Tahnee Dearling had always loved the idea of a mudroom, but she didn’t have the right amount of space in her Queensland home to make it happen.
Usually situated near an entrance to a house, a mudroom is a space where you can shrug off your bags and remove footwear before entering the rest of the house.
However, mum-of-two and nurse Tahnee said when she and her husband built their home four years ago, it wasn’t something they factored into the design.
“I had seen so many mudroom ideas on Pinterest and just loved the idea of having everything in one space, but we had already built the house and it wasn’t possible to change anything,” Tahnee told news.com.au.
It wasn’t until she gave her garage a spring clean when she realised it could be used to create her dream mudroom.
“I found everything I needed in a Bunnings catalogue and just put them all together to create the look,” Tahnee said.
In between her shifts as an emergency nurse at a private hospital, the savvy mum, 30, gave the empty space a “glow up”, assembling $350 worth of Bunnings products including garments racks, shoe racks, wooden crates and a rattan bench seat.
“From the moment I found what I was looking for, to creating a mood board, waiting for the parts to be delivered and putting them together – it probably took me about two weeks,” Tahnee said.
“But Bunnings make it super easy to assemble as you don’t need a drill or screwdriver.”
She placed the mudroom up against an empty white wall in her garage, adding an orange decal to give it a pop of colour and combine the rustic look.
“The wooden crates were the perfect canvas to paint olive accents on, to match the print and snake plant.”
Tahnee said she was shocked at how beautifully it all came together, joking that her sons have also surprisingly kept it tidy.
“My six-year-old son loves it. He comes back from school and hangs up his bag and puts his homework books in his box.”
Tahnee shared her Bunnings transformation on Instagram and was overwhelmed by the positive response it, with many labelling it “stunning”.
“Oh this looks so good! Well done,” one follower wrote.
“Oh wow this is amazing,” wrote another, while a third said: “OMG this is genius, you must be so happy!”
Tahnee, who has more than 30,000 Instagram followers, often shares her low-budget hacks and “glow ups”.
Article by Shireen Khalil