few of us can be as stylish as 1950s celebrities Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn but we can all add some vintage style to our look. Here are 5 tips to creating your own vintage style.

“Vintage” is sometimes equated with “old” but what it really conveys is lasting quality–that’s what I think of when I see Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly in old movies. Like fine wines, they seemed to acquire more style and grace with age.

Miriam Webster notes “vintage” can be used to describe “something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.”

They could have placed Hepburn and Kelly’s pictures beside that definition as examples of vintage in human form. These two actresses defined chic sophistication throughout their lives.

How can we mere mortals borrow some of that style? Here are my thoughts:

  1. Embrace shorter hairstyles. Grace Kelly’s swept, back hairstyles appear so soft and natural. While you may not be able to achieve this exact style, there are a few basic takeaways: shoulder length, no bangs, highlights, waves. Audrey’s perfect facial structure allowed her to rock a pixie cut. While you may not want to go that short, you also don’t need to hide behind your hair.
    Grace Kelly’s swept back style.


Audrey Hepburn for Givenchy
Audrey’s pixie cut. Photo by Carrie Spritzer via Creative Commons.

2. Don’t over-accessorize. Who doesn’t want to look like Audrey Hepburn in the wee hours of the morning gazing through Tiffany’s display window? Besides the perfect black dress, what’s most memorable are her signature hat and sunglasses. She had a masterful way with accessories. Lesson for us: you don’t need a lot of makeup or flashy jewelry to look elegant. Find a couple of stand-out accessories to define your look.

Audrey Hepburn’s classic black hat and sunglasses.

3. Forego the knife. Audrey and Grace didn’t have access to a lot of the cosmetic procedures used by stars today but they were still elegant and attractive as they aged (sadly, Grace only made it into her 50s).

A still beautiful older Audrey Hepburn. /photo by JC Pons via Creative Commons

4. Invest in quality.  Grace and Audrey were stylish but never trendy. A few quality, signature pieces defined their look. Think Grace’s Hermes bags or Audrey’s orange, double-breasted coat worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Lesson: Build your wardrobe around a few quality pieces instead of buying a lot of cheaper items based on passing trends.

Grace Kelly with iconic Hermes bag. (From Marie Claire)
Grace Kelly with iconic Hermes Bag (photo from Marie Claire).

Audrey Hepburn's Orange Coat
Audrey Hepburn’s Orange Coat by Givenchy. Photo by Landahlauts via Creative Commons


5. Wear Flats. Although 1950s and early 1960s fashion often conjures up images of form-fitting, cinched waist dresses and sleek stilettos, you can achieve a vintage style in flats, too. Personally, I have never gotten used to walking in high heels so even though I realize they look attractive, I think of stilettos as pure torture. Audrey and Grace often wore flats or 1 or 2-inch heels with both dresses and casual outfits.

Audrey wears low heels with her elegant black dress.
Audrey wears low heels with her elegant black dress.
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly looking casual. Photo by II Giss/ Creative Commons.




Do you like vintage style? How do you achieve it in your everyday or special occasion wardrobe? I’d love to get your input.

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