our mudroom

We bought our house 5 years ago based off a floor plan we found online.  One of our favorite features was this mudroom. It connects the garage to the rest of the house and is such a great dumping ground for our busy family.  The only negative about the space is that there is no window. Which means it is pretty dark. We painted it a dark chocolaty-green-gray color a few years ago and it became even darker {that’s what you get when you use a can of paint you have laying around}. Last summer Ryan added white bead board paneling and a row of hooks on all four walls and that made things a bit lighter and much more functional. But it still needed some freshening up.  I finally finished putting the space together and I’m excited to share it with you today.

The walls are now Revere Pewter {Benjamin Moore} and it feels so much brighter!

I moved the woven pinboard in here to put some favorite family photos, art work and mementos – it sure adds a personal touch and some much needed color and cheerfulness to an otherwise boring room.

We bought these numbers at the hardware store to identify hooks for each backpack.

Above the hooks is a new print that I just adore.

This is the wall with the door that goes out to the garage. Its nice to have a little bench in here.

And the back wall …

I painted stripes on the ceiling just for fun. I like it. Ryan -  not so much.  We also switched out the light with this industrial one from the hardware store {$25!}.

One of my very favorite features of the mudroom is the automatic light Ryan so brilliantly installed. It has a movement sensor so it comes on when you walk in the room and turns off after a minute or two. We have a few of these throughout our house in places where its easy to forget to turn off the light {the pantry, under-stairs closet, master closet}.

Now let me share with you another genius tip I got from The Nester.

I buy one brand of socks – two lines for the older boys {is it weird that they share socks?} and one line for No. 3. Audrey gets her own girly socks but shares a basket with #3. AND I don’t match and fold them. Just throw them in the basket. It saves on time when folding laundry, makes it easy for the boys to find their socks and best of all, there are no more mismatched socks in our house. Thanks Miss Nester.

Each kid also has their own bin of shoes.

Can you tell who already has a shoe-obsession? Naturally, she gets the bigger bin.

Speaking of shoes … these are her current favorites {and mine too}.

They are from my favorite shoe designer Joyfolie. Come back tomorrow for a generous discount for JDC readers.

A few details:

So that is our mudroom. I love how it turned out. Bright, cheerful, useful, organized and personal.

And it will never again look as nice as it does in the photos.

… SOURCES …

paint color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

light: warehouse pendant from Home Depot

be filled with joy print: The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy

black numbers: Home Depot in the mailbox and house number section

galvanized wall organizer: PotteryBarn – no longer available

sock baskets & shoe bins: IKEA

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80 Responses to our mudroom

  1. Stacie January 21, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    LOVE the ceiling and new light fixture! Maybe this summer I can be inspired to reorganize our mud room…

  2. Tamara January 21, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I love it! I dream of having a house one day that has the garage-to-mudroom-to-house layout. It just makes so much sense. And that sock idea… genius!

  3. JoLynn January 21, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Oh! I love it!! So much lighter and brighter! I love your posts because you always seem to inspire me to go and tackle some ugly area of my house that I have been meaning to get to. :) So, thanks!

    P.S. Love the sock idea too…I have 3 girls, so when #3 gets a little bigger this idea would come in handy! I hate matching socks.

  4. lacey poag January 21, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    beautiful lady! i love all your posts, but this is great! our mudroom is ALWAYS evolving. please PLEASE please show us your laundry room & secrets to keeping it in order! also, where you do you keep your cleaning items, vac, mop, & supplies. so many of us are on a purging, cleaning spree and your wisdom will be so helpful! thanks fellow mama of little ones :)

  5. leslry January 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    oh it looks terrific.. I like your bragain light from HD, The stripes are unexpected but I love them. I have seen the lovely prints all over pinterest, very nice job !

  6. Amy January 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Love your mudroom! While I can only wish I was as stylish as you, I have to tell you…I painted my basement today Revere Pewter. I had that same light in my basket today but took it out. (I am trying to only get things for the room I am actually working on, instead of piling things up for rooms to come!) I also have three boys then a girl. I would be embarrassed to put in print how many shoes came today from Zulily. She and I both love them! I enjoy your blog! Can’t wait to shop for more shoes now at JoyFolie! thanks!

  7. Jana January 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Such an inspiring post! Love the functionality + style! I searched the entire ikea website for those shoe bins without any luck… any idea what the “name” of those bins are? Thanks!

  8. Catherine at Design Editor January 22, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Looks fabulous! I’m a big fan of the stripes and the woven pinboard looks perfect in that space. I’m totally green with jealously because we don’t have a mudroom. You walk in from the garage right into the living room. Carpeted living room. Argh! The one thing about our house that drives me up the wall!

  9. Jadie January 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I LOVE THE STRIPES on the ceiling! So cute. I also LOVE Katie Daisy (being from Oregon, I have a special place in my heart for Oregon artists)! I can’t agree with you more: it is bright, cheerful, and obviously reflects who your family is. I love it!

  10. Alecia January 23, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    It looks awesome, and I love the lighter paint color!!

    Have you thought about making a built-in bench along the wall under the cork board? That was my first thought as soon as I saw it. I can totally imagine one that would fit all the shoe and sock bins and I’m sure you could come up with a super cute bench cushion. Or, even having an L-shaped bench that wrapped around to the wall where you currently have the little bench. Just an idea!

  11. Brandi January 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I just found your blog via pinterest, and I must say that I LOVE it!! Amazing transformation of the mudroom – very inspiring :)

  12. Erin February 10, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Can you please tell me where you got the hooks for the backpacks? They look super study and i need to have them for my mudroom :)
    Your mudroom is inspiring. Mine is my next project!!

  13. Katie February 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I am working on our closet organization and I am going to do shoe bins thanks to your brilliant idea! I’m wondering what kind of bins you have for the kids’ shoes – they look great! I’m trying to decide between cute or functional, and yours seem to fit both. :-)

  14. Lisa February 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Revere Pewter is my 100% most favorite paint color in the world. I have 99% of my house painted in it – the perfect neutral!

  15. Taryne Russo February 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Your mudroom is perfect! Can I ask what tile you used and would you recommend it for bathroom tile?

    • emily February 21, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      The tile is just linoleum that I’m not crazy about.

  16. Sandra February 25, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Hi,

    I don’t know if you get these comments because it is an older post but did you say you got those silver shoe containers at IKEA? What part of the store has them and do you know if they still carry those? I want something just like those and can’t seem to find them.

  17. Rita March 11, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    Just found your blog and am obsessed! IT’S 1 In the morning and i am still up reading your blog! love your mudroom.

  18. kaley May 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    hi there- what did you use for a topper of the beadboard? do you have a photo that is closer up view? thanks!

  19. kate r June 20, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    do you have a link to to your floor plan?

    • emily June 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      I tried finding one online and I don’t see one. Sorry about that!

  20. Inspire Me Heather August 1, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Nice job on your entryway, it turned out gorgeous! I have this linked to my mudrooms and entryways project roundup post as well today, for inspiration!

  21. Angie November 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Where did you find your wall hooks that you used? I love the square look but can’t find anything like this. Thanks.

  22. thalia grace March 5, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    hey emily, cant you give us a video tour of your entire house?

    • emily March 5, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      I will work on it!

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