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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
photo credit: Paper Crane Photography
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