DIY Drop Zone From Empty Closet

Good morning sunshine! I’m so excited to share today’s post because we just finished my DIY drop zone in our entryway. I’ve been dreaming about doing this from the first day we saw the house back in May and I’m just so excited to finally see this come to life. My dad and I worked on it all day yesterday and it was such a fun project. And it totally transformed this space–now it feels like a real foyer/entryway! Here’s how it looked before:

DIY drop zone 2

And here’s how it looks now:

DIY drop zone after

DIY drop zone 3

Quite a change, right?! I can’t get over how much better this little corner looks now. It was lifeless before and now it’s one of the cutest spots in the whole house. Plus it’s functional too!

So doing this DIY drop zone was actually super easy. We started by removing all of the closet hardware and then building a simple base around the closet where the bench seat would go. My dad is a total pro at this stuff, so I mostly watched him work! But you can see the base he screwed to the wall. We made the front board the natural oak to match the bench.

Once that was completed, we put the bench into place. My closet was fairly deep, so we had to use two separate pieces of refinished 1×12 oak to make it work. But you can barely tell that it isn’t one solid piece! Once those were in place he nailed everything down nice and tight. Next we did shiplap on the back, which was super simple. (We bought the shiplap at Home Depot!) We also changed out the lightย fixture for this black lantern.

DIY drop zone 1

I love how this DIY drop zone turned out so much! And it’s so cool to see something I’ve had in my mind for months finally come to fruition. This is such a cute spot now and thankfully we have a mud room, so we have space for all our big coats in there. Plus I gotta give big props to my sweet dad, he nailed this project. And it was so great to spend that time with him while we worked on this drop zone. I can’t wait to get more projects done!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope this post gives you an idea or two for your own home! xo

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DIY Drop Zone from Empty Closet! Great idea to use transform an entry way closet into a cozy drop zone.

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53 Comments

  1. Shaylan wrote:

    Love this! Such a simple DIY but such a HUGE transformation! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yes!! Such a big transformation!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  2. Valerie Janzen wrote:

    That looks AMAZING!! Can you come do my house now?! ๐Ÿ˜† I love following along with your new home DIY! ๐Ÿค

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha wish I could!!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  3. Ruth wrote:

    This turned out so pretty!! Absolutely love the change. You are putting your unique stamp on the house and changing it for the better.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Ruth!!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  4. Julia Andrews wrote:

    This turned out so nice! You are so creative! Now I’m wondering where you will be putting all your winter coats, etc. that usually go in a coat closet. Or do you have a mud room?

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We have a mudroom!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  5. Denise M Johnson wrote:

    Looks great, live the way it turned out. Very creative. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Denise!!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
      • Debby wrote:

        Yes it looks great! Love your floors too. Would you mind sharing what it is. Real wood?
        You have great taste in decor!

        Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  6. Ramona Wampler wrote:

    WOW! Blown away at how something so simple could make so much difference! We built our house 20+ years ago and now that we are older there are so many things I wish I had done differently! I love the look of a foyer or mud room where you have a place to put the things like coats, purse, book bag, shoes, etc. But our house is small and has neither. I do however have a coat closet next to the front door!!!! I would love to do something like this. The only problem is, where do I put all the junk that is crammed in there? LOL!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  7. Melissa wrote:

    Love the drop zone! Even that much more special that you got to do the project with your dad. Love the lantern also!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  8. Candy wrote:

    Good. Owning Sarah
    What an amazing job! Love this idea and it looks so great and opened. You have given me a great inspiration to do this in my home, thank you.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  9. Vicki wrote:

    This looks awesome! I do have a couple of questions, was the door a pocket door, or a regular door that you removed? Also, Iโ€™m curious why you did the bench before the ship lap? I figured you had a good reason! Thanks for sharing! The black light fixture looks great, love the contrast with the white!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  10. Kristine wrote:

    DIY Drop Zone delight!!
    I’d say you and your Dad make a great team…what a transformation from dull to darling! You inspire me…so do those baskets on the shelves. Where to buy?

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  11. Jessica Allen wrote:

    You have such a great eye!!! This is beautiful…..so much better than just a boring closet door.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  12. Kristine wrote:

    Oops…disregard my ask about the baskets…Target find. Thanks
    Out of stock at the moment.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Vicki wrote:

      The Container Store also has nice baskets similar to this in light and dark browns, and different size options, sometimes on sale. I have them and they are really nice!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  13. Gina wrote:

    So cute but you are lucky you have a place for coats. Iโ€™ve been wanting to do this with my entry closet but would still have to hang several coats, boots etc

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yes! I’m not sure I would have done it without having a mudroom.

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  14. Mona Hall wrote:

    Awesome idea! You have an amazing talent and I just love how you put your ideas together! I have this exact same problem and now that I have thinking over for some time. Thanks to your amazing idea, I may soon have the foyer I have been wanting. Thank you and God Bless

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yay!! Glad it gave you an idea for your home, Mona!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  15. Dianna wrote:

    Love it.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  16. Carol wrote:

    Love it. I would never have thought to create such a cozy spot out of a closet. It’s really nice you have your father to help you make your ideas happen.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Right?! Such a huge difference without too much work!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  17. Christina wrote:

    Looks great! Where did you get the bench wood?

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We got that from Home Depot!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  18. Toni wrote:

    So beautiful, Sarah! Can I ask a random question? I love how you use Shiplap and was wondering what product you use and where you get it. Oh, and if you paint it. Iโ€™m going to try it for the first time and want it on my ceiling in the bedroom. Iโ€™ll take any advice you can send my way! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks,
    Toni

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We bought it from Home Depot! They carry real shiplap now and it’s already primed white. It’s super easy!!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  19. Sarah, this is absolutely adorable. I love this little space that you have created. It’s so cheerful and bright and welcoming. Awesome job.
    -Kayleen

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Kayleen!! So happy we could make this project come to life.

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  20. Nancy wrote:

    This looks AWESOME! Canโ€™t wait to see what you do with the whole house!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much Nancy!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  21. I love it. Looks like you

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Sally!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  22. Maggie DiSanto wrote:

    Looks beautiful as always Sarah!! But now where do you hide all the winter coats etc??? You would not want to see my hall closet!!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We have a mudroom so we can put all the coats in there!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  23. Susan wrote:

    So cute! Who doesnโ€™t love projects with Dad. I think dads love helping! Awesome transformation.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I agree Susan! He loves to help.

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  24. Rhonda wrote:

    Great job. Your dad is a treasure to have.
    What a nice neat place as a drop zone.
    I certainly would love one of those.
    Luck girl.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes he certainly is a treasure!!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  25. Bernadette Anderson wrote:

    Great idea. Kudos to your Dad for his great skills! ๐ŸŒ

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yes!! He’s so talented!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  26. Dot wrote:

    All I can say is WOW! You have a vision in mind and like magic it appears! Looking forward to seeing more!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      ah thank you Dot, I appreciate that!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  27. Suzee B wrote:

    Awesome! What a great idea …. like itโ€™s always been there! I just love the idea and the result!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  28. Anna lancaster wrote:

    Looks great and cozy .love the light fixture too. I Enjoy your blog.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  29. BRANDI JEWELL wrote:

    This is so lovely!! I wish you’d come and decorate my house! Your house looks so clean, peaceful, and warm. Great job!!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  30. Heidi Mortensen wrote:

    Where did you get the rug? The one you show in “Shop..” is a different color. Thanks so much!!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It’s from Target and it’s the Hearth and Hand line. I couldn’t find the exact link for it, I’m sorry.,

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  31. Candie wrote:

    Sarah do you have a link for the round rug you have there now?! Attempting this this weekend. ๐Ÿคž

    Posted 9.30.20 Reply

Hi, hello! Sarah Joy here. I'm a self-proclaimed home-body + lover of all things cozy. I'm sarcastic, overly caffeinated + usually at Target. This blog is my happy place, where I enjoy sharing fun things like home decor tips, affordable fashion, + life as a mama of three.

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