New Year New Room Challenge–Mudroom Reveal

Hey, friends and guests! Today’s the not-so-long awaited reveal of the mudroom for Casa Watkin’s New Year New Room Challenge. This was a fun project for me for a few reasons. First, I had to spend very little out-of-pocket, thanks to Christmas cash from my mom and the nice folks at Lamps Plus and Minted. A big “woohoo!” for that. Second, other than painting and a minor woodworking project, this room was not super labor-intensive. Finally, this was a quick makeover. I like when things are cheap, easy, and quick. (Do what you will with that).

Remember where we started? The room was functional on a basic level but very plain. It was like coming home to a beige box.

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I designed a plan that was pretty and practical (so bad, yet it’s hard not to put that in every post), featuring black doors along with a ready-made locker unit. Please enjoy the poorly edited mock-up one more time.

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical Home

And finally, the after!

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical Home

This is now officially my favorite room in the house, although I say that after every finished project. This time I really mean it. Next is the “before” view from the kitchen.

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical Home


pantry through arch

The before of the pantry door and garage door:

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And the after:

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I love how the black doors showcase the vintage-looking mirror. It’s so lovely and I’m grateful that Lamps Plus provided it to me for this makeover. Here’s a close-up.

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The next before shot is of the corner where we placed the locker unit, Minted artwork, and Shorty’s too-cute-for-words dog dishes.

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical Home

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical Home

I love the bold black and white prints by Jaime Derringer, and notice how we covered up the shuttered drawers with plain wood panels. I thought they looked a little too kitschy beach-cute, and Dallas is nowhere near the ocean. Sadly.

Let’s talk for a moment about the light fixture. Even though it wasn’t part of the original design plan, I prefer the glass bowl and like that it has a modern-schoolhouse look. I had to use a recessed lighting kit adapter to change it out, but that was a pretty simple fix. (Changing light fixtures is one DIY that I don’t mind. Truly.) The kit comes with decorative molding, which I spray painted to match the fixture.

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I’ll be hosting an Instagram giveaway with Lamps Plus beginning tomorrow (1/27/16) so you can win the Charleston Bronze ceiling light for your very own. Again, woohoo!

I discussed my sign crafting fail in last week’s update, but you’d never know by my professional-looking end product. I wound up ordering the vinyl lettering, which was affordable and easy to apply. (Plus I no longer feel like a big crafting failure, thus saving me from a Pinterest-induced self-loathing episode.) Michael and I were married in 1999–the house was built in 2010.

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The rugs were the starting point for the entire makeover. The natural fiber rug provides tons of texture, while the wool rug provides color and pattern. (I’m noticing that nearly every item I’ve used in this room has gone up in price–check the clearance section for similar rugs, since they’ll be a third of the price of mine.)

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical Home

I gave up my dream of a chinoiserie fish bowl planter because they run about $100 for a small one. (Don’t be shy if you have an affordable source–I’ve searched high and low.) I went with a cobalt ceramic planter from At Home. It’s missing the pattern that I wanted, but the color is perfect and it was only $20, so I’m calling it a victory.

Paige in mudroom

I like to show smiling faces using the finished rooms when I can. Claire refused but I can always count on Paige. She wanted to hang her backpack from the hook for the pictures and I had to explain that while it’s totally fine to hang her zebra and hot pink backpack there every other day, picture day was reserved for Mommy’s special blogging props. #keepingitnotreal

mudroom props

I’d like to again thank Minted and Lamps Plus for providing me with blogger swag to keep this project both on time and in budget. (We all know how long these projects take when I’m flying solo. The word “eternity” springs to mind.) Let’s enjoy one last picture before I send you off to see some of the other finished spaces. Half of us are revealing next week (weather delays and whatnot), so you’ll get to enjoy room reveals today and next Tuesday. Sweet.

mudroom from lounge 1

Thanks so much for all of the input on yesterday’s kitchen quandary post. I’m reading through your responses and working on a spreadsheet (in my head) weighing the pros and cons of all the options. Maybe those of you against painting the island are onto something. No painting=genius. I hope you have a great day, and thanks for reading!

*Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chick and Savvy Southern Style*

66 thoughts on “New Year New Room Challenge–Mudroom Reveal

    1. Hi, Blair! The locker unit is holding up really well and we enjoy it a lot. I’d still love to install built-ins but won’t until I’m sure this is our forever home. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  1. I love your mudroom. What color and finish did you paint the walls? Thanks again for all the pictures of your gorgeous rooms.

    1. Hi, Phyllis. The walls are a custom match in eggshell to PPG’s “Horseradish.” It’s a creamy white that works well with warm colors. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. Such a pretty room to come home to. I love all the touches. Can you tell me is the flooring hardwoods or laminate? We are getting ready to replace our builder basic wood flooring and I can’t decide between a high quality laminate or hardwood. We have 2 large dogs to take in to consideration when making a decision. Thoughts?

    1. Hi, Patti. The flooring is solid hardwood, not engineered hardwood. I say that because I had engineered hardwood in another home and don’t think it holds up well to pets. You also can’t refinish it so any damage to the surface is there to stay. I know laminate has seen some big improvements in both quality and appearance in recent years, and it’s definitely pet-friendly. You’ll notice a difference underfoot, though, and I’m firmly in the real hardwood floors camp. If you get a hardwood, it should hold up well to the wear and tear of dogs. Plus, you can’t replicate the warmth real wood provides in a laminate. Best of luck no matter which way you go! 🙂

  3. You nailed it lady! Wish I could pick out a favorite but I love it all! (Sorry I’m slamming you with lots of comments today, I’ve been reading your posts on my phone lately and it’s too hard or maybe I’m too lazy to type on my phone!)
    Have a great weekend!!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! The black doors also serve the important function of hiding my family’s hand-prints. They view doorknobs as decorative, not functional. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

  4. You make me giggle Sharon. I really enjoy reading your posts. The mudroom is amazing! I would totally linger there everytime I walked in. It looks so high-end , curated, and interesting. You are so talented at mixing styles, patterns, and colors. Can I come over?

    1. You would love black doors!!! It was much easier than I thought–didn’t even have to take the doors off the hinges (thank goodness–they’re solid and weigh a ton). So excited to see your bedroom! I’m counting on you to motivate me to take our master off the “someday” list. 🙂

  5. Absolutely fantastic Sharon!!!!!! LOVE IT ALL! The art prints are perfect touch of contemporary feel to a traditionally comfortable space! I adore that lighting and can’t wait to join the giveaway !!!! Great job as always dear!

    1. Thanks, Vel! I’m a contemporary art junkie and love pairing it with my traditional stuff. I think I’ve figured out how to host an IG giveaway (seriously–had to look that up) so fingers crossed for you!

    1. Thanks, Corinna! I’ve had lots of luck with the FLFs I’ve picked up at Home Depot. The only one that struggled was the one I ordered online–not sure if H.D. does that anymore. Can’t wait to see your finished hallway!

    1. Hi, Melissa! The paint is Sherwin-Williams All Surface Enamel, acrylic latex satin, low sheen in Tricorn Black. I was really happy with how easy it was to apply and that it seemed to have self-leveling properties, which is why the finish looks so smooth. I used a roller and brush that were suggested by the employee at the paint store. Also, before you paint any trim or doors you’ll need to know if your current paint is oil or latex–they’ll ask at the paint store since you can’t mix applications. Here’s an article explaining how and why to test. Thanks for dropping by!

  6. Hi – this is SO pretty – great transformation. Did you mention what brand/color/finish of black paint you used, and if not, would you share? Thank you!

    1. Hi, Cindy! The paint is Sherwin-Williams All Surface Enamel, acrylic latex satin, low sheen in Tricorn Black. You’ll want to check if your existing paint is latex or oil-based before you paint any trim or doors, since you don’t want to put latex on top of oil. It won’t stick. Thanks for dropping by!

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I love adding black whenever I can–I like the bit of drama it gives. Otherwise, I like my life drama-free. 😉

    1. Thank you, Mary! I love plants and have them all over the house. They’re my not-so-secret designing weapon for making a room look instantly better. Shorty is always happy, but I do think his happiness level experienced a dramatic uptick when he saw his new bowls!

    1. Thanks, Laura Jo! This was a fun project and sets the direction for the rest of the house. I’m looking forward to getting out of bedroom makeovers for a little while!

  7. Now I want to paint every door in my house black. I don’t think I could get Paul on board though.

    I got a blue and white fish bowl (I didn’t even know that is what it was called until I saw your mock up) with stand years ago at Garden Ridge. Google tells me they rebranded to At Home in 2014, which tells you I haven’t been there in a long, long time. I can’t say for sure, but I seem to recall it being about $35. Unfortunately, I don’t see it on their website so it seems they went away along with the name. Mine is in the dining room and even though snake plants are supposed to tolerate low light it’s currently empty because I managed to kill one yet again.

    1. If it helps you in your quest, Michael wasn’t feeling the black doors either but he’s a convert now. I called At Home before I went there to get the cobalt planter and they said they didn’t have any in stock, but I think that will change as spring gets closer. I’ll periodically check HomeGoods, too. How do you kill a snake plant?! I bought one for the living room but haven’t repotted it yet.

  8. Oh man! Wow wow!!!! Yes, NO zebra backpack LMAO!!! I really like everything you picked for this room. The black doors really make a statement and the pops of greenery are so great! Well done! Sharing.

    1. Thanks, Sara! My whole family is now getting used to the crazy blogging antics and find them endearing (maybe???). Watch me paint all the doors black now because I love it so much! 🙂

  9. I would have never thought to paint the doors black, but I will add the doors to the list of best design decisions. The room looks great!

  10. FINALLY…you have been teasing me for so long! I love it, i love it, i love it! The EST 1999 looks perfect above the cabinet and that fig tree….is that real? I need one in my life!

    1. Thanks, Jess! You’re the second person to ask if the tree is real! Yes, it’s real–I dig through all of them at Home Depot until I find the right size and shape. I’m sure I drive the employees crazy when I move the plants all over the place trying to find the right one. If you can find them at HD you’ll spend a lot less than you would at a specialty nursery. Ours has them for $16 (shrub style) and $29 (tree style).

  11. We have a lot of recessed lights in our house in fact everywhere. I have toyed with th idea of changing some of them out to light fixtures. Did you do that one yourself? The can lights seem so like the name “can” ugly and boring!

    1. Yes, I changed the light myself. You’ll probably have an easier time since your house probably has the can attached with springs. Mine have these industrial wing-clamps and I had to use an extra-long screwdriver to pry it down. There’s a video tutorial from the Westinghouse company that shows how to use the kit. You can find them in Home Depot for around $16.00. The hardest part was drilling the bracket through the light casing (this will make sense when you watch the video). The whole process took around 45 minutes.

  12. Love it Sharon!!! The rugs are great, the new lighting, and the attention to detail is wonderful! Fabulous job. You are too funny with Paige. My son has started photo bombing and it’s easier to explain to him that I need a picture of the room. My daughter, on the other hand, will not move until I take her picture, 3 year olds!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! You have the opposite problem of me. I don’t ever want to be in the pictures and soon the girls won’t want to either. Looks like it’s up to Shorty, and he moves around too much!

  13. girl what’s not to love? ’cause I love it all! the painted doors, the new storage piece, and the light! pure genius. I never win anything but i’m hoping to win me that light! I have a can light in my entry that I would love love love to replace. its been on my list for like evah and this could be the year it converts 😉

    1. Thanks, Nancy! I never win anything, either, but I did win some pillowcases the other week. Random, I know, especially without the sheets to go with them. Free is free, though. Claire had to explain to me how to host an IG giveaway. Between her and Google I think I’ve got it figured out.

  14. I love this so, so much! That light fixture is really so good in the space and the layered rugs are also still a favorite. Is that a real FLF (fiddle leaf fig, OBVIOUSLY–though this should be a standard design acronym by now I think, ha!)? It’s like a 100% perfect specimen, either way! Maybe you’ll come across a steal on chinoiserie planter some day, but the cobalt is darling also. Wonderful job! This space looks totally refreshed and charming!

    1. Thanks, Brittany! Yes, the FLF (great idea, btw) is real. The Home Depot associates love me because I will move each plant out onto the floor and look at them all before I commit to one. They always offer to help but I don’t want to drag them into my OCD world and I tell them I’ll put them all back. I think when the weather warms up I’ll have a better chance with the planter.

  15. I’d love to walk into that space everyday, and have it happily welcome me home. The before-after shot is really stunning and shows just how huge of a transformation you made. Wow! I’m so inspired, now I’m daydreaming of my own entryway styling changes! They might just end up happening sooner than I planned! (Let’s keep that between us, and not tell my husband eh?) Haha!

    1. Thank you, Iris! I was proud of myself for remembering to take before shots from each angle this time–I’ve learned it makes for a much better reveal. I know you’ll come up with a gorgeous entryway, and I promise I won’t breath a word to your husband. 🙂

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