Ahh, it is finally summertime here at The Lily Pad Cottage – it took it’s sweet time getting here in Michigan, but it’s finally here. There have been boat rides, skiing, swimming, bonfires (well bonfire attempts, let’s just say the Mr. never made it as a boy scout) and relaxing in the sun. Along with all the summer fun comes flip flops, sunscreen, sand toys and a million other things that I need to find a home for. So today I’m sharing our little outdoor mudroom and buffet area – and yay I’m day 11 in the Summer Celebration Series with these other amazing bloggers.
We have had this bakers rack in our garage in our last 3 houses, collecting dust and shoes and other random things. Once it was the center of organization and cuteness – back when we were newly married and living in Chicago, in our 500 sq foot apartment, with 2 kitchen cabinets…it was in fact the only cute thing in our apartment (besides the Mr.).
I decided it had sat in the garage long enough and was ready to make it’s debut in the backyard. Best. Decision. Ever. This thing is soooo handy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before!
I removed the rack off the top that all the pots and pans used to hang on, and stained and polyurethaned the butcher block. I tucked it under the towel rack I made out of an old piece of dock and my favorite outdoor clock from Pottery Barn. Now it is command central outside!
We keep all our sunglasses in the basket hanging off the rack and our towels, hats, life jackets, wet suits you name it – it’s usually hanging on there.
It also makes a great little buffet to set out drinks or snacks when we are entertaining.
My favorite part is all the added storage for the 10,000 things you need to have to keep kids entertained in the summer. Behind door Number 1 – I keep all our sunscreen, Number 2 – bubbles, frisbees and sand toys, Number 3 – life jackets and Number 4 – citronella candles and bug spray. All the summer essentials!
I call it our little outdoor mudroom, it is just so handy and cute. So glad I rescued this thing from the garage!
Oh and here’s a sneak peak at the rest of the backyard…
I will be sharing the rest of my backyard tour next week so I hope you stop back to check it out. Don’t forget to check out all the other wonderful bloggers participating in the Summer Celebration Series. You can check out Taryn’s cute 4th of July Wreath from Design, Dining and Diapers here.
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