Continuing on with some progress updates around the house, today I’m sharing how the mudroom is looking. Back before Christmas, I shared this update with the loose plan to make this space more functional and appealing. As a reminder, here’s what the room used to look like – dark wood trim, cracked plaster walls and zero functionality. It was essentially a pass through and dumping ground…as in everything just ended up on the floor. Less mudroom and more awkward hallway.
The awkward layout and multiple angles and doors make it difficult to figure out what to do with the space. I gave up on the idea of getting a bench in here because of the very limited floor space and tried to max out function by going vertical as much as possible. And covering up that nasty cracking plaster was a must!
Here’s the room now! It is about a billion times brighter now with the painted white beaded board we put up. That goes up to 5 feet then is capped with some trim. Above that we put up drywall and painted it Benjamin Moore’s Gossamer Blue, a pretty grayish-blue green. I debated wallpaper for this room but ultimately I just wanted it done before Reed was born so paint was quick and easy.
I mounted 4 of these hooks up high for the big people coats…
…and my favorite vintage brass elephant hooks down low for little people things. These used to live in Knox’s nursery in NC and I’m so happy to have found a new place and function for them here in the new house.
On the wall you face right when you walk in I mounted my favorite IKEA shelf. It acts as a great spot to drop stuff like phones and sunglasses right when you come in the door.
Below that I tucked one of my favorite baskets to collect shoes. They don’t seem to sell this square one anymore, just the rounds which bums me out because square baskets with straight edges are so much more space efficient than rounds.
Shoes that are in high rotation (like our snow boots this winter!) just end up lined up against the wall. Apparently we are a Sorel snow boot kind of family. I’d love a boot tray but they’re all too long and wide. Might have to try and DIY something that works but for now, we’re out of snow boots so I won’t worry about it.
That quatrefoil mirror is another Target find (not online, sorry!) that started off black. I just popped the back off, took out the mirror and sprayed the whole thing in Rustoleum’s Safety Red. Seriously, about a 4 minute transformation.
Isn’t it so much better in red?? I love it.
Another super simple and incredibly useful thing in this room is this magnetic strip from IKEA. It’s sold as a knife rack but is absolutely perfect for holding keys. I open the door and slap the keys right on there, just out of reach of curious toddler hands. Best $13 I’ve ever spent and has saved me so much time searching for my dumb keys!
One of the most annoying things about this room is that the previous owner put these terrible teal tiles down over whatever was here before (probably the same maple wood that runs through the entire house). So as a result, the floor in here is about 1/2″ higher than it should be, leaving me with barely 1/16″ of clearance space to open the door. The door opens fine but there is ZERO room for a mat of any kind. It’s so obnoxious because obviously coming into a mud room with nasty shoes, you’d want the mat as close to the door as possible…but the best I can do is this two feet from the door situation. Grrrr, so annoying! The mat itself is the Waterhog from LL Bean and it’s awesome…I just wish it was closer to the door. I’ve considered taking the door off the hinges and using a planer to shave a little off the bottom but that’s just going to let in cold drafts in the winter so maybe not.
Still left to do in this room – replace the terrible boob light.
I’m thinking something like this in keeping with the more utilitarian nature of the room. It would be super easy to paint this too and it’s nice and cheap!
And I need to eventually add some low profile storage to this wall (behind the basement door).
So all in all, some paint and a few simple changes have made this room an actual functional space in our house. It was invaluable to have this during the past winter when we were getting dumped on with feet of snow.
It’s certainly not my dream mudroom (those can be found here in case you’re wondering!) but I’m thankful for the space nonetheless.