Mini mudroom: finally finished

Hi there.  I'm stoked to finally share our mudroom today.  

How long has it taken?  About 8 months, I think....only because we wanted to do some of the work ourselves & we wanted to work around our contractor-friend's schedule since he's amazing & did us the favor of taking on our mudroom despite his packed schedule. I stopped really keeping track around 6 months so for all I know, it might've taken years.  What year is it, are we driving flying cars yet?

We started out with a little stoop, had a bigger foundation poured, & then had it framed.  Then came electrical, insulation, & drywall.  Hubby tiled, stained the bench, caulked, puttied, etc.  Our contractor installed the board & batten, bench, cabinetry, plank ceiling, amongst countless other things.  Dirk, if you're reading this: We're never moving. We're just going to have you add on to our house as necessary because you do flawless work, friend.  I painted....and painted.....and painted (mostly after Quinn was in bed). So here we are!

{Catch up on the mayhem: Part 1Part 2Part 3 & Part 4.}

The beginning (Quinn's pants are falling off, she's so excited):
The now....it's a tricky room to photograph (plus it started to flurry) so here goes!
The wall to the left used to be part of the original exterior so you'll notice some dents, a few crooked planks, and imperfections.  We just kept it as is because we like that it's not-so-perfect & adds character to this new addition.  Or maybe we were just lazy as feck.
This door leads to the garage & we didn't replace it.  It's metal & in great shape.  
Quinn thinks we made it magnetic specially for her.
Concealed storage was a must.  Hats, gloves, wine, sunscreen, tissues, reusable grocery bags, even Quinn's ballet shoes are all within reach as we're flying out the door.
 

There are usually 20 more pairs of shoes & tons of crap lying around ;-)

We didn't have any HVAC done to this mudroom, though we did insulate the garage & the crawl space above (part of which is the mudroom ceiling).  Winter in the Colorado foothills is quite mild (I'm from Iowa so I'm comparing it to that) but on the colder days we've used a little space heater in this space during the day.  At the moment, we still have our former front door as an extra layer of protection....not sure if it or the old metal threshold will stay, we shall see.


Sources:
Benjamin Moore White Dove paint
hooks (local Boulder store)
rug (Target's Threshold line, not listed on website)
mirror (HomeGoods)
framed feathers (DIY)
striped baskets (HomeGoods)
adhesive bookplates (Michael's)


Thank you for sticking around & for taking interest in our mudroom!  
Even though we dubbed it a "mini" addition, it's spoiled us enormously.
We really tried to maximize the space & it is such a workhorse of a room.  We absolutely love it.  
More to come on the updated front exterior!

76 comments:

  1. Ohmygosh - I *love* it!! What a perfect addition to your home that's not only beautiful, but oh so beautifully functional! I think it was totally worth all of the time and effort. I'm sure it will prove its worth every. single. day. Great job!

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    1. Aw thanks a million for your kind words, Jenny!! Made my day :-)

      You're so right, this room proves useful every day! I'm wondering how we ever got by without one & now we feel terribly spoiled ;-)

      xoxo

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  2. It is amazing! You have it beautifully styled as well. I would love to have a mudroom!

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  3. Drooling. Especially those little doorknobs on the storage cupboard- they are gorgeous. And that fox hook (what does he say??) Ah- I'm loving it all actually. Nice work!!!

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  4. What an smart addition! Your mudroom is so welcoming. I can't even pick out a favorite part - the room is so wonderfully decorated!

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  5. It looks soooo good! Perfectly styled and ready for me to cozy up and stay a while. 😊

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    1. Aw thanks, friend! Stay as long as you want in my glorified wine closet ;-D And if you go into labor, that bench would make a great birthing bench....too far?
      xoxo

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  6. I'm sorry, I can't type now. I'm too busy raising the roof to you girl! So worth all the hard work, it looks ah. mazing. You need a mudroom party!!

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    1. You're first on my list of invitees. Let's raise the roof & toast to being awesome....in other words, just like any old day for us. Wha-what!
      Thanks a million for the love, love!!

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  7. OMG this is fabulous! wow great job!!! One thing I do wish is to have a mudroom in our house, maybe one hopeful day.

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    1. Thanks so much, Y!! A mudroom was on our longtime list, too. So happy it's here ;-)

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  8. It turned out so so good! I love every detail and I love that you left the imperfections...totally adds charm! xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks a million, K! I'm going to use that charm excuse for the future, it sounds so much better than my lazy excuse ;-)
      xoxo

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  9. Ugh so jealous. I would love to have a mudroom and yours is one of the prettiest I have ever seen!
    I've been wanting those fox hooks too.

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    1. Aw thanks, love! A mudroom has long been on our list & now that it's finally happened, I'm almost afraid to use it....almost ;-)

      The fox hook is surprisingly sturdy & once we piled 3 coats, a hat & scarf on him (ears, head, tail)!

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  10. Absolutely love!! The details are definitely fab ESPECIALLY those cabinet knobs!!!

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  11. I love every single thing about this! The floor, the white, the details EVERYTHING! Great job!

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  12. It's perfection friend! You put such great thought into every detail including the hooks, pillow, tiles, etc. I so wish I had an entryway like this. All I have is a door that leads straight into my stairs. NICE! Maybe someday. That rustic bench is my fave! I am sure you are loving having a place for everything when you enter your home. You have mucho talent! xoxo

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    1. Isn't it funny how the smallest rooms can end up being a favorite? Thanks so much, my friend! You have such an eye for & are so experienced in home reno/design & the like, so I'm incredibly honored to hear this! You're the best, thank you!!!

      xoxo

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  13. I love every single thing about this! Well done.

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  14. how i would love a spot like this in my house! so bright and friendly. GREAT Job!

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  15. This is SO good. Well done!!

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  16. I love everything about this room! The planks, the bench, the hooks... it is perfection. And it looks so good with the rest of your house - your front facade was meant to have this mudroom!

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  17. I obviously love every single detail! It all looks so good and ties in perfectly with the existing structure, like its always been there, which I love!! & guess what I bought the same exact mail holder from Target a few months back and now I so want to hang it up!! :)

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    1. Great minds, right? ;-) That mail holder is pretty cool! Thanks so much for the kind words, friend. Means a lot to hear them from you! We are loving the crap out of this mudroom ;-)
      xoxo

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  18. Seriously so amazing. My pants are falling off, too. Just like Q's.

    Okay. Too far?

    But I really do love it. You know how to mix gorgeous and practical better than anyone I pretend to know through the Internet. Pinning the hell out of this.

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    1. My pants are off right now! And I'm standing in the mudroom! I feel so close to you.

      Thank you, love. I've long admired the trimwork & epic rehab you've done to your house(es) so this means a lot!!

      xoxo

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  19. It looks fantastic! Well worth all the hard work and time! Every detail is beautiful. On a side note I'm from Iowa, too!

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    1. Thanks a million for the kind words, Allison!! So glad to have this space fully functioning. Not sure what we ever did without a mudroom, now we're feeling a little spoiled!
      GO HAWKS! :)
      xoxo

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  20. I love everything about this but I am super jealous over all of the concealed storage. I need more of that over here! Who knew kids came with so much stuff?

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, B!! I know, these kids really should come with a warning...and a maid...and a college fund...and a supply of wine for me.
      xoxo

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  21. This is so beautiful!! You don't need heat in there, it's not like you will hang out on the bench and drink. Oh, wait....
    Love your projects! You and your contractor buddy should always work as a team!

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    1. Hanging out on the bench & drinking--done & done! Mostly whilst I was painting in there but it's mighty comfy so I might do it more often. Especially now that the temps are warming up. Come over, this wine aint' gonna drink itself!! Thanks so much for the kind words, friend!!

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  22. So excellent. Every single detail. Awesome and inspiring. I mean it. xxoo

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  23. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the finished product and all your little finishing touches!! And thanks for spending 8 months doing it... makes me feel like less of a lazy blogger. ;)

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  24. Ridiculous how awesome this is. Seriously. Can I move in yet??

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  25. Flawless as always, my friend. Love all the attention to detail!!

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    1. The highest compliment, thank you, my friend!
      xoxo

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  26. Never commented before, but this is too beautiful not to reply. Love the design, and wishing Dirk lived in eastern PA. I've been reading your blog for about a year and thoroughly enjoy your writing style, especially your references to wine. :-) Also, your little girl is adorable.

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    1. I'll see if Dirk will travel for work ;-)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment (and the kindest one at that!), Dee!! I appreciate you visiting my blog world....and hope I'll hear from you again despite my wine jokes & attempts at sarcastic humor ;-)

      xoxo

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  27. It's absolutely perfect. The tile, bench, and covered storage is the icing on the cake. And it's a pretty cake!

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, H! Mmm, cake. Great accompaniment to red wine.
      xoxo

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  28. Oh my wow!!! I love every last detail of it...and so clever to create the space outside the front door!! Yet it looks seamless to the house!!! Well done, my love! xo

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    1. Thanks, friend! So glad to have this room now. Come over and let's get wasted in here together & washi tape the walls or something.
      xoxo

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  29. Such a smart, beautiful use of space! I love the cabinet right inside the door - so functional and pretty.

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    1. Many thanks, Em!! Here's hoping this mudroom will stand up to our Colorado lifestyle....and the toddler tornado.

      xoxo

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  30. Hello! I don't comment much, just mainly stalk, but I absolutely adore this mudroom! It looks elegant, yet lived in and comfortable. :) Cheers, Freckles Chick!! Well done! xoxo

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  31. Beautiful! All the details are just perfect!!

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  32. Oh I love it! So worth the wait. Thank goodness it doesn't always looks so tidy - I was feeling self conscious about the piles of dolls and ponytail holders and rocks and preschool paintings that are usually piled up on mine. That fox hook is the cutest.

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    1. Thanks so much, J! So glad to wrap this project up! Currently there are various acoutrements scattered in the mudroom...Quinn's underwear might be one of them :-D

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  33. First of all, I love it when things take a while to complete, makes me feel better about my home, haha. For the record, 8 months seems fast!! Second, WOW! This room is awesome. So many amazing details and best of all they're functional. Amazing job! Now go mess up that beautiful space!! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, friend! As I type this, Quinn discovered her Easter basket from the grandparents which I had hidden. And has strewn that shredded paper basket filler stuff ALL OVER THE MUDROOM and stuffed it down her pants. Girlfriend is crazy.

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  34. Wow. Just, wow. I love this space so much. And I think I am mostly jealous that your front entry and garage entry meet in the same place. Genius. The wood trim is so perfect. Your door is amazing. I just LOVE IT ALL!

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    1. I freaking love your style & design choices so to hear this from you rocks my world! THANK YOU!! The entries meeting in the same place is a total perk & thankfully one we didn't have to tweak ourselves. About time this damn house gave back ;-)
      xoxo

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  35. Another lurker who has been so inspired! Very, very nice job; brava!

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    1. Thank you for delurking, lol! I appreciate the kind words! :-)

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  36. I could LIVE in this mudroom. It is clean, fresh, light, pretty pretty pretty, and styled to perfection. Well done!
    xo L

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  37. Honestly there are just no words my friend. This entire space is absolutely gorgeous. All the moldings, the storage, the bench, the floors, the beamed walls! GAH its all just so freakin good:)

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    1. Thanks so much for the love, my friend!! I love you for noticing those sort of details. Proof we need to meet/hang out one of these days so we can geek out over these things together!
      xoxo

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  38. Hi there, looks great. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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  39. Eeeeeeee!!!! It is SO. GOOD. The ceiling is absolute perfection with the siding and board and batten walls. The storage closet - amazing. Dang it, I want a mud room so bad right now! Do you find yourself sitting on the bench and snuggling the walls? I would :D

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    1. I've been hanging out on the bench, sipping red wine, & whispering gentle promises to those walls weekly (perhaps nightly.) Thanks so much for the kind words, gal!! We're feeling very spoiled with having a mudroom now!

      xoxo

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  40. It is soooo awesome! I love it! The ceiling, the bench, the hooks, the storage - love. it. all!

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    1. Thanks so much, friend!!! The highest compliment coming from one of my favorite details diva herself!

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  41. Oh it's SO pretty!! Love all of the pattern you infused in there, like those pillows and baskets. So so chic! Happy Friday!!

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  42. WOW! You've done an amazing job! We are in the process of expanding our kitchen and adding a mudroom and this is exactly what I am going for. It's absolutely beautiful!!!

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  43. Completely worth every minute of that 8 months! I have come back to this post so many times and keep forgetting to comment, but just know this is probably one of my favorite mudrooms ever. You really did a great job with every last detail and considering smart storage solutions, I especially love those little label holders. Kudos on a mudroom that would still look awesome covered in mud. ;)

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  44. Absolutely beautiful! I love every single little detail.

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  45. Can you explain how you made the bench? Love it!

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    1. Thanks Janelle!

      Our contractor actually built the floating bench so I don't know the specifics. I do know the bench top was made by piecing two pine slabs together that we found at Home Depot (I believe he used a Kreg Jeg-like tool).If you'd like, send me an email & I can attach photos of the underside of the bench frame/bracket that helped one of my blog readers construct her own version of the floating bench.

      xo

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    2. I just commented before I saw this thread… Please e-mail those specifics! I'm wanting to construct one just like this for my mudroom that's underway! :) Thanks!

      emilyxhurst@gmail.com

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  46. Okay, so I just stumbled upon your page and WOW! I'm in love. :)

    I am currently in the process of designing our "mudroom" area and LOVE yours! I have a couple questions!! What exactly did y'all use for the bench? Did you stain it to give it that rustic look? If so, what did you use? Also, how deep did you make your bench? I need the details. I want my bench to look just like that! I love it so much! :) Thanks in advance. Your house is beautiful!

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