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    • Chris Coyle

      This is a little bit trickier than some other DIY Projects from, but if you are handy, these are good step by step instructions for a mudroom bench. I love these! Photo: Gregory Nemec | | from How to Build a Mudroom Bench

    • Tiffany Alameda

      something like this in place of the entry closet with hooks for guest coats and bags? - illustration of how to build a mudroom bench, this old house pinterest page top pins of 2013

    • David Beagin

      MUD ROOM – Create a built-in place for coats and storage, with a seat to perch on while you tie your shoes. And for more ideas for outfitting your dream mudroom, visit our Pinteret board Mudrooms to Die For. | Illustration by Gregory Neimec |

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