OoTB: Mud Room Storage

A mud room may be wishful thinking in my case. We don’t have one but that also doesn’t mean that I can’t make one! For today’s Out of the Box post, I’ll be referencing what can go IN a box!

This is one of the entries into our home. That is a picture of the garage door and the landing that follows. I will be working on jazzing up this space and making it more functional in the next few weeks. I thought it would be timely to talk about a place to dry snow boots as the flakes fall down outside!


My first order of business was to, well, have order. I came across this vintage, wooden crate in my grandmother’s shed when I was retrieving the old organ. I had no idea what kind of company Sealtest was until I looked it up. Turns out it was a milk and ice cream company circa the 1950’s. It was later bought out by Kraft and Breyers in the late 90’s. I wish I knew the story behind why my grandparents had it. As far as I can tell, the closet Sealtest source would have been New York. Part of its charm is the mystery! In any case, it was a perfect catchall for wet and dirty shoes.


It’s entertaining to think that it used to carry delicious milk and rich ice cream and now it holds my wet, snowy boots. It serves its purpose well and adds a bit of vintage charm to our otherwise boring landing.


At the risk of sounding elderly, they just don’t make em’ like this anymore! I love that a little piece of quality history has been re-purposed to function in another way.

My plan for the rest of this little nook is to add an entry rug, lots of hooks behind the door, and maybe a thin wall unit with hooks and a shelf at the top for baskets. Something like this perhaps…

great use of a small entry!

source: http://www.sadalewis.com

Have any other good ideas for turning a blank wall in a small space into a mudroom?! Let me hear your thoughts!


2 thoughts on “OoTB: Mud Room Storage

  1. I’m so jealous of your Sealtest box. I remember those so well. My grandparents had a general store/gas station in Amissville and the Sealtest deliveryman was a welcome sight. I wish I had some of the fun items from their house.

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