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.


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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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


    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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. :-)

  11. 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!!

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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 !

  19. 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 :)

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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…

  23. Debbie January 21, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Very nice, and loving the ceiling! Where did you find those square hooks?

  24. Paula January 21, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Great functional space with lots of good organizational ideas. If I could suggest adding anything, it would be a big mirror on the wall next to the door. Great place to add some light and for checking your looks before heading out the door!

  25. shawna [of styleberryBLOG] January 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    such a simple & beautiful space! I just bought my 2.5 yr old daughter those same saidi shoes & found her the other night passed out on the floor of her bedroom…in her jammies WITH her “bew-ful” new shoes on. haha! a girl after my heart…

  26. Jessica Singletary January 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #


    I love your mudroom! I really loved the numbered hooks & the motion sensored light! I had no idea they made these. I’ll be adding this to my husbands to do list…. I’m going to attempt making your woven pin board this year. Thanks for sharing your home!

  27. Annie January 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Hooray! Isn’t it amazing the amount of happiness even a small well designed place can give you! The mudroom looks great. Give me some ideas of my own for our laundry/mudroom. Thanks for sharing!

  28. karen January 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Stylish and practical! Love it. Where did you get the bench from? Love it!

  29. Rebecca January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Love it! It’s beautiful. And now I have mudroom envy :)!

  30. Laura A January 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Super cute!! can’t see the ceiling photo and I really want to see it!!

  31. Trish @TheOldPostRoad January 20, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I have become a huge fan of pale gray! I have used it a couple of places!

    Also – I am afraid our entire family shares socks. It might be gross – but it is alot easier. My daughter lamented to a Sunday School teacher in 3rd grade that she was sick and tired of sharing underwear with her sister. !!?!!?! We had NO IDEA they were sharing underwear! And of course she tells the world before telling us.
    Enjoy your weekend, Emily.

  32. Renae January 20, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I want to see your ceiling but the photo isn’t showing up…argh! :)

    Gorgeous and totally inspirational to get our mudroom/pantry/landry room finished!

  33. Jenna January 20, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    It looks fantastic!! I love the shoe bins! And I just bought that “Be Filled With Joy” print for my daughter’s room. One of my all-time faves. :) Love the way you framed it too. Such a great room, Emily!

  34. Dana January 20, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Your mudroom looks amazing!! I love every single personal touch you gave the room. So inspiring! Pinned :)

  35. Alecia January 20, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    It looks awesome! Love the lighter paint color and those hooks are super cute too.

    One suggestion: Have you thought about making a built-in bench along that wall under the cork board? As soon as I saw that I thought it would look great and if it were wide enough, it could have a shelf underneath that could hold all the bins for shoes and socks. Just an idea. Actually, making it L-shaped and wrapping it around to the wall where you have the current bench would be cute too. I could totally see you doing something cute and creative with the bench cushion. Just an idea! I’m totally jealous as our house opens right up into our living room and doesn’t have a mudroom. :)

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  36. Jessica@MakingHomeSweeter January 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    How sweet! I love how your mudroom gives your home such a welcoming feeling! And what a great idea for the socks.

  37. Michele January 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Looks great! I like the woven pinboard in there a lot. Seeing your lighter paint colors makes me want to lighten things up a bit at my house. We’ll see. Thanks for showing off your tidy and bright mudroom!

  38. charis January 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    aw, i would love a mud room with all these boys! somehow everything ends up in my kitchen, which i do not love! you did a great job with yours. it looks great and i like your ideas.

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  39. Michelle January 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    i absolutely luv luv luv it!!

  40. Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} January 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I love the bins for each of their shoes. Im trying to figure out a similar system here; tough in a super old home with no room in the entryway for bins. And our coat closet(a neat one hidden under our stairs) isnt big enough for bins. I love having all the shoes by the door though and not tracking through the house.
    All the updates you made transformed the space into a bright, functional one. Love it!

  41. Abbie (Five days...5 ways) January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Just noticed that someone already quoted your “it will never look as nice as it does in the pics” line, but I was going to already, so I am now I guess. : )

    Soooo true. If only I could get everything to look as nice as it does freshly photographed.

    For some reason, the pic of the striped ceiling (at least I’m assuming that’s what it is) refuses to load, which is a real bummer because I was looking forward to seeing it. : (

    Oh, and great job on the mudroom! I have visions of this for our house someday too, but we’re about to start a major add-on, so this will have to wait.

    Oh, and lights that automatically turn on and off?


    P.S. LOVE those Joyfolie shoes and can’t wait to see the discount.

    P.P.S. Apparently, I’m Chatty Cathy today. Sorry.

  42. emily January 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    thanks for the nice comments. Our power is out and is expected to be for the next few days so I cant get on my computer to fix the photo of the ceiling … I will get to it when life returns to normal. Wish us luck!

  43. andrea January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I love it! And guess what? Your black and white striped rug would be great in here too!

  44. rachel in Cali. January 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Love it!

    I see a perfect spot for a fun little shaped mirror… see it, above where your purse is hanging??

    You are making me want to organize!!

  45. Dedra January 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Love the mudroom! I wish my home had an area to drop shoes (more for me than my kids and hubby). I’m the person that leaves my shoes all over the house. It drives my husband crazy- but I’m trying to teach my kids where to put my shoes. They’re learning. :) Could you share where you purchased the hooks? I’m redoing the kids’ bathroom and need hook ideas. Thanks-

    • emily January 21, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      The hooks are from Lowes {I think!}. Or Home Depot.

  46. maja trumpfheller January 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    i can’t see the ceiling picture, and i’m so curious to see your stripes.

    all the others i do like very much. i’ve had also the idea with the boxes for our home. next time i’m at ikea, i should get some boxes.

  47. mary beth January 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I love it! I so wish we had a mudroom in our house. You have great organization in there…just may steal your sock tip from the nester. :-) Thanks – as always – for sharing a beautiful room.

  48. Melissa @ HOUSEography January 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    That looks wonderful!! Great job. Color is perfect now! We’re transforming a dark room in our house to a light and functional room as well!!

  49. Melissa January 19, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I love everything about this post! The room looks SO much lighter…and the bead board is gorgeous!! I love those tips at the end: the baskets of socks and the buckets for all their shoes: sorted!! Absolutely the-best-tip-ever, for a mudroom. EXCELLENT job!!

  50. Shawna January 19, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Love it! Thanks for sharing…where are your washing machines if they are not in the mud room?

    I just chose new paint for our home too and one of the colors is ‘revere pewter’ and I really love the change!

    • emily January 21, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      we have a laundry room that is upstairs. Now that is a room that is in need of a makeover!

  51. meganleiann January 19, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I love it! The details are gorgeous.
    From the pictures the Revere Pewter looks more beige than grey. How does it read in person?

    • emily January 21, 2012 at 9:09 am #

      I would call it a warm gray. Light, not overly gray, not really khaki either. Just a nice light warm gray.

      • meganleiann January 22, 2012 at 11:07 am #

        Beautiful. It’s on my list of paint colors to try in my living room. Thank you!

  52. Angie K. January 19, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I love the fresh, new look that you gave to this room! It makes a pretty, yet functional, place to be greeted by as you come in from your garage. You have such a knack for making spaces, like this one, look great!

  53. Amy Dowell January 19, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Such a nice makeover! I love the picture board.

  54. Sarah B January 19, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I love how much brighter the mud room is with the new paint color! I also think the hooks were a great idea since a mudroom always has randon clothing dropped in it. We used to have a set of tall skinny “cubbies” in ours when we were young and each kid had their own shelf.

  55. Teresa (Our Corner House) January 19, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    It really does look great…and light! The little row of different-sized backpacks is so sweet!

  56. Kimber-Leigh January 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    gorgeous! i really love the plethora of hooks. we have four…which is not nearly enough. i also like each kid’s own shoe bin!

  57. Jessica January 19, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I love how it’s very cute, yet also super functional. Great job!

  58. christy January 19, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Love it! I have been meaning to redo our mudroom/laundry area too. Maybe you’ve given me the inspiration to do it (maybe.) thanks for sharing!

  59. Jess January 19, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    love seeing the rest of your house! it’s perfection! would love to see the striped ceiling – didn’t show up here, either!

  60. Katie@Paisley Print Shoes January 19, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I LOVE this space!! WOW! I especially love that you corral all your shoes into BINS – I have been trying to figure out how to organize all the shoes in our front closet and I think you helped me figure it out. :-) Thanks!

  61. Erin @ One Project at a Time January 19, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    I love it. Although now you have me wanting to spend time on our back entryway instead of a few more pressing rooms in our project house! I am on a mission in 2012 to fix up our closets though, like our big Playroom closet project that I started this weekend- http://oneprojectatatime.blogspot.com/2012/01/disaster-closet-2.html

  62. Melissa January 19, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Love your mud room. It looks great! I think the stripes are fun. What a brilliant idea with the socks.

  63. Kathleen Leonard January 19, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Love it, you are so lucky to have a mud room. Love the bigger bin for your sweet little girls shoes. Us girls always need more room for our “stuff”, right?

  64. Debra January 19, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Would you mind sharing where you got the shoe bins and the mail sorter/key holder? A mud room is a dream of mine one day. Love what you did with yours!

  65. mindy January 19, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    My image of the ceiling and light doesn’t show up either. I am oh so curious how the stripes turned out!!

  66. BJ January 19, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    Very nice!

  67. Meg January 19, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    It’s too cute! I don’t know if my comp is the only one but the picture of your ceiling and light doesn’t show up, it’s just a big empty space. We installed one the automatic lights in our first house’s hallway where the kids rooms were so if they got out at night the light would turn on for them, however since we have animals it kept coming on every time one the pets would walk through it, and was always on! We had to turn it off and forget about the idea.


    • emily January 21, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      I just fixed the photo so it should be up there now …

  68. Maury @ Life on Mars January 19, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Love how bright yours is! It looks so big! I’m very jealous, we have a mudroom but it also the laundry room/hall way to the powder room, which makes it not as functional as a mudroom.

  69. Spark*Amy January 19, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    I am so stealing the bins for their shoes idea! Our closet is a train wreck! We only have a front foyer entrance and I am constantly trying new things to keep everyone in line and keep it neat!

  70. Ktez January 19, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Love it! Everything just oozes style yet it’s still functional. I am always inspired by your ideas but often don’t get around to following any of them through. Apart from your burp cloths though. I made some for my friend’s baby shower (my frist attempt at sewing anything) and she raved on about them so much after the baby was born that I am making her more plus going to see if I can sell any online! Thanks xxx

  71. Bri January 19, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Emily, I’ve been a reader for about a year now but haven’t commented very often , shame on me! But I wanted to tell you that this is just what I needed to inspire my mudroom redesign! I just have two kids but we seem to accumulate jackets and shoes as if we have many more. :) Thanks for all the great ideas! LOVE that sock idea! And I love that Audrey has a bigger shoe bin than her brothers. :)

  72. Kelly in Georgia January 19, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    “And it will never look as nice as it does in the photo” cracked me up!! The room looks happy, functional, and well used..isn’t that what rooms in our homes should be? Love the numbers and the sock bin and the shoe bin ideas…but one of my “kids” wears a men’s size 11…he would kind of need a BIG bin!

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