3.18.2012

Mud Room Before & After

The last owners of our house installed a laundry room upstairs, in addition to the one right off the kitchen.  And while two laundry rooms sound awfully enticing on laundry Mondays, the allure of bags and jackets smartly organized in a mud room had me all weak in the knees.  Here’s what we started with…

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Before moving day, I designed a shelving unit and our contractors brought it to life.  It's been absolutely perfect and one of the best investments we made since day one.  Here's round one of the after.

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Pretty awesome…for a few years.  Because, as we lived in the house and used the room, little things started to bug me.  Like the fact that we left a good three feet unused at the top, that we failed to have the electrical box covers painted and that a patch on the wall and the baseboards were never fixed after running some additional electricity down to the basement.

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So, Honey set to work repainting the room and building two additional rows of cubby holes on top of the existing structure!  Let me present these photos of his two "helpers" to demonstrate just what a kind and patient man he is.  I can barely brush my teeth with their antics, yet Honey can spend three days building and painting a structure with them hanging on his leg.  But I digress...

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While the boys hammered away, I really exhausted myself (LOL) by updating the rug from this…

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...to this Target gem that was a steal at $14.99.

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And here's where we landed with TWO more rows of storage!

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mud room 2

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Those electrical boxes virtually disappear with paint.  SO MUCH BETTER!!

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Our DIY expectations charts are still going strong!

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I changed out the previous catch all for a drawer from my grandfather's antique sewing desk.

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The wall next to the door holds a collage of the little's baby pictures. 

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Sources:
- Wall paint is Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth. Trim and shelving is Benjamin Moore Alabaster.
- Baskets from Target
- Light fixture from Shades of Light (previously located in the guest room of our old house)
- Chalkboard from local boutique no longer in business (previously located in pantry of our old house) 
- Gold letters from Ballard Designs but they no longer carry the mini size as far as I'm aware
- DIY expectations charts made by yours truly

And that's our mudroom, perhaps the most practical, most used room of the whole house!
xoxo

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33 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful job! It looks amazing. Megan

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  2. That is one of the most beautiful mudrooms I have seen! You really made great use of the space. My mudroom and laundry room are combined so I don't have as much room for storage. My one kitchen counter ends up being a dumping ground for mail and school papers but your great counter space in there looks like it would really keep you organized!
    -Shelley

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  3. It looks great! That was a good idea to put those extra cubbies up there in what was just kind of wasted space. Bless your Honey for letting the boys help....that is probably the best part of the whole job and so important for them.

    The whole room looks really nice. Our next-to-last house had a 2nd laundry room and I LOVED having one up and one down. xo Diana

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  4. It is fabulous. I love all the storage and place for all the coats and backpacks. Looks amazing. The pics of the boys are so cute. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Sooooo gorgeous! But, of course, I wouldn't expect anything less since it has to blend in with the rest of your beautiful home! :-)
    Vanessa

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  6. I love your built in with the baskets! What a great use of that space on the top. Plus the cabinets and granite counter make this room feel like a finished, nice part of the home - so pretty!

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  7. It looks wonderful and I bet it functions wonderfully, as well! Bravo!
    ~Jamie

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  8. Beautiful addition to an already great space...Love your "little helpers"!

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  9. That gorgeous room would make doing laundry fun! You and your hubby did a beautiful job Amanda, I know you're proud.

    Daughter and her hubby are heading to Savannah next weekend for a week...first time for both of them. I've given them a whole list of "must see" places...No. 411; Tybee Island Social Club, etc.

    xoxo,
    Judy

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  10. What a great space! And that Target rug was a definite steal. Great...now I guess I'll HAVE to go to Target today. ;)

    Aloha,
    charlie

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  11. Oh WOW! So inspired to gussy up a needy space in my own home; thank you for the ideas! (And I, too, am off to Tarjjjay for that fab rug! ;) xo

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  12. Love this!!! Looks gorgeous and I love that the kids helped :)
    Thanks for linking up
    XO
    Kristin

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  13. Awesome transformation and I love your job!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  14. Awesome transformation and I love your job!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  15. wow! looove it! what a great use for that space! and your littles are so darn cute :)

    thanks to your post and your gorgeous decorating i was inspired to make my home as beautiful as yours and headed over to target - got the very last rug and baskets- THANK YOU! am so in love with them! thank you for sharing your amazing taste and brightening up my day with your posts :)

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  16. WOW! I'm drooling over your mud-room! I've been collecting ideas and pictures forever to re-do mine (4 boys and 1 girl) makes for lots of shoes, backpacks, and in general JUNK. You did an amazing job! I'm a new follower (stopping by via Tip Junkie)hope you'll stop by and follow me too!
    http://asundayafternoon.com/

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  17. Super project. So cool to get organized and use your space. Bet that felt great =) Your little boys are stinking Qt pies too!!! Enjoy your new space =)

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  18. Great job. This is a wonderful mudroom.

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  19. What a great space! Love how it turned out.

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  20. Wow, what an amazing job you did! And I love that you used your grandfather's desk drawer for storage.... what a wonderful way to display something sentimental in a useful way!

    Chrystal
    www.adornonashoestring.com

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  21. How awesome. I love when everything has a place and it looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I love this! How creative! :]

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  23. Great before and after! LOve all the little touches you added - very nice job! I would love for you to stop by my Creative Inspirations party to link it up! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  24. What an amazing room transformation!!! Love your boys, what hams! Have a wonderful weekend! Visiting from Fingerprints on the Fridge.
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

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  25. What a gorgeous mudroom. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday!!

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  26. Looks great! I have those target baskets throughout our home and love them!

    I'd love to see a tutorial for the rug you bought at Target. I've seen a lot on Pinterest, but they've all used plain rugs.

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  27. Your mudroom looks awesome. Wish I had room for one.

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  28. I love this. Trying to figure out if my space is big enough. Would you share how deep this is and width of single cubby? Thanks.

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    1. Cindy - each one is about 15" wide - the total wall is 62". They are 12" deep at the part where coats hang and 20" deep on the base. Hope that helps!

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