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An Organized Color-Coded Mudroom for Back to School

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes, pens and any other things you have laying around your entrance.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Back to School season is here! my son isn’t quite in school yet, but seeing everybody else getting ready has totally motivated me to organize our mudroom/entrance so that keys, shoes, backpacks, notebooks and other things, have a place when we come home every day.

Before today, shoes were everywhere and mail was piled up in our kitchen counter, it was a mess.

Before and After. Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Happily, I found some lovely wooden crates that were perfect for this project. I really liked them to store shoes, paper and other materials like keys, sunglasses and toys.

To give them some color, I chose a beautiful blue called Luxe Blue (SW 6537) and I added some details with Sherwin Williams color of the year 2015, Coral Reef (SW 6606) and Teal Tame (SW 6757). These three colors are really beautiful together. I also used Pure White (SW 7005) to paint some hobby board and some lines on the wooden crates so that everything matched.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

MATERIALS:

  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Luxe Blue (SW 6537). Semi-Gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Coral Reef (SW 6606). Semi-Gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Teal Tame (SW 6757). Semi-Gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Pure White (SW 7005). Semi-Gloss
  • 2, 1 ½” Brushes (Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush)
  • 1 Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces
  • 1 Mil Plastic Drop Cloth

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

STEPS:

1. Use the Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces to mark each colors area.

2. Apply two or three coats, until you see a uniform and vibrant color.

3. Wait a few hours until they dry completely.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

4. Use a pair of small nails to hang the hobby board for the key hooks on the walls. You can use tacks or washi tape to hang some special family pictures or even you kids art projects!

An Organized Mudroom for Back to School. Paint some hobby board to frame the key hooks on your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

5. Now it’s time to organize your shoes, mail and other materials in the boxes.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

You could color-code your wooden crates, painting them with different colors. That way every family member has one color and knows exactly where to leave their shoes and belongings. Since we are a small family right now, two colors seemed perfect for us.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Enjoy your new organized and ready for back to school mudroom!

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here. 

6 Responses

  1. Cristalia says:

    The color combination is great. I love the Luxe Blue color!

  2. Sara Strauss says:

    Love this! The colors are so pretty! And who doesn’t want to be a little more organized?
    ~Sara

  3. What a lovely projects Elba! I love the colors you choose. I’m currently using a coral-ish orange for my summer decor and I love it. Navy blue I would have paired with fushia! :)

  4. Monique says:

    Love this! You have such a great eye!!

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