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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that we’ve been slowly refurbishing the smallest and most neglected room in our house – the mudroom.
Little Room – Big Embarrassment
The mudroom had become an eyesore over the years. Which was unfortunate since it is the best way – the only way really – to get out to the back patio where we sometimes have dinner parties.
So when we had people over, I was always tempted to stage some kind of distraction as they walked through the mudroom so they wouldn’t notice how dingy it was. (“Oh, look out there! Is that an eagle?”)
The biggest challenge with the mudroom is that there are three doors and a large window in this 5′ X 7′ room. So that really limits wall space. In this room, we simply can’t do the cool storage lockers or vertical cabinets that look so great in other mudrooms.
But in 1927, when the house was built, no one was thinking about wall space in the mudroom because it wasn’t a mudroom then – it was a covered back porch. And some time later, the porch was enclosed and became a mudroom.
Our mudroom makeover has taken months. Since it’s next door to our laundry room, and they share the same concrete floor, we’ve been remodeling both rooms simultaneously.
Here is what’s been happening in the mudroom:
This all started back in January when we hired Kenji to refinish the scruffy concrete floors in both rooms.
He took the floors from this
The mudroom was in rough condition. This corner was the worst part.
I painted the walls with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. For the trim, I used a white paint we’d had custom mixed to match our kitchen cabinets. Since the mudroom can be seen from the kitchen, this helps unify the spaces.
The ceiling, still beadboard from when the mudroom was the back porch, didn’t need repainting. We kept the vintage parrot light here that matches the one we have in our kitchen.
Now don’t laugh, but here is what was hanging on the wall near the back door before.
The large mirror/shelf was from Pottery Barn, and it was really something in its day. But with wall space being such a premium in this room, a large mirror is the last thing we should have had taking up that space.
Plus the shelf above the mirror was so high that it wasn’t practical to store anything useful, so it became a catch-all for silly things.
We wanted to put shelving there instead, but we couldn’t find any ready-made shelves of the right dimension.
So Chris made these beautiful shelves.
He bought a piece of fir, cut it to size, and used a router to soften the edges. Then of course he sanded, stained, and finished the wood.
It was a fun little project, but I think the part he enjoyed the most was finding the antique shelf brackets on eBay.
We were very lucky, he says, that someone was selling four of them.
The wire baskets hold hats and gloves. The shelves sit above a small shoe cabinet. It all barely fits in the shallow space between the wall and the door.
Chris can display some of his vintage camping lanterns here.
The little shoe cabinet helped us solve a problem:
The Shoe Solution
Chris likes to keep most of his shoes in the mudroom near the door – which really makes sense. But here is how our shoe situation was before. Not good!
And, since I didn’t want to make things worse, I kept my shoes in the laundry room.
Notice too all the shopping bags stuffed into one cubby, and the basket for hats and gloves above that. It was a little tower of clutter. And it left us nowhere to sit while putting on shoes.
So as our earliest mudroom project, we converted a little shelf unit that had been sitting by the back door into more shoe storage by adjusting its shelves. Here is the post for that fun little project.
This freed up some space in and around the shoe bench. I repainted the shoe bench and made a cushion. Now we have somewhere to sit while putting on shoes.
I got rid of the coat rack hanging above the bench since it looked terrible and we never used those jackets. We use the shopping bags more, so I made a space for them instead.
So the area that looked like this
now looks like this
I do miss having a mirror in the room for that quick last look before heading out, so I’ll find a space to hang a small mirror. And then we’ll be done.
Clean and Simple
This little room is more functional now. And it will stay this organized forever!
Just kidding. Even I am not that delusional.
Behind the Door
Let’s open the laundry room door and take a quick look at the progress in there.
Since my last laundry room remodel update, we ordered a quartz countertop for the north wall where the appliances and sink will go.
And now we wait until mid-July for the installation. In the meantime, we’ve been shopping for accessories including this stainless retractable clothesline, which I can’t wait to install.
But there is something new and exciting. My brother, Dan, is building us a beautiful custom corner cabinet.
We wanted to get the most out of this tricky corner without taking up too much floor space. This corner cabinet is our best option. And there is no one better to build it than Dan, who has created some gorgeous built-ins for his own house.
It fits nicely under the window. The drawer still needs to be installed, and it will have the same quartz countertop as the appliance wall. But it’s already looking perfect for the space.
Materials for the cabinet cost almost nothing. Dan used old plywood he’d salvaged from his kitchen remodel. And I had two extra cabinet doors (for our new cabinets) left over from our own kitchen remodel. Luckily they were the right size for the corner cabinet.
So now the corner cabinet matches the sink base. And both laundry room cabinets match our kitchen cabinets.
And my brother rocks.
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- A DIY Shoe Storage Upgrade
- A Scruffy Concrete Floor Gets a Facelift
- Our Laundry Room Remodel Begins
- Chalk It Up To Mystery
- A Laundry Room Remodel Progress Report
- What’s Hiding Under the Countertop
- Laundry Room Reveal: Before and After
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