The mudroom is done and spoiler alert: It’s GREAT! Last week I finished the mudroom / mud closet / hallway room situation and it’s so pretty. This post was written in partnership with IKEA Frisco. I was so thankful to be supplied the pieces in order to make this project exactly what I envisioned. Thank you for supporting brands that support House Homemade. *To see how it was all put together, go to my “making the mudroom” post
I’m so thankful this space is in OUR house! Before I show you any more pictures of the finished space let’s go back to the beginning.
Yep. That’s a big difference, right?
You might remember from the design board post, but this closet is right inside the entry door from the garage. It’s a great location for shoes, bags and other things that shouldn’t get dragged through the rest of the house. More than anything it needed to be organized, but I wanted it to be more usable too! you’ll find the room sources at the bottom of this post
I did exactly what I did for our playroom in the last house: I took the dimensions of the closet and found the IKEA pieces that would work. I owe you a post of exactly how the units were built into the closet but for now I just want to revel in the beauty of the space.
The light is from IKEA. I love the shape but it came in a nickel finish so I just sprayed it black before we installed it. Lighting finish is easy to change. Since it’s not something that gets handled much, you don’t have to worry about the spray paint wearing down or scratching off. I plan to do mostly black finishes in our house and not being limited by metal color while looking for lighting is pretty awesome.
I created the shiplap look using scrap plywood that my husband cut down.
The photo ledge was built exactly like the one I did here. They are so, so easy! You can do it.
The framed baked bean can is a magnet I found wedged between the shelf and wall when I was demo’ing the space. I think it’s fun and quirky in a frame. Plus it mirrors the red in the rug. Unplanned then totally planned. Psst.. that frame is from IKEA. It has a mat and also a spacer so that you can use it as a regular frame or more like a shadow box. That’s good design.
The clear frame was something I’ve had for a million years. It was a give-me with a big company logo on the stand. I tossed the stand and just used the plexiglass which is totally in right now. The little nativity next to it is carved olive wood from Jerusalem. My in-laws traveled there this summer and brought it back for the girls.
The hooks are from IKEA. I love the design. I know I’ve mentioned this but I used them in our bathroom renovation. They’re simple and pretty.
The side walls needed something simple and pretty so I quickly made this ‘be a light’ sign. I always tell that to my girls before I drop them off at school. Having it here as a reminder makes me happy.
The crates were reused from the playroom at the old house. To keep the wood from scraping the bottom of the book shelves, I attached felt. You can read more about that here. The bottom one houses shoes and socks (because socks in the bedroom are a pain when you your kids are running late). The top crate will be for school papers. I’ll make sure and go through it every month or so to fish out all the stuff that needs to be recycled but at least here it won’t be in view.
The higher shelves are still functional but a little less utilitarian. The big wooden bowl holds all of my husband’s work stuff. Extra keys, badge, sunglasses etc. There’s a thrifted owl bank for spare change. And a cute metal mail holder.
The green wall color is SW ‘nightowl’. I plan to use the rest of the color sample to paint our bathroom. It’s a GREAT color.
That key holder was on the wall in our old laundry room. I like it against the side of the shelf.
The bins at the bottom of the unit were from Target. The front of them has a silver metal ring to use as the pull. I didn’t like the look of them for this space but I did like the price of the bins and how well they fit into this IKEA Besta unit so I bought a thrifted belt, cut it up and hot glued pulls onto the other end. I’ve used belts for other projects: as pulls here and as a hanging rack here. I guess this means to never underestimate the power of an old belt.
The bins hold the utility room type stuff: light bulbs, batteries, craft supplies etc.
The floor. It’s a showstopper. I’m so glad I took the time to paint it before I added in the rest of the pieces. It looks awesome. I used the “tumbling blocks” stencil from Royal Stencils. From light to dark the colors are SW- worldly grey, then SW- mega greige, then mega greige with some black added in.
I am truly so in love with this space. After finally getting the right supplies (my fault and more on that later) it took less than 2 days of work to make this room exactly what I wanted. The girls love it, the handsome man loves not having everything spread out like a hot mess and I love it because LOOK AT IT!
What do you think? Do you have a space that with a little more planning could serve a beautiful purpose in your home?
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