Sunday, September 9, 2012

Foyer Updates and Kids Cubby Labels

Hello!  We moved into this home 2 years ago.  One of the first problems I saw when we were house shopping was that this home had no mudroom, a tiny hall closet and no other space to put the kids shoes, coats, backpacks, and etc.  In our last home we built lockers for each child in the small mudroom area that was completely out of view, right off the garage.  So nice! 

The temporary solution we came up with for this house was to stick our extra Expedit shelf in the foyer.  Four columns of shelves was perfect for 4 kids.  We planned on building some nice lockers in this area. 

After 2 years here we decided that we like the Expedit shelves and they work fairly well.

Get ready for this "beautiful" iphone pic.

I don't love that I have all of this open shelving showing all of the kids stuff but I know from experience that if I had doors or baskets or whatever the kids are less likely to use the shelves and then everything ends up on the floor. Also, there is no mudroom (or room for a mudroom) in this house.

So, without spending a lot of $$ I made some update/improvements to this area. 

List of problems:
1. The shelves would not sit flush on the wall due to the moulding on the floor.
2. The walls still had the builder beige flat paint and they were dirty.
3. I wanted the area to look brighter and the artwork to draw the eye up more.

First, I added some CAPITA legs to the shelf unit.  The legs were purchased separately from IKEA, I think they were $6.

Then, I painted the walls in a light grey/taupe color, I made some new cubby names and added new artwork (also from IKEA, I already had these sitting in my basement from our last home).

I switched to my DSLR for this pic but obivously still not a good pic, sorry.

Here is a close up of the cubby label.

I started with some simple white frames I had on hand, also from IKEA.

And some letters purchased from the craft store.
The kids can change out the picture when they like.  I hot glued the letters to each frame and used command strips (love those!) to hang each frame to the shelves.

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  1. What a great way to make the shelving system better! I found your site through the sasse life sunday social. I am your newest follower. I hope you get an opportunity to stop by TheStuffofSuccess and say hello. Have a terrific week. Athena

  2. Such a great way to keep your children's things neat and organized.

  3. Just saw your post on Addicted2Decoration and came over to see your project. Good job!!!

  4. Oops! That was supposed to be Addicted2Decorating. :-)