It’s a great day for a room reveal. 🙂
I don’t think I could be more excited to be done with this room! Have you ever started a project that you really had no idea would take MONTHS to complete? Well, let me introduce you to our laundry/mudroom:
One of the reasons this project took so long to complete is that it is actually two renovations in one. Easy peasy, right? Well, sorta. It was fairly easy, but at the same time it just took forever to complete for various reasons- one of them being we are like everyone else and have lives that still go on during renovations!
What do you mean we have to take a break during renovations for Easter weekend? Who does that? 😉 Rational people, that’s who. Life happens, and renovations take months. So if you’re in the depths of renovation yourselves, take heart. One day you’ll finish your project just in time to start another project!
The door is Sherwin Williams Watery. I adore it.
This plant is a fiddle fig leaf tree. It’s so nice to have around! Click here for more info on the plant. I feel like I’m letting it get too dry in between waterings.
Isn’t that little cast iron bucket adorable? It came from a local antique store. Same as the mason jar – local place here in town called Born Again Antiques. Stop by if you live around here! The walls in this room were the original outside of the home, so they are tongue and groove. When we built the pantry (the room on the other side of this bench), we wanted to keep the same look to make it cohesive. And besides, who doesn’t like a planked wall? The wall that we installed are pine planks, and obviously much cheaper than tongue and groove. All the cracks had to be filled in with caulk, and that did take some time to complete. Caulk is a lot cheaper than tongue and groove boards, however. If you have more money and less time, go with nicer boards.
The shelf is made from reclaimed wood found under our wood shop, and the hooks are vintage purchased from etsy. I love the hooks! Hooks are so expensive, and I figured if I was going to pay that much for brand new ones, I’d might as well buy something vintage. The hooks are actually the only decor purchase in this pic! Everything else I already had around the house. Score!
I tried to use items that we actually *use* because we actually *use* this room.
We come in and out of this door a million times a day, and we had to make this room useful. My husband wears those overalls, and I most certainly wear those rain boots. The bag is from 31, and I’ve had it for a few years. I am a sucker for blue and white stripes. The wreaths were made from the muscadine vines last fall. I love those, too! I have a ton of those wreaths because there are a TON of muscadine vines. I wear that blue hat when I’m mowing, or when I’m out in the garden.
The door without the windows is our exterior door, and you have to walk through the mudroom to get to the inside of the house. It’s an awkward little place there between the two doors, and instead of fighting to find something to fit this space, it made more sense to build something sturdy. We use these shelves to store random items that never make their way back to the detached wood shop. Are we the only people that do that? I am always needing the measuring tape, drill, or a hammer. I feel like I need these things all the time! The glassware on the bottom is purely because I think it’s adorable. I love old things! A friend of mine posted that she was selling the round galvanized tub on the bottom, and I scooped it up. Thanks, Crystal!
You can see the washing machine peeking through on the side. We did have to sacrifice some space because we “borrowed” space from this room to make the pantry off of the kitchen. I always laugh when people say that they borrowed space – I’m NOT giving it back. I took the space! 🙂 It was so worth it because there’s plenty of room for me to wash and dry our clothes even though they’re not side by side. They’re now about three feet apart and facing different directions, but it was still SO worth it to have a walk-in pantry. (Or ANY pantry!)
Now, on to the floor. Well. I could write a post on how NOT to paint your cement floor, but truthfully, there are just so many factors that could go wrong (or right!) in painting a cement floor. We painted the floor in the pantry with the exact same paint, and it turned out completely different. It was smooth, and not at all like this. However, having said all of that, I still love our floor and do not regret choosing this design. This is Valspar Porch Paint in Dark Gray, and Rustoleum Paint Chips in the blue shade. On top is an epoxy. Just know that you can do everything correctly and still end up with drama when painting cement. Sometimes it bubbles and makes you want to cry, and sometimes it turns out as smooth as glass. You could probably flip a coin to determine how yours could go! But I do recommend the products themselves – they performed brilliantly.
And one last “after” shot just for cuteness.
Want to see some “before” pictures? Sure ya do! This room was actually part of the porch many a moons ago, and was closed in to make a laundry room. You’d think this would explain why we have that blue door, right? Well, no. If you love old houses, this will just make you smile even bigger. So the original door to this house is now the pantry door on the other side of the box/closet that we built. The original door is the pantry door that now opens up into the kitchen. The blue door with the glass window panes opens up into the dining room. #oldhouselove
So here are some sad pictures of piles of wood waiting to find a new home. Want to follow me on Instagram? Sure, why not, right? Instagram is a fun place.
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