From Tiny Booth to Functional Mudroom

When we first purchased Mapleson Manor 2.0, it had a kitchen that was stuck firmly in the 90s. One of the features that everyone thought was “so cute,” was a dining nook in the corner of the kitchen.
Well, the table and chairs that used to be in that nook were meant for small children, not two grown adults. They were not comfortable, and we eat in the dining room (I mean, in front of the TV), so the space was not needed. Here is the space a few hours after we signed our mortgage. (Hey- we move fast!)
The old area used to have a window that looked out into the yard. We wanted to install a door there for easier access to the backyard, shed, and driveway. Neither Jeff nor I knew how to install an exterior door, so we hired out a local contractor, who also happens to be our friend. With his expertise, he installed the door in less than a day and we had a door…to nowhere.
Once it warmed up, we hired a local deck builder to build a deck from our door to nowhere, and now we have extra space to entertain on those warm, summer days!
After a little elbow grease and decor additions, the back entryway is now functional!
Bench- probably 10 years old from Costco. Recovered in burlap
Macrame planter- bought at a street fair
Paper tree and candleholders- purchased at Changing Thymes, one of my favorite places for decor in Michigan!
White vase- Target dollar spot years ago
Amsterdam print- souvenir from our trip last year
Air plant- purchased at The Found Cottage, another one of Michigan’s hidden gems!
Floor rug- Target
Prints of Chicago and Detroit- Etsy shop Jodi Lynn Doodles