New Mud Room!

I am so excited to show you my  

        New Mud Room.

It came about quite by accident. You see, the builder added a walled in room off the original two car garage that has access via a doorway from the garage, a doorway into the house (laundry room) and a doorway to the outside. This room is about 14 feet long by 7 feet wide with very high ceilings.

Initially, we used this room as a "Tool Room" to house our tools and do projects in. But that was before the additional new two car hobby garage was built.

To the left is the new hobby garage, to the right it the original two car garage with 'tool room'.
This the the little breeze way between the old garage and new garage.

I did not want to take a picture of this room as the tool room because it seemed to always be a mess and 'stuff' was everywhere even with us being an organized couple. Just too many projects I guess. Anyway, we did take everything out and put it neatly in the new hobby garage and this is the before picture of how we got it from the builder who lived here for the first 5 years of this houses life. Let me tell you this was crammed with tools and project stuff!!!
Looking out to the outside and to the new garage.
Looking in from the outside to the door that leads into the laundry room. The doorway to the right goes into the original two car garage. The shelving was put up by the builder when he lived here.
So now here is the New Mud Room reveal...
This is looking out towards the new garage from the door leading into the house. I wanted it simple and easy to keep clean and organized. I had my young and cute, handy dandy handyman come and put beadboard and trim up about 6 1/2 feet on the walls. I then painted the upper walls with Sherwin Williams North Star. It's a gray-blue color and very soft. The beadboard is painted white. I then painted the concrete floor with Benjamin Moore's - gray timber wolf color floor paint.
This is a view from the outside looking in. The gray cabinet was purchased at Menards and houses the tool batteries, caulk, paint and winter work coats. All things that have to be stored in here so they won't freeze in the winter. This room doesn't get too cold in the winter.
Let's not forget the antique settee that I redid just for this room and you can see more on that HERE.
It conveniently sets right next to the rack of shoes...
Notice that I did a stripe treatment that was so easy at the top of the wall. I just put a band of blue painter's tape (2") where the ceiling meets the wall. I then put a band of  1" blue painter's tape an inch down from that. I painted over the tape with the white ceiling paint to seal it so it would not bleed the blue paint under it. After that dried, I just rolled on the blue paint, pulled off the two strips of blue painter's tape and I had perfect lines with no bleeding! The ceiling is white but looks blue in this picture.
I had a 10 foot 1 x 6 board installed so I could add hooks for hanging coats and hats in the winter.
 Of course I had to decorate this room with something fun, so I chose a bird theme.
I added the vinyl saying, "Bless this Nest" today...in keeping with the theme!
These birdhouses were made by my hubby for me. We used old hardware to embellish them and I painted each differently. This was a tradition we had going for a while...until I got too many.

I bought this just for fun!

In keeping with organized and useful, I found this 'box' at a garage sale for $1. I painted it white to match the beadboard and attached it to the wall under the outlet that has to be placed high by code. Hubby put the architectural piece under it just for looks.
Now it is useful to hold the battery charger while in use and hold some keys to the shed and new hobby garage.
Here is a side by side look at the Before and After! Fresh, Clean and Organized!


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  1. Congrats on a job well done! You mud room is adorable - wish I had a space like this!

  2. Oh this is a wonderful space! I'm a bit jealous of mud rooms and nice laundry rooms. I try to not let it make me bitter! You've got some prime garage space there too!

  3. Looks fantastic, Terry, and what is in the new garage? :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Terry,
    WOW looks amazing!!!!! You did fantastic job.Love all the finishing touches.Love that special paint treatment(stripe)you did!

  5. Wow! Huge difference!!! I just posted our Mudroom demolition :) I hope mine looks as good as yours!!! Come see the bare start :)
    Found you at the Between naps on the porch linky party.

  6. I more than a bit jealous over your wonderful mud room!

  7. Love this mud room..it is so pretty. I especially like the strip on the top of the wall, nice touch! And this is perfect for your new bench!

  8. Wow...this is an awesome room to have...and it is decorated adorably!
    Just found you at the Between naps on the porch linky party.
    I will be a new follower, just as soon as I am done with this comment...and look forward to digging around your past post's for a while!
    Hope you'll stop by for a visit!

  9. Love your mud room. That bench is fantastic!! Enjoy! Megan

  10. Love it! Like your bird theme as well.

  11. What an awesome mud room! Im in love with the wall stripe, great job:)

  12. Nice job! What a pretty space. Visiting from Domestically Speaking.

    Have a great 4th of July!

  13. What a beautiful mud room. I have mud room envy hehe! Love the bead board, color, you just did a tremendous job!

  14. I love the new space. The before and after is amazing.

  15. Love this! I am dreaming of of mud room. Someday!

  16. It's lovely! I think we all would love that extra space for storage and keeping all the things that don't have a place!

  17. Love the mudroom. I am a new follower can't wait to read back through your blog.
    Regards Shirley

  18. Wonderful use of this room.
    I have to say my favorite part is the 'charging station'. We are always charging something...so I have surfaces and plugs filled up with batteries and their chargers. ALL OVER THE PLACE! This is perfect. A ONE STOP SPOT FOR ALL YOUR CHARGING NEEDS! ...AND KEYS!

  19. HI! I just found your blog through Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint link party and love the mud room transformation! I have always wanted a mud room to catch boots, coats and, well, mud! LOL! I used to have a little bench like yours too! Bought it in the 80's, never redid it like you did (it looks fantastic!) and finally sold it at a yard sale a few years ago. I hated to part with it but there just wasn't a spot for it in this house. Now see, if I had a mud room it would have fit! LOL! I'll be following your blog and looking forward to reading more fun posts and admiring more lovely photos. Hugs, Leena

  20. Wow! It's just lovely! Love the blue, and all the organizational ideas! Great job. I'm a new follower.

  21. I adore your new mudroom! It's so pretty that I would be afraid to get any mud in it at all! It's bright and fresh!

  22. It's beautiful! Wish we had the room to create a mudroom.

  23. I bet you love your new mudroom - so pretty and functional at the same time!

  24. AWESOME! I want it! Love the bead board and bird houses!

  25. Love your new mud room, it is just gorgeous! I'll be featuring it tomorrow :)

  26. Your mud room is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I love the nest theme and bird houses. I love the shoe rack, no more shoes everywhere!

  27. WOW!!! LOVE everything! The blue and the birds are so sweet... and the white. It's totally inspiring!

    I host a weekly link party and would love for you to join us! You can link up all (Heart)&(Home) projects at www.mercyinkblog.com

    have a fab day!
    lauren @mercyINK

  28. Wonderful! It turned out great! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  29. Wow! This is such a perfect space! Love it! I'm sharing this on my features post this Saturday! XO, Aimee

  30. Beautiful! I dream of a house with a mudroom...because without one every room is muddy!

  31. Gorgeous Terry!!! I love your mudroom and I think the color you used might be the color I'm looking for to paint my bedroom. I'm so glad I found your blog and now I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by and visit me too.

    Have a great week.
    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  32. How clever of you to use an old tool room and it turned out just beautiful! I have this linked to my mudrooms and entryways post too today, well done!


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