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Entryway & Mudroom How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our entryway & mudroom step-by-step tips & ideas.

All About Wainscoting

Dress up your plain-Jane walls with stylish trim that also guards against scuffs and scratches. This Old House helps you get the look you want at a price you can afford.

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How to Repaint a Rusty Metal Hand Rail

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner clean up and repaint a rusty metal railing.

How to Replace a Door Threshold

How to put your exterior entryway back on solid footing.

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How to Build a Boot Stand

Tidy up and protect your floors with this boot stand made from balusters

How to Build a Simple Mudroom Bench

In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating.

Before and After: Mudroom Chaos Controlled

A high-energy family creates an orderly flight path for kids, dogs, and friends who come and go via the back door. Here's a look at the "Before" photo

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How to Make a Concrete Umbrella Stand

This warmed-up, splashy storage project from our #DIYDARE challenge will have you smiling in the rain

9 Smart Mudroom Ideas

Simple mudroom designs for the whole family to store—and easily reach—outerwear essentials.

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

Learn the house organization ideas experts use to keep their homes in order

Create an Entry Bench With Pipe Fittings

Make a simple, sturdy seat with industrial beauty

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How to Build a Shutter Mirror

Steal a glance as you dash out the door or stash a reminder note with this handy entryway accessory

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How to Install a Fiberglass Entry Door

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to upgrade an entryway with a brand-new, low-maintenance, energy-efficient door

Entryway Benches

Whether you have a full-on mudroom or want to dedicate a section of wall to act as one, a seat with storage is a by-the-door essential

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How to Turn a Salvaged Column Into a Coat Tree

Reclaimed posts with fluted channels or curvy turnings can find new life as a decorative interior accent

How to Build a Wall-Mounted Coatrack

No room for an entryway closet? No problem. Keep outerwear organized with this simple-to-build piece

How to Build a Mudroom Bench

Create a built-in place for coats and storage, with a seat to perch on while you tie your shoes

How to Build a Tub-Foot Umbrella Stand

Repurpose vintage claw-foot tub supports in your house as bookends, lamp bases, and more