Well, after 6 months, we have 99% completed our mudroom.
We started with one large room that at one time was a two car garage. The room was great, but in a home that is on a dirt road, in the country on 15 acres, in an area that gets a lot of rain, with muddy shoes, and a large dog (get the picture?) I needed a place for messy stuff to stop before making it all the way into our main living area.
The photo above shows the room without the wall and the previous owner’s stuff inside.
Before we even started, we installed vinyl plank flooring. I still love it and do not regret the decision. We also added recessed lighting and a cute little schoolhouse light above the door.
The first step was adding a wall to define the space. I am crazy about our tounge and groove pine walls that are whitewashed.
The next step was to add a bench. We hit the jackpot when my dad gave us a 2 inch slab of live edge cedar that is almost 18 inches wide and 90 inches long. It was the perfect bench seat. It is installed into the studs with cleats underneath. I cannot stop staring at it every time I walk in.
We need storage in this home. Desperately. So instead of cute open storage that I could fill with accessories, it was closed 30 inch stock cabinets painted white that are filled with bbq equipment, marshmallow roasting devices, tools, light bulbs and other not cute items. Our thought was that we would put things we keep inside but use outside in the space. The knobs are plain Jane and functional, but I like them.
We also added board and batten walls with a tall ledger board for coat hooks. I bought a multipack of hooks at Lowe’s for the space. I like how rounded they are in case one of the giant men who come in our house should connect their head with a hook.
Because there was a large open wall space and I hadn’t come up with a plan for a mirror or umbrella storage, we moved a very narrow hall tree that was a gift from my buddy, The Social Planner. It has a place for umbrellas at the bottom, a cool round mirror and additional hooks that will hold caps.
I painted all but the wood detail with chalkboard paint. I wanted the piece to go along with the large chalkboard on the other side of the door and the oak table. Don’t hate me for painting wood. I like a mix of wood and color. It was in rough shape at the bottom after years of mopping around it, and the metal umbrella holder needed to have the dents fixed. It will proudly serve us well for years to come.
The other side of the mudroom connects with our laundry room. We plan on adding a broom closet in the corner that currently holds all the dog toys. ( Just keeping it real, folks.) It will have a cool screen door when it is my closet!
We are also planning to add a pocket door to the laundry room so that the current 36 inch door is out of the way.
As soon as the suburban home sells I will be moving the galvanized tubs from the laundry room under the bench. I did bring one so I could make sure it will work. It does. I will be adding felt bumpers to the bottom of the tubs to protect the floors.
We have not been able to find the right ceiling white to touch up the ceiling. I really do not want to paint the entire ceiling right now so we will keep searching and the patch from the lighting will stay unpainted. We may have to take out a section of ceiling to color match if we can’t find it soon. (I have done that before, because I hate to paint ceilings.)
I am calling this room done enough that it doesn’t bug me and can move on to other projects once the ceiling is done. Our next step is to get the barn door in between the mudroom and dining area and enlarge our master closet. Slow and steady progress.
Thank you all for following along on our journey.
14 thoughts on “Creating a Mudroom ”
Great job! Could I get some info on the vinyl plank floor & is that through out the house? If it is, how are you liking it?
We have click and lock floating luxury vinyl plank flooring from Lumber Liquidators called Reclaimed Rustic Oak. We love it. It holds up well to our active home and is easy to clean.
Love, love, love the mudroom. Wish I had one to help with all the sand in my back yard.
I cannot believe how much dirt I sweep up every day. It helps so much.
It looks great! You have a lot of great ideas! The bench is the perfect touch! Looking forward to what you’ll come up with next.
What if you did a little medallion around the light so you don’t have to worry about ceiling paint?
The problem is that we moved a recessed light and had to patch the ceiling right above where the black coat rack is located. It shows up in the wide shots. I wish it was a simple fix. Thanks for taking the time to write!
I love the window treatments in the mudroom….can you give me details on this I would love to copy it!!
Lynn, I wish I could help out but those were in the house when we moved in.
I too have a wood slab that I want to use as a floating bench in our mudroom. How did you attach yours securely? You said you used “cleats”. Could you please give more specific details?
We used a cleat like this https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/how-to/g2340/how-to-build-a-french-cleat-shelf/ then ran a 2×2 along the both narrow ends. We have had three adults sit on it at once with no problem. I hope this helps.