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Our Practical Mudroom

Inexpensive mudroom makeover full of practical details

As I sit here contemplating our new mudroom, I have been reflecting on the mudroom of our colonial & what I liked about it. We have the luxury of more space in our tudor & won’t have to share it with the laundry room, but it’s slightly awkward. It made me appreciate what we did with our practical mudroom, for just a little effort & minimal investment. We were able to work around existing flaws, making the best of them.

A pretty & practical mudroom

We started this project right after our second daughter, Aniston was born. Why? Because when else do you spend that much time at home. Our first consideration was how we used the space. Knowing that it was our primary entrance, we wanted a durable floor that would be easy to clean. That’s why we chose to do a painted concrete floor. It was a decision I worried would fail us with a worn, dingy appearance over time, but I knew I could always tile over it if I had to. Fortunately, 3 years of extensive use & it looked as great as it did the day we painted it.

A pretty & practical mudroom

Baskets, hooks, lots of paint & board & batten transformed the closet into a functional mudroom. What you can see to the right hidden behind the pillow is our wine cooler. We didn’t have a space in the kitchen for it or a wet bar on the main level. It was a convenient location that was well disguised. Chris was able to run electric from the garage to the mudroom so that the cord was also hidden.

A pretty & practical mudroom

The “step” also seemed less out of place with the use of a large basket for the girls’ shoes. It was convenient for them to find their own & sit on the bench to put them on.

A pretty & practical mudroom

While simple, I loved this space & all the memories we shared there coming & going. Do you have a mudroom? What’s your favorite feature of yours? I always love your ideas & suggestions!


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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



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8 comments on “Our Practical Mudroom”

  1. Thanks for sharing! Very timely for me as we are preparing to make a mud room! We are using an area in our garage that is extra deep. When the wall is opened up, it will connect to our laundry room with a step up. It will not be a very big space but enough to help with muck boots and chore clothes! We thought that we would put slate tile on the concrete as flooring but are reconsidering as we have doubts as to how well that will hold up. Next thought was vinyl. But maybe we will just paint the concrete! It will not be a heated area so that will mean cold floors! We just had an ikea open close to here! I am contemplating taking me floor plan to them and seeing what organizers they would use?

    • I was worried it would be too cold, but I wasn’t bad at all! Yours sounds a lot like ours. We were going to have to put in a subfloor to do tile & I didn’t think it was worth the expense. If you choose laminate, check out the product we used in the finished basement post. Keep me posted! I’d love to know what you decide!

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  5. Julie,

    I loved your house tour!

    Do you remember approximately how deep the closet turned mudroom was? I am drafting plans for new construction and your mudroom/closet is basically what I would like to do. I currently have a 2ft deep closet on the plans, but would prefer an open alcove like you designed. I’m wondering if I can decrease the depth if I use hooks instead of hangars.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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