5 Ways to Get This Look: Whimsical Mudroom

By raise of hands, who wants the following:  a dedicated spot to corral all the chaos of family life (coats, shoes, pool passes, cleats, backpacks, etc.) that manages to be organized, hardworking and pretty all at the same time?  I see that just about everyone raised their hands, so I’m assuming those who didn’t put their hands in the air already have the mudrooms of their dreams.  The rest of us…we’re still dreaming!  And that’s okay, because no matter what your space constraints or storage needs are, I think there’s a way to make even a small space function as a mudroom and look as good as the one pictured below, which was featured when the folks at Young House Love toured the homes at the Richmond Homearama.

Mudroom Feature Pic

A few of the things that appeal to me in this room are the built in storage, the contrast of dark walls with lots of white woodwork, and those unconventional faucets-turned-coat hooks.  I also like the pairing of traditional elements, like the board and batten, with industrial fixtures, like the light and the faucet hooks.  It looks like a mudroom that a real family could love and use day in and day out.

Mudroom Feature Pic numbered

If you’d like to implement some–or all!–of the features of this room in your home, I’ve found five good sources for helping you to DIY a similar projects.  Turns out that the mudroom of your dreams can become a reality, thanks to tips from other bloggers.

Mudroom Collage

1. Industrial Pendant Light

London Like the City diy industrial light

If you like the retro industrial look of the pendant in my inspiration room, then you’ll be thrilled to discover that it’s not hard to replicate that look (or give it a little more color).  London Like the City offers a tutorial for DIYing an almost identical light.

2.  Faucet Coat Hooks

Make It My Own faucet hooks

The neon bright faucet hooks in the mudroom pictured are one of its standout features.  You don’t need access to architectural selvage or a plumber for an uncle to get these for yourself.  Ruffled Sunshine gives you all the details you need to make your own.

3.  Mudroom Bench

Being Home mudroom bench

Being Home shares a tutorial for making a mudroom bench that has plenty of room for storage underneath.  A huge space is not required to make this work.

4.  Board and Batten

Remodelaholic batten spacing tutorial

There are lots of tutorials out there for installing board and batten, but not many that help you figure out spacing of the boards as well as this one from Remodelaholic.  If a wall treatment like this in in your future, make sure you click over!

5.  Chocolate Brown Paint

Beneath My Heart shutter brown

Like the chocolately brown on the walls in this room?  A similar color was used on the walls of a mudroom at Beneath My Heart, and it’s Shutter Brown by Valspar.  Get some great tips for installing board and batten there, too.

I hope you’ve been inspired by all the ways there are to easily DIY a space similar to the pretty and functional room that inspired this post.  So tell me, when you dream about mudrooms, what are the features that you want most?