We made some serious progress this past week. Not only did we make a big dent in the “to do” list in the kitchen, but we also finished painting and installing the trim in the mudroom. It’s really nice walking past this little paper flower spring wreath and into a finished room!
Our mudroom is looking so nice that I decided to invite you over for a little tour.
When visitors step in the mudroom they immediately notice the inlaid pebble mat that I designed.
It isn’t just for looks, it also traps some of the dirt in between the pebbles as you walk over it.
The stones are actually comprised of six 12″ x 12″ square mats. Once you look closely, you’ll see the delineation lines. The border tiles are also sold in 12″ lengths and are made of mosaic slate. Both tiles are from The Tile Shop. The corner squares are actually cut out of the floor tiles that make up the rest of the mudroom floor. They are actually porcelain tiles inkjet printed to look like slate. We bought them at Lowe’s Home Improvement.
You may recall that before we laid the tiles, I installed Warmly Yours radiant heat mats.
I can honestly say that this is a wonderful bonus source of heat in the winter. We were able to keep the mudroom and laundry room (both devoid of heating registers) toasty warm throughout the season. And now that summer is looming, I just turn off the radiant floors until the cold weather returns.
When you look up, you notice the circle diamond pattern lights I transformed from ugly brass lights.
Guests are invited to hang up their coats and leave their shoes in the bench if they want to get comfortable and stay a while.
You can learn more about how I built the coat rack from a salvage door and garage sale shelves in this tutorial.
It’s really nice having the ledge to decorate or put library books to return on top of it.
Or just some fresh clippings from the yard.
The hooks are antique acorn tip hooks purchased from eBay.
One of the smartest decisions I made while building the shoe storage bench (made from kitchen cabinets), was to leave room for a basket to hold socks. It just makes perfect sense to put your shoes and socks on at the same time. This streamlines our rush to get out the door every morning.
Honestly, this is one of those projects that I built and am so thankful I did. It keeps us organized and looks attractive too.
I call it my sanity saver, because it keeps me from going insane tripping on shoes (ahem, my own shoes don’t count. LOL.)
The little side table is a new addition to the mudroom.
It let me add my little paint chip lamp and a place to drop a pair of sunglasses or mail when I walk in the door.
On the opposite wall is the memo board I made from an old window. We like to leave funny messages on the chalkboard panels.
And some inspirational messages as well.
Thanks for visiting our nest.
You can take more of our house tour here.