This week's challenge is to take an utilitarian area like the mudroom and turn it into an inviting and charming space that is big in style (I love the tongue & groove panels on the ceiling), and A+ on ingenious storage and practical solutions.
Here is Sarah on Mudroom Makeover:
The mudroom is sensational isn't it? I absolutely love the soft robin's egg blue and sandy taupe colors on the walls, and how fresh the space looks with artwork, creamy white on doors, trims/shelves, and the white washed finish on the knotting pine ceiling. Here are a couple of tips I picked up from this week's webisode:
* Dress it up: just because it is a mudroom (generally lower priority in the budget department) doesn't mean that you should pay less attention to your choice of materials or application. In fact, one should pay additional attention to the quality of the doors, hardware, and flooring options when renovating a mudroom because it is such a high traffic area.
Solid paneled doors do not only dampen the noise, they also feel better on hand, and stand a much better chance up against wear and tear. Travertine tiles are 100% natural materials, come in a variety of sizes, and they are in the color of dirt. How perfect is that for a mudroom in our climate! For an extra special finishing touch, consider installing a mosaic tile boarder and voila, you now have a tile carpet right by your door!
* Built-in Look for Less: installing custom built-in at the foyer with shelves and a bench can cost some damage to the wallet. Here is how Sarah injects some serious practical storage/organizational solutions for a charming country look with materials + supplies from Lowes. A couple of high shelves are supported by brackets that mimic vintage corbels and outfitted with sea grass woven baskets as attractive storage. Two prongs hooks installed at various heights to encourage members of all ages to stay organized. A simple DIY bench custom to size offers comfortable seating to put on shoes. The spot underneaths the bench is perfect location to house our favorite shoes and boots.