The "Drop Zone"

Everyone has a "drop zone." It's that place next to the front door, just inside the garage entry, or that chair in the entryway that catches all the stuff you drop as soon as you walk through the door. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. 

Well, our First Home's "drop zone" underwent a major transformation! 

 Pre-transformation. Bye-bye cramped closet!

Pre-transformation. Bye-bye cramped closet!

 The gorgeous "after." Photo by John Barnhart – The Packer Group

The gorgeous "after." Photo by John Barnhart – The Packer Group

We turned this useless, small and crowded closet into a functional, minimalist and beautiful space just inside our garage entry. 

The first step was demoing the closet. This left us with a big enough space for a bench and allowed for the light from the hallway to make this space bright and useable. The closest was dark, hard to get in and out of, and cramped.

We used MDF to create some interest and section off spacing for the hooks. The bench was made by creating a brace on the wall. I sanded and stained the wood to darken the bench seat and give it a rustic vibe. A clear top coat made it durable and toddler-proof.

We topped off the space with new tile from Home Depot, a cozy rug and new brighter light fixture.  We added large hooks for coats, bags etc. and small baskets for gloves, hats, dog leashes. We added baskets that fit under the bench for shoes.The paint is the same as most of the first floor, Polar Bear by Behr.

This was a well-loved, durable space that was easily done in a weekend. And, it kept the clutter from making its way to the kitchen!

As we do something similar but on a larger scale for the new house, I will detail step-by-step so you can create your own incredible drop zone.