Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mudroom Substitute

While I want, want, WANT a mudroom, and it may - no, will - happen someday, dog surgeries and new roofs must be paid off first. In the meantime, snow, sand, and salt from the winter storms are getting tracked all over the house and defeating my cleaning efforts of the last post, so we really need to find an acceptable short term solution.

Jim mentioned a boot tray last night. I'd love it if it looked something like this Martha Stewart version



That's kinda cute - I could live with that. And maybe I could make a simple little bench to sit on while you take your snowy boots and shoes off. The only real place to put it would be under one of the kitchen windows. Not ideal, as that's where the door swings open to, but this is all a temporary compromise, right?

Then Jim suggested I combine that with a radiator cover I've been thinking of making... I yakked about it here last winter. Here's some pictures of ones I'd like to copy...





Before any of you think I'm ruining the look of old radiators - never fear, these kitchen radiators are hideous and plain - not like the decorative radiators in other parts of the house. And for any of you that think I'll be ruining the heating efficiencies of the radiators by covering them, know that we now use the pellet stove as the primary heat source, and only turn the furnace on when it is extremely cold out...

It's kind of hard to see, but this is the wall with one of the radiators (covered with project supplies). The window to the left of it is where we're thinking of possibly putting the boot mat, and the back door is just to the left of the window.



I think I need to come up with a serious design for this. I've been watching woodworking video podcasts... we'll see. I'm never at a loss for projects. What I really need to do is focus and finish the bathroom doors (2nd door is half scraped). Oh - and classes start back up on Thursday.

3 comments:

Gabriella said...

Loving the boot mat idea! I also love radiator covers. I think because I've seen too many British home improvement shows. (Changing Rooms in particular.) They are always coming up with interesting ways to cover unsightly heat registers. Usually with some kind of silly theme: jungle bamboo, regency brothel, etc. Its amazing what they do with a little MDF and paint.

KEL said...

You do sleep, right? I actually dislike the radiator covers we have, but they're just ugly and cumbersome to use and try to adjust the stupid things.

Trina said...

Love the boot idea too. We're using a black rubber version - not as pretty, but works until I get motivated to replace it with something more attractive. I wish our dog would stand on it a few minutes before she wandered into the house after being outside - in the mud.