Hey friends! Today I am just sharing a quick post about our “mini-mudroom” makeover in the side entryway. A few years ago I shared this space after I had added peel and stick flooring to create faux shiplap:
When we moved in shiplap was just getting popular, but my husband and I weren’t ready to commit to real shiplap. The peel and stick flooring was great for a quick and easy refresh.
After several years, the peel and stick flooring was no longer sticking and many of the pieces were bowing. It was fine for a couple of years, but the faux treatment just didn’t hold up in such a busy area.
The faux shiplap covered 1980’s wall paper and camoflauged a bowed wall, so it was great for a “temporary” fix until we decided what we really wanted to do with the space.
I did use the absolute cheapest dollar store vinyl flooring in the entry, but I did the same kind of faux treatment in the dining room as an accent wall using more expensive vinyl flooring with wood grain pattern and it has been much more durable.
Instead of installing real shiplap for the mini-mudroom entry, we are going with traditional historic style beadboard! Currently, my brother is adding real wood beadboard paneling from floor to ceiling, board and batten details, and beautiful crown molding, similar to the inspiration photo above. It is going to be so pretty!
The kitchen is just off to the left of the entry landing, so we really wan to tie in the 1920’s style and character of the kitchen to the side entry too. The beadboard in the entryway will be the same as the beadboard in the kitchen. We are currently looking for the perfect I am checking out different neutral whites and classic paint colors that will flow with the rest of our home. The goal is to find a neutral off-white or antique ivory paint that is similar to the creamy white kitchen, but with a little warmth of the ivory walls in the living room.
I am still thinking about what to do with the flooring. There is hardwood under the peel and stick faux tile linoleum at the doorway entry, original hardwood stairs and hardwood flooring on the landing, and the original hex tile in the powder room which can be seen from the landing when the bathroom door is open.
I want to make sure there isn’t “too much going on” with clashing patterns. I have some flooring ideas which I will share in part two of this mini-mudroom makeover later this week.
In reality, this entry does serve as a “mini-mudroom.” My kitchen herb garden is just outside the door, so I am always dropping my muddy boots here in the entry. Our 1920’s powder room is just to the right of the door which is great for popping in to wash my hands while gardening. There is also a large original coat closet directly behind where I was standing when this picture was taken. There is an original laundry shute which leads to the laundry room in the basement down the stairs from the powder room landing.
Future Mudroom Plans
This fall or next spring we are planning on extending our patio and enclosing a portion of the patio to create a mudroom entry into a sun porch style living room. This photo is exactly how I envision the entry.
Our current patio isn’t very useful so I am hoping to cover a small part of the porch to serve as a mudroom entry. I definitnitely want lots of windows to be able to interact with nature, (mainly my herbs and plants on the patio!) I also want a French door to lead to the patio so I have been checking out sliding and french patio door options that incorporate practicality, efficiency, and functionality.
When all is said and done, it’s all about utilizing the spaces we have better than we currently are. I am tired of tripping over soccer cleats (and my own gardening boots! We also plan to put a washer and drier in the new mudroom (first floor), as it is getting a little hard for me to carry laundry from the basement to the second story bedrooms on a daily basis. For right now however, I am just concentrating on finding ideas for small mudroom organization for the mini-mudroom makeover, which should be finished up in the next two weeks! Be sure to keep watching for updates or subscribe by email so you don’t miss a post.
(For more mudroom ideas, check out my post, Eight Great Mudrooms.)
Do you have an organized mudroom or designated entry area that is organized? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visting today!