Before and After: Mudroom Bench and Pet-Feeding Station
Maggie Overby, a military wife who is frequently on the move, blogs about how she makes her house, wherever that may be at any given time, into a home at Maggie Overby Studios. Here's an amazing entry upgrade she designed
BEFORE | “We had a room off the garage that wasn’t functional,” Maggie says. “Pet bowls were everywhere, and the dogs would eat the cat food and vice versa. Plus, the kids had nowhere to drop their stuff except in the kitchen. I thought we could kill two birds with one stone with this project.”
AFTER | Maggie ripped out the shelving in the underutilized closet and replaced it with a storage bench she snagged from her daughter’s room. She trimmed out the piece to look like a custom built-in, then added new hardware for character. Inside the drawers, she created a pet-feeding station. Overhead, she built storage cubbies to corral her kids’ odds and ends.
SHOWN | Dog food and bowls, hidden in the bottom drawer, can be neatly tucked away when mealtime is over—keeping kitties from dropping in uninvited. A drawer insert that holds the bowls lifts out for easy cleaning.
Cost: $290; repurposing a three-drawer storage bench and some of the wood from the old closet shelving reduced costs considerably, so she only spent for wallpaper ($90), a custom seat cushion ($100), hardware ($50), and extra lumber ($50).
This project was originally featured in DIY on a Dime in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of This Old House magazine. See all of our favorite blogger projects from this issue here.