7.22.2008

A Wicked Awesome Mud Room




We live in the Northeast. As anyone who lives in this part of the country knows, mud rooms are essential. When we bought our house last year it didn't have a mud room. It still doesn't have a mudroom, but when we first saw the house we had a brainstorm. We could make a built-in mud "area". There was a random closet just inside the back door and another closet that seemed to be out of place in the room behind so we thought that we could just open them both up and make a six foot long mud bench. We found out the hard way that wouldn't be possible due to an airvent that ran up between them. So we just converted the closet by the back door into a mudbench. The other closet will become a built-in computer desk. But that is a story for another day.

I tell you the mud bench was one of the best things we've done since we moved in. And it's sooo cute too! The hubby built it by lining the interior with bead board - one of my favorite things. He left a cubby at the bottom for a basket that holds our shoes. I am still looking for the perfect basket, so for now we are using a laundry basket. Aargh! But I made a fun little sign with a chalkboard that I purchased at Michael's Craft. I drilled a couple of holes in the top...added some great check ribbon...and voila! the ugly laundry basket is not so bad anymore!















The cushion was made with an old crib mattress. I took the plastic cover off and sawed the thing in half using a trick that I saw on HGTV...I used an electric carving knife! Why not? Heaven knows it nevers gets used on a turkey or anything like that. Then I sewed a fun little cover using check fabric and $3.99 linen from Joann's. I added the ruffle along the top seam to give it a more custom look. The cute bumblebee pillows are an old IKEA find but they looked perfect!! (I just love bees...they're so french...and so Martha!) The basket was a lucky find at Christmas Tree Shops! (For those of you who aren't on the East Coast I truly mourn that you don't have Christmas Tree Shops...they are wonderful...and affordable!)














Then because only one of my children can read, I added tags with their photos so they would know which hook was theirs. This was a fun and easy project...I just printed the photos out...didn't even bother to use photo paper...pasted them on some card stock..."laminated" them using clear contact paper and tied more check ribbon through the top. Then I thumbtacked them to the crown moulding. Yes, I did say thumbtacks! But at least they're clear and not multi-colored.





All in all, not a bad little project. As they say in these parts...it's wicked awesome!~

36 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love this!!!! So cute and super creative. I think I would use it as a nice little 'time out' spot too. What a great blog. Can you talk more about curtains sometime? I need help...

Monica said...

Wow, this is adorable! Great blog and FINALLY, a use for my electric carving knife. Thanks!

Jillinda said...

I love this mud room. You obviously are a great seamstress. How do you keep your little munchkins from running off with the baskets and dumpin our the shoes. :)

Mindy said...

I just discovered you through the crafty crow. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this mudroom idea!!! I don't have one either but alas no closet either near any entrance in fact no closet like that at all unless I do it in our bedroom -- not so practical. I'll be checking in often!

Mindy said...

Sorry it was today's creative blog not the crafty crow -- I officially read way too many blogs!

Firefly Photo Jewelry said...

You are killing me with your cuteness!

Mrs. Jones said...

Is it tough to sew a ruffle like that?

Are you from MA? That's where I heard "wicked awesome" quite a few times. ;-)
~Heather

Traci said...

How cute is that!! Such a great idea....show us more of your house...especially the kitchen. Great blog!

Connie said...

This is great!

You are making me love bees!

Chelsea Van Tol said...

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!!! I want a little mud area like that soo badly. I have to blog about this!

Domestic Accident said...

When we bought our first house in Maine, I didn't buy one with a mud room. I grew up in California and just didn't know. Our 2nd (and final) house, I wouldn't even look at a house without a mudroom. It is essential. And yours is so cute. I love the beadboard.

Allie said...

This is fantastic! What a wonderful idea!

Jen B said...

Great idea, love how all the elements came together! Are the hooks from IKEA too? Oh, and my 11 year old daughter just learned the phrase 'wicked pissa' last week (yes, in MA, just moments away from a Christmas Tree Shop : ) )

Christie said...

LOVE this idea! just found your blog via ohdeedoh & loving it!

Sarah S said...

This just got on my to-do list. Thank you so much for sharing!

MommySecrets said...

Wow - so creative, so functional & so cute!

bluebonnetstopeaches said...

Super cute! Thanks for posting all the pictures, we just bought a new home and I'm going to be turning a closet into our "mud area." It looks like our closet spaces are about the same size!

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

What a creative way to use a smaller space! It turned out beautifully.

imadramamama said...

This is shear genius!! I just bookmarked this for ideas for our new home!

Jeni said...

This is a very creative idea!! Thank you for sharing such an innovative method to having a mudroom!

Jeanette said...

Love this idea, if we didn't rent this house I would be doing this to my front closet. It's in an obnoxious place and really a pain to get into, it would work much better as a mud bench!

Emily said...

It really is an awesome mudroom! You deserve the mention! I am trying to figure out how I can do this in my house.

Made To Organize said...

You know, if the basket fits well in the cubby below the bench, you could create a "slip cover" of sorts out of some coordinating fabric and a little hot glue. Just a thought. :)
~audrey

Ms. Tee said...

You are so creative - I love this. I want a mudroom now, and it hardly ever snows in Georgia. :)

The Masked Mommy said...

I posted today about my mudroom that was directly inspired by yours. I wouldn't have it if you hadn't posted this. Just thought you should know ;-)

Attiq Ur Rehman said...

I really like this idea and i am happy to visited your blog and found it here. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. Your post is really nice.Keep up the good work.
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Cori said...

How much fun I am having going through your blog. I can't believe you were featured in CREATIVE HOME! I was a HUGE fan and have every single issue filed safely away. I was so devastated to see them end...I just pray there is something just as inspiration for us in the wings...I think you blog is a good consoloation for me while missing some of those great publications...

Sarah said...

I never knew this was YOU!!! I have that pic cut out and put in my "Maybe someday binder"! I've been chickening out...you can see my closet from the front door and I'm afraid of what it will look like after 5 kids destroy it! STILL, I just love it!

robyn said...

I am in love love LOVE with your mini-mudroom! I think I'd give my left arm for a mudroom but unfortunately, we don't even have a closet we can convert! YOURS looks SPECTACULAR!

Brunch at Saks said...

I cannot get over how great this looks! Definitely one of my most favorite posts I've ever seen! I'm bookmarking it so I can look back when we move into our new house. Thanks for the great inspiration XOXO

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

That is wicked awesome. What a great use of space.
Thanks for sharing.
Brooke

Renee said...

Hi, I love your idea. You could put a little tension curtain rod down at the lower cubby, make a homemade mini curtain that matches your fabric from the cushion so it is a skirt to hide the basket or storage area below. Just a thought. It's been awhile since you posted this idea, and maybe you could do a mini makeover on your mudbench! =)

Talysa said...

I love this...and would love to know the color of your walls. :-)

- Brittany said...

An oldie, but a goodie! I always kept your mudroom in the back of my mind while I was thinking about what I needed in ours. Luckily we had more room.

Saw you linked up to at TLC. Thanks for sharing!!!

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Sarah Biz Dixon said...

Wow! This is such a great idea, and I love the way you accomplished it. I am going to link this to my blog www.BizBudgetDesigns.com as it is totally worth sharing!

Sarah Biz Dixon

moonsword said...

Found you through TCB...this project is squealingly cool! Thanks for the idea!