Mudroom Reno Ideas

I’m hiding a dirty little secret behind this door below. This is the kitchen of my country house in Tweed, Ontario. The door leads from the kitchen to the mudroom, or at least what used to be the mudroom. It used to be an ugly room, with teal-painted plywood shelving and a rotting floor covered with indoor/outdoor carpet. Now it’s gutted and ready for a new life.

But the project has been stalled for 2 years (!) due to reasons too numerous to even begin to explain. But I just got word from our contractor that as soon as he wraps work on Sarah Richardson’s latest TV series (it’s a small world), he will be ready to get to work at our place.

Of course having this long to plan the design means I’ve changed my mind a million times about specific finishes. But one thing is for sure — I’d like the mudroom to be harmonious with my kitchen, shown above. This shot is taken from the mudroom, you can see the door open on the left.

All along the process, reclaimed brick has been the floor of my dreams for this space. But I am tiring of the over-herringbonization of the world so would probably opt for a simple offset installation. That said, I am beginning to warm to the idea of a floor of rough reclaimed wood planks either left raw or with a coat of paint. A good hard-wearing entry carpet should be enough to protect it from the mud and snow that gets tracked in the back door. I’m pretty sure the final decision will come down to our budget.

The space is 12′ by 12′ and needs to be kitted out with several different storage options. Along the north wall I’d like to have very simple open shelving like this. I might put the ugly stuff like garden supplies and sports equipment in baskets.

Or I might sew up some simple curtains to conceal the shelf contents like this. I’d love to find an old reclaimed sink for this space, too. I’m keeping my eyes peeled. And keeping my eye on the budget to determine if plumbing is doable.

I’d also like to relocate some serving pieces from the kitchen to this room, specifically my collection of ironstone platters. I’m no carpenter, but I think I can manage making a plate rack like this one (at Tricia Foley’s Long Island, N.Y. house) myself to add a note of pretty to the space.

For the counter I will either use Ikea’s Numerär oak counters and stain them super dark or just plain lumber topped with zinc. Which do you like better?

The walls and ceiling will all be V-joint pine from Chisholm’s, a local lumber supplier that has been in business since 1857 (warms my heart). I used the same product on the kitchen ceiling, so continuing it in the mudroom makes sense. On the walls I’ll have it installed horizontally.

The V-joint panelling in the kitchen is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Pointing (2003) (top). I’ll probably do the same in the mudroom, though I am also thinking of using Down Pipe (26) (middle) or Calke Green (34) in some way to add a little indoor-outdoor grittiness.

Could this be the room where I finally get to use Colefax & Fowler’s Bowood fabric? Perhaps for a roman blind, or the curtains in front of the shelves? We’ll see. For more design ideas, follow my Mudroom Ideas board on Pinterest.

Photo credits:
1. Margot Austin
2. Donna Griffith via
3. The Girl is Craftee blog
4. Chalon UK
5. Light Locations via Remodelista
6. Tricia Foley via One Kings Lane
7. Stillwater Story
8. Fabulous Home blog
9. Donna Griffith via
10-12. Farrow & Ball
13. Lara Robby/Studio D via House Beautiful

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