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Monday, March 7, 2011

Finishing Touches

This weekend my goal was to finish the mudroom.  It was basically done, but there were some finishing touches still needed.

For starters, I spent much of the weekend looking for a new runner for the mudroom.  I searched tons of internet sites and looked in every local store I could think of.  I had already checked in Target, however we have four different Targets in our immediate area, so I decided to check a different one...and there it was, the perfect area rug...and it came in a runner!!  It had all the right colors, plus it wasn't too light (remember 90% of my guests enter through my side door - go figure) and it wasn't too dark.
Another bonus, the price was better than anything else I had seen that would have worked.  It was $89.99 (certainly not cheap), but it's a real wool rug.  I can attest to how heavy it is...I carried it all through the mall after buying it.


The next thing I needed was a bench.  I went to Lowe's to buy the materials to make a bench.  However, once I gathered everything I needed including the legs, the wood top, the piece to attach the legs, the foam, the batting, the fabric and the nail head trim - it was going to cost close to $100.  So I decided to go home and shop my home.  That's what I literally did - I walked around my house seeing if there was anything I had that I could either make into a bench or that would work.
I found these two benches in my finished basement under a parsons table I have at the foot of the staircase.  Nobody, and I really mean nobody, ever sits on these.  These are old - we bought them for our first apartment 18 years ago.  I had recovered the cushions a few years back.  The fabric works perfectly in the new mudroom.  They are also very petite - measuring only 20" x 14" each for a total of about 42" x 14" when they are put together.  Our mudroom is not very wide, so 14" is just perfect.  Most benches are 17" or larger which was why I was going to make a custom bench.  These will work so well, and  since they were already in the house, they won't effect the bottom line cost of this project.
The last thing I needed was some decorative hooks.  I found these at Lowe's.  They weren't in the regular hook department...they were in the closet aisle.  I love them.
Using blue tape, I tried several different configurations.  First I tried an even distribution throughout the wall of board and batten.  My concern was it seemed sort of dangerous to have a hook right above the benches as well as it being totally impractical - no one is going to hang their coat on the hook if it's going to get in the way of the bench, right?
So I ultimately decided on four in a row, centered between the battens, closest to the side door.  Now jackets can be hung without any interference.
Here it is...the completed mudroom.  You can go here to see where this whole renovation began.  I'm thrilled with the outcome.  Let me know what you think of all the finishing touches.  I always love and appreciate your comments.

-Judy



63 comments:

melismama said...

Judy, awesome job. Love the colors, very cheery!

Make it Simple said...

WOW!!!
Great job! I love it and want to start remodeling too. :)

laxsupermom said...

Love the finishing touches! That rug is perfect! And a wool rug for less than $100 is a great price, too. Love the bench, especially love that you shopped your home for it. Thanks for sharing.

Sonia said...

Very nice...I'm in the process of "redoing" my laundry room and needed some inspiration!! Love your mud room the molding and trim with hooks..pretty and functional! Beautiful rug and space to enter your home! Great job repurposing your wicker benches!!

Miss Bloomers

Scarlette said...

Love the new runner. It works great! I also love the fabric on the cushions. Well done!

Pam said...

Hi Judy,

What a beautiful mudroom! I love the new rug! The board and batten is so nice in here. I love the hooks and those benches. Great job!

I'm so glad you came by my blog so I could find yours!

Have a great day.
Pam

Terri said...

Hello Judy,

That rug is PERFECT for the space.... It has just a touch of color in keeping with your neutral palette. Love the coat hooks as well. A beautiful entryway!

Martina said...

Judy what a perfect rug for in there. I love the colors, and how lucky you were to have those benches with fabric that fits in beautifully! Martina

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

I'm so glad you found a rug that would work in your space. I love the one you picked - colors and pattern are just perfect. What a great way to use a "bench" you already had. What a great project.

Amanda said...

The mud room looks amazing, I love when you can reuse items from around the home, extra cash to spend on something fabulous!!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

it looks so fresh and pretty! what a great job and on a budget too!!

Jami said...

That is too beautiful to call a "mud" room! I love it. The board and batten it bee-autiful!!!

Shelia said...

Looks wonderful! I adore you pretty new rug and the bench is so darling! I'm not jealous, nope not a bit! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Heather said...

This looks great! I love the new rug!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

The rug is perfect! What a beautiful room!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Gorgeous! Love that rug. And the benches are just perfect.

.Amelia.Bedelia. said...

Wow! I love the sleek, clean look!- It's gorgeous!

Happy Monday! ~Amy
http://amy-showalter.blogspot.com

Ivy said...

Love everything about this room!
The rug is perfect, the benches are perfect, the hooks and placement are perfect.
Love the way the rug & bench colors work together.
It's inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

At The Picket Fence said...

Wow Judy! That rug is gorgeous and I can't believe that you were able to shop your own home to find the most perfect "bench" for that space! I went back to look again and where the mudroom started and you truly have transformed the space into something light and bright and so welcoming (not that it wasn't welcoming before!). :-) Great job!
Vanessa

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Judy, this looks awesome! I love the benches that you found in your basement...they look perfect! Beautiful room!

Jodie said...

Beautiful transformation! Love the new runner! You've created such a welcoming space!

Jodie

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! Judy this room looks spectacular. Great choice on the beautiful rug as well. I love it!

Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Hi Judy... thanks for visiting and becoming a follower. I'm looking forward to following you, too! Your entry looks great! We're a side-door entry kind of home, too :)

Sarah said...

Love it! Looks so pretty and inviting!!

Sarah
http://craftingandcreativity.blogspot.com/

southernhomesweethome said...

love it! It really looks clean and neat.. so Martha .. I may steal a few ideas.. thanks for the visit.. just joined your great blog.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Hi Judy! Looking good there girl. I love that rug, and what a nice touch the bench is. You have one awesome mud room!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I'm now following you, too!
I agree that the spacing of the hooks makes sense, both safety wise and not crowding the bench. The new rug is gorgeous, and really suits the space. Great job!

I love our board and batten in the kitchen and I'm moving on to the basement stairs now. We are fortunate to have a second floor laundry (beside the bedrooms), but totally lacking a nice mudroom like yours. I'm making do by adding hooks in the basement stairs for the boys hoodies and barn jackets that never seem to get hung up in the entry closet. Function over beauty in this case. I'm off to see more of your blog now. Take care!

Jennifer said...

Love the rug you decided on! This looks great :)

{Peppermint Plum} said...

This looks great! I love how bright it is. And the hooks and the seats, just perfect. :)

-Annie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow - love what you've done to the mudroom! The rug is just perfect, and the free benches in the basement...what more could you ask for! You did a wonderful job - it's magazine-worthy. I'm going to add my name as a follower! Linda

Becca said...

I absolutely love this! And, the new rug from Target is a huge score! The colors are fabulous ... it was meant to be in your fun space! The benches are perfect, too. (Don't you love when you can go shopping in your own home?) The hooks are perfect, too ... such a bright, cheery and functional space. I'm your newest follower, too. :) Becca

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Oh Judy! Your mudroom is fabulous, and I am really loving the Target runner! Those hooks are fantastic too! What a great job!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a great job! And that carpet is so lovely.

A Vintage Vine said...

Great rug! Love the whole room, it really came together well! Bet you are glad it is done!

passionfruitprincess said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Your blog is lovely! You are very talented. I am following you back.
Ana Paula.

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Judy, Love the mudroom ... and I looked at your "before" post ... big change. Love the rug. Thanks for visiting from the follow party ... I'm following you, too ... so I can swipe some neat decorating ideas from you! Thanks for sharing.

Nan @ Playful Decor said...

Hi Judy, thank for visiting my blog, Playful Decor! I'm glad I found you - or you found me! -and look forward to reading more. Your mud room looks great! Your wall color is similar to the color we did in our master bath (light blue/aqua). Have a great week!

babe said...

Love that rug! Tried to convince my husband to get the area version for our living room. He's pretty anti-floral, so 40 sq ft of it in the living room was a little much for him :D

Jamie said...

I really love what you've done with your mud room. It looks so dreamy! Thanks for following me! I'm returning the love.

Erin said...

Beautiful mud room! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/
Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

Heaven's Walk - said...

Lovely, Judy! Love the lightness, the soothing colors, and that rug is perfect! Great job!

xoxo laurie

Tara @ FabuLESSly Crafty said...

Wow Judy!! It look fantastic! Love the Rug :)

Glad to be following you back and seeing all the wonderful new things you do!

♥Tara
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Tracy H. said...

I HEART your mudroom! I would never want any "mud" in there! LOL It's awesome. You really have a keen eye for design. I'm a new follower. Can't wait to view your past and future posts!

Jodi said...

Love the new rug!! I think you found the perfect one...dark enough to not get ruined ny foot traffic, but with a great pop of color that adds a little flair to the space. Good job!

Piorra Maison said...

I would just die to have a mudroom. especially in winter when my 4 legged friends keep going in and out. Nice touches. I am your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more.
Bonne Journée
Caroline

the cape on the corner said...

that looks fantastic! i love how light and airy the room is, and your runner and found seating is perfect!

queenbee1994 said...

The rug looks great in your space and I love that you were able to shop your house and found exactly what you need, way to be thrifty. I'm a new follower from SJ's blog.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Everything turned out fabulous.

Heidi said...

I loooove the rug and I ALso love all things target

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Bianca @ Walnut Avenue said...

LOVE the new runner - I am thinking of something like this for my office! Thanks for popping into my blog today - I would be delighted to join your linky party!! Looking forward to it and seeing all the wonderful creations... Happy to be follower #523 :)

Tammy @ Type A said...

looks beautiful. i love the colors and the board and batten! wonderful job. thanks for sharing at my party!

Shayna said...

I love the little hooks you added, I will have to pick some up myself! I found you at homemaker on a dime and I am your newest follower! I also have a blog and would love for you to check it out @ http://shaydesoflife.blogspot.com
Thanks! -Shayna

Madigan at madiganmade said...

What a light, bright space. Love the color, the B&B!

Becolorful said...

Amazing how just changing out the rug gave this pretty space such a different vibe. Love it all. Thanks for sharing at Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

Rhonda Jones said...

Great job with your mudroom!! Thanks for sharing!!
rhonda :-)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Your mudroom is indeed an eye-candy! So beautiful.

Btw, thank you for joining in our Swap Followings Linky party and helping make it a success! Hope you join us again next month :)

Jori said...

It looks fantastic! You did a great job! I love the hooks!

Steph said...

fantastic project, it looks so crisp and clean. I especially love your benches. Isn't it so satisfying when you can repurpose things you already own?!

this blessed nest said...

holy moly!

everything is fantastic. love it all. you must be so proud. you deserve every one of these comments. it's gorgeous!

thanks for linking up to the SPRING FLING!

have a super weekend.
kellie

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful details, Judy! I love this space! So light and welcoming!

Thanks for sharing in the DIY project parade. ;)

Have a lovely week!

Roeshel

Robin said...

love it! I'm featuring this great DIY Wednesday on All Things Inspired!
xo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise said...

That came out fabulous!! Mud rooms are so necessary are so efficient to have as part of a home. I love the board & batten, with the hooks. Nice job.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



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