Friday, February 20, 2009

Mudroom Re-do: Before and After

For most of my adult life, I have dreamed of having a mudroom. And a clothesline.

In our first home, I was stunned to see the washer and dryer shoved into an upstairs closet. Sure, it was better than walking down to the basement of the apartment building, but still. Sheesh. I hung my new "Fresh Linens" sign in the closet and resolved that our next house would have a bonafide laundry room.

Looking back, I think the mudroom is what first sold me on this house. Specifically, it was the sink in the mudroom. Incidentally, I just love the sounds of that word...Mudroom. Mudroom. A room that you are allowed and maybe even encouraged to track mud into.

I digress.

We bought the house and I quickly set my sights on re-doing the mudroom. The only qualifications were that it had to be cheap. And the end result needed to make my heart skip a beat or two. (That's pretty much a requirement of any home improvement project, otherwise, why bother?)

First, let's take a very quick glance at the before shot. Let me warn you though, it needs to be a quick glance. Trust me.


Our predecessors were knee-deep in moving, but somehow this is the only "Before" picture we have. Anyway, it's an important point of reference.
Please note the floor-to-ceiling paneled closet on the right. It was massive and sort of overtook the room. Please also notice the dreaded pink linoleum flooring. I actually found it somewhat charming, but it just wasn't meant to be, long-term. It was an angel, it just wasn't my angel.

Now, because I want you to see the light at the end of the tunnel, here's the final result, and then we'll dissect it a bit:


My heart just skipped a beat.


This shows the Before and After woodwork. The room (much of the house, actually) was paneled in this tongue-and-groove orange-y paneling. The good news is, it's real wood! And it's tongue-and-groove! All it needed was about 130 gallons of white paint.

After the painting, (Morning Fog, because I like it and I liked its name and because we had plenty left over from the kitchen) Cory tackled that monstrous closet. In an adorably quaint sidenote, inside the closet were many old hooks with names like Agnes, Rhoda, Harold and Timothy crudely written above them in pencil. I wish I could have somehow kept them, but again, not meant to be.

Under the pink linoleum we discovered icky brown linoleum which had been meticulously glued to the cement base floor. Just remembering the hours of heat-gun/chisel wielding scraping we (ok, Cory) spent removing it (in August heat and humidity) sends shivers down my spine. The bad kind of shivers.


I think the glue fumes started to diminish my brain functioning because I clearly remember telling Cory that I really liked the cement base flooring and that we should just keep it as-is. (Remember, removing the Brown Death ended up taking at least 10 times longer than we had anticipated and at that point, I fully believed that the mudroom would be finished just in time for us to ring in the New Year in it.) And what can I say, I'm extremely go-with-the-flow when it comes to my house. I'm not picky or particular at all. Not at all. Nope.


Cory's first tile job, which he did entirely on his own. As I've said before, he is a home improvement stud.

Our Pottery Barn knock-off bench and shelf fit perfectly.






The curtains! The $5 vintage bark cloth curtains! All they needed was some stringin' up.
I still count them as one of my luckiest finds to date. Those colors couldn't be better for this place. And they add just the right punch of color and pattern without impeding the view of the fish pond.


Ooh! This. I found this online and it screamed my name. "Various Kind of the Plants". I'm not sure which era popularized this style of grammar, but I know it wasn't this era, so this must be some kind of the vintage (reproduction).


Hi, Honey!
I found these old scoreboard tiles a few years back at one of my favorite Ohio antiques stores for $1 apiece.
This one was perfect, because I refuse to do laundry outside of regular Banker's hours.
And that metal thing underneath is a chicken feeder turned outgoing mail holder.
(Unfinished: vent cover in the sink cabinet and cabinet hardware.)

The blue cabinet was found at the Springfield Antiques Show and Flea Market. It weighs a ton and Cory hung it on the wall masterfully. I was very impressed.


Check out the chips on this most chippy of all cabinets. Chippy and blue. I didn't really have much of a choice, did I?


And last but not least, meet Rhoda, my gardening goddess. May she always send me sunshine and rain in just the right proportions.

29 comments:

  1. I am so impressed - it's an absolutely lovely laundry room. I have to believe it makes the burden of everyday laundering a sheer delight! (That's what I imagine, at least.) I can't wait to see it in person.

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  2. Oops, the last comment was from me, Holly Y!

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  3. I love this and what a huge difference. It is light, welcoming and just plain beautiful! Great job.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  4. So jealous of your fabulous laundry room. Not only do you have a real laundry room, but an incredible one! This is just what I would want if you would have picked it right out of my head. SO impressed. Thanks so much for sharing this, I will be dreaming of a much nicer laundry room tonight.
    ~Misti

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  5. Wow,and double Wow!! This is incredible. You guys really changed this. I adore it and wish mine was as lovely. I've been here ten years and still need to re-do the floor.

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  6. Fantastic!!! I dream of a laundry room/mudroom but until my house grows up someday I will make due with a small entry for tracking mud into and laundry under the counter in the kitchen!

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  7. Wow, that is truly gorgeous. Well done!

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  8. I like this so much I have featured it on my "favorite finds" post today. Still creating so check back in a few...
    ~Misti

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  9. Absolutely fantastic. I would want to do laundry forever in there---Or a least hide. Very calming. You and your husband did a great job.

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  10. oh, my, my my.......that is adorable. I love all that you guys did!

    Suzanne

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  11. I love your 'mudroom'! I wish my laundry room was larger. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the wood in there. I so want beaded board in my kitchen. I have ugly, did I say ugly? wallpaper chair rail from when I purchased this home many years ago and have never done an 'update'. So now I am planning to slap beaded board over it and paint my kitchen! Thanks for sharing your room and the inspiration!

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  12. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Alessandra

    http://www.craigslistpostingonline.info

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  13. I'm so jealous - I want a Mud Room too!! Seriously, you've a really charming house... I've waundered onto your blog today and have enjoyed "getting to know you".

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  14. I'm jealous! That's amazing! I adore before and after pictures. I have to ask you where did you get the curtain rods and the clip hooks? I'm always on the lookout for a deal on rods with hooks like yours so I don't have to have tab top curtains...not my favorite. I want it to slide back and forth with ease.

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  15. I'm jealous! That's amazing! I adore before and after pictures. I have to ask you where did you get the curtain rods and the clip hooks? I'm always on the lookout for a deal on rods with hooks like yours so I don't have to have tab top curtains...not my favorite. I want it to slide back and forth with ease.

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  16. Great job! I wish I had a mudroom too. I have one of those little laundry closets upstairs
    :(. Hey, way to be featured on "The Nest Files". That's awesome and well deserved.

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  17. I also found you via Nester. Everything looks absolutely wonderful!! You guys did a really amazing job. I'll be saving this one in my files as well.

    :)

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  18. Okay, so I must know....do you have any cabinets made out of the tongue and groove paneling and if so, what have you done to it. The picture you showed of the door, looks exactly like my hideous kitchen cabinets! We are trying to figure out how to remodel the things, but think we'll have to take off the doors and the facings and reface and redoor them. Looks great what you did!

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  19. eeeeeek! I adddddore!!!!!! I love the sink!! EEEEEK!!!!

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  20. If the mudroom is any indication of what the rest of your house looks like, then I'm looking forward to going back through some old posts and seeing more! We have an old farmhouse ourselves...www.rockyriverfarmhouse.blogspot.com

    Natalie

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  21. Lovely! Just moved from a 150 year old farmhouse in seacoast NH last year. We spend the entire time we were there bringing it back to life and sadly, had to move last December. I LOVE what you are doing with your space. I'm going to keep reading and I'm so glad to have found your blog! www.narragansettnumber7.blogspot.com has the beginnings of our cosmetic re-do on the rooms of our new/old farmhouse in Maine, as well as my antique hunting compulsion. Can't wait to check out more of yours.

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  22. That is so cute! I love that sink to death! Awesome job.

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  23. What a lovely room. All of your hard worked paid off!

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  24. Love your mudroom. Especially the big utility sink. I'm jealous! Saw you linked up at TLC, too. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  25. i think this is the first time i've seen your blog. Do you know you're living in my dream house?? sigh. love it.

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  26. Your room looks like it is out of a magazine. A-mazing. You should come by my linky party on Monday "Restyle Your World" saying good-bye to summer.

    Blessings,
    Jen

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  27. Shannan, so funny, I googled "mudroom storage" and came across TLC's mudroom party, and the first link I clicked on turned out to be you! It's like bumping into an old friend at Target - fun! And ps I'm in love with your mudroom! Mine is GRO-TESQUE, or, as I liked to say in the good ol' 80s, GRODY TO THE MAX. I'm inspired by your mudroom loveliness!

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