Meg and Josh's Mudroom: The Big Reveal

Renovation Diary

The mudroom with built-in bench and board and batten trim.
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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

For all of you good people who have been following along with Meg and Josh's mudroom renovation, the big moment has finally come: all the work is complete, and it's time to take a look at the finished space!

Before: Breakfast nook on the left, closed utility room on the right.
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After: The new space is much lighter and airier, with the breakfast room separated from the mudroom by a half wall.
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From Meg:

Any renovation project is special, but there's something extra special about a DIY renovation project. It may have taken us longer than we had planned and there may have been a few hiccups along the way, but there's nothing quite like seeing the end result and knowing that we did this.

Before: The utility room when Meg and Josh bought the house.
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During: another view of the utility room, after tearing out the cabinets and adding a new door and window.
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After: The utility room turned mudroom, with a laundry closet and a bench at left.
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After: A peek inside the laundry closet.
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While we love absolutely every aspect of our renovation, the laundry closet takes the cake as our favorite addition. Before, the washer and dryer were the first things people would see when they came in the back door - not the ideal first impression. Now the appliances are tucked away inside the closet, hidden from visitors.

It's also made for a much quieter home without hearing the hum of the machines, which have pretty much been running nonstop as of late. Did we mention our OTHER addition? We're now a family of four! Our newest boy arrived shortly after we wrapped up the project.

Before: The old breakfast room, with yucky wood paneling.
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After: The finished breakfast room, with new windows and built-in banquette seating.
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While less exciting than a new baby, the cork floors are another favorite addition. They're warm, comfortable and a beautiful contrast with all the white that's going on. We've definitely heard mixed opinions on the durability of cork, but so far we are more than happy with the choice. One thing's for certain, this rough and tumble crew is sure to put the flooring to the ultimate test, so only time will tell.

The view from the mudroom into the breakfast nook.
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Whether we're eating a meal or just hanging out - the nook is our favorite place for gathering as a family.
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The built-in bookcase with cabinet base hides our computer equipment and showcases our eclectic style.
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We built the bookshelves to be adjustable so we could change out the decor from time to time.
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To say the space has gotten lots of use is an understatement. Between the mudroom, the laundry closet and the kitchen nook - this space is used and abused. Each of the changes that were made had our growing and crazy family in mind, and each has proven itself to be a smart choice. The nook, by far, has gotten the bulk of the use. It's where we work, eat and play together as a family. (So happy to be back to eating our meals at the table instead of the sofa!)

Our little mudroom is the perfect utilization of space.
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And the perfect place to pull on or throw off our rain gear.
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For play, work or more utilitarian needs - is the perfect multi-use space for our family,
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Congratulations, Meg and Josh! Readers, Check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And be sure to join us next week for a full budget breakdown.

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(Images and diary text: Meg Padgett)

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