As the main entrance of the house, as well as being in eyesight from the kitchen, Sarah's mudroom was her dirty little secret that she wasn't really able to keep a secret. But after 5 years living with her entryway as an eyesore, she finally decided to tackle the project. Since she lives close to the water, it wasn't a stretch that she decided on a nautical theme for the room.
After emptying out the collection of junk that had accumulated over the years, the mudroom looked twice as big. The old shelving was taken down and the wood paneling was painted with Benjamin Moore Simply White. Sarah added two wood folding chairs that she said inspired the idea for the nautical theme. A wire basket stows the kids shoes and 8 boat cleats, picked up at a ship supply store, serve as hooks for bags and other belongings. The old nautical rope she picked up at the same store inspired her to spell out "ahoy" as a welcoming message on one wall and "bon voyage" above the exit door. The room was topped off by using the remaining rope as a border along the molding. The new space is bright, organized and airy — a drastic improvement from the old drab and cluttered mudroom!