Our kitchen renovation extended to the mudroom as well – painting the cabinetry to match and updating the counter top. It’s been on my list to share that space with you and when I started this morning I couldn’t believe it has been SEVEN years since I last photographed it.
To start at the beginning (2009), 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 day, the allure of bags and jackets smartly organized in a mud room won me over. Here’s what we started with…
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.
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.
So, Honey set to work repainting the room and building two additional rows of cubby holes on top of the existing structure in 2012! Can you even believe he did all of this with his two “helpers”?!
The mudroom worked perfectly for us for the following 7 years and we didn’t change a thing!
The only difference now is aesthetic – new paint and counters. Oh, and two cubbies now filled with backpacks and giant man sized coats and hats rather than monogrammed pre-school bags and bumblebee rain coats!
The lockers got a new coat of paint with the cabinets to ensure everything matched. They needed it anyway, with some scrapes from daily use. We store out of season hats, gloves and scarves in the top baskets. Daily/weekly hats, jackets, backpaks, etc. hang. The baskets below hold additional hats, cinch bags, etc. that we use often. When winter comes I will move the hats, gloves and scarves down.
The upper cabinet keeps extra cookbooks, my cookbook stand and things for Elsa. One upper drawer keeps coupons, while the other is EMPTY! I have this odd thing where empty drawers make me exuberant. Just because there is room, doesn’t mean you have to fill it with junk. :-)
In the drawers below, Honey and I each keep one for keys, wallets, headphones, etc. The middle drawer is the catchall. The cabinets below keep my work stuff when not in use (including laptop), aprons, candles and lunch boxes/mini coolers.
Because I LOVE peeking in people’s private spaces, here’s a look inside. Haha! I clean this stuff out at least once a year. This year got two cleanings since I did my January Junkout Jamboree (lol) and had to move everything out when we updated the kitchen.
On the counter we keep an old drawer from my grandfathers desk with things we use often and our Christmas Jar. It also serves as a catchall coming in the door.
I’ve struggled with a good use of these little shelves over the years. Sister had the idea to hang cork boards for the boys to display things and we’ve loved it! These cork tiles fit perfectly and I hung them with command strips. I’m using these push pins.
On the main wall that you see coming in the door, I have our USA and world travel maps.
I shared all of the details and sources in this post:
Finally on the wall opposite the mudroom I have a collage of the boys baby photos. They are newborn, 3- , 6- and 12-months with John on the left and Whit on the right.
To give you an idea of the overall flow, here is from the garage door looking into the house with the mudroom on the right. (Colors are awful here!)
And here is from the kitchen looking into the mudroom. You can see where Elsa’s bowls are. She chose the moment of my photo shoot to have a leisurely dinner.
- Wall paint Benjamin Moore Pale Oak; Cabinets Benjamin Moore Decorators White
- Amerock Granby Drawer Pulls
- Counter Berwyn by Cambria
- Travel Maps Wendy Gold on Esty
- Baskets from Target (old)
- Light fixture from Shades of Light (previously located in the guest room of our old house)
- Gold letters from Ballard Designs but they no longer carry the mini size as far as I’m aware
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