Inspiration for Meg and Josh's Mudroom

Renovation Diary

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Name: Meg and Josh
Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel
Location: Chinook, Washington
Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet

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Last week we introduced you to Meg and Josh, a couple of intrepid DIYers set on transforming their small Washington State home. They'll be tearing down a wall between their breakfast nook and an existing utility room, and turning the utility room into a multipurpose mudroom space that will serve the whole family. Today, they're sharing their inspiration for the project. Take a look.

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The wraparound banquette seating is cozy and perfect for family meals.

From Meg:

Our style tends to be more traditional. So we're completely gaga for mudrooms and breakfasts nooks with lots of bright white built-in storage and seating and ample natural lighting. We're also not scared of throwing in a bold accent wall or graphic textiles into the mix.

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We're hoping to create the same feeling that this light and bright breakfast nook achieves.

We scoured the internet for design inspiration and drew our plans from there, customizing it to our family's needs. Being the budget-conscious DIYers that we are, we're designing and building everything ourselves (with help from family, of course), but we're not above bringing in a professional when needed.

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This mudroom, by Ketron Custom Builders, is gorgeous and has so many of the details we're wanting to create.

The built-in features of the room will include a laundry/utility cabinet to house our stackable washer and dryer and cleaning items, a bench in both the mudroom and the breakfast nook, and a bookcase in the mudroom. Each will be painted a bright semi-gloss white to create that traditional look we love. For our flooring we've chosen a dark espresso colored cork, which is a perfect contrast with the white built-ins. For the walls, we're leaning towards a beadboard/board and batten combo treatment.

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To keep a sense of separation between the two spaces while still keeping an open and airy feel, we're building a half wall like this one.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week as Meg and Josh discusses the budget for their renovation.

(Diary text: Meg Padgett. Images: 1. House Beautiful, 2. Apartment Therapy, 3. BHG, 4. Ketron Custom Builders, 5. Brides China)