Back to the Mudroom Pt1 (With A Moody Update)

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Three years back, my husband and I kicked off what we thought would be a pretty straightforward mudroom makeover.

Shaking Things Up in the Mudroom

We started by knocking down the wall between the mudroom and breakfast nook, which led to a domino effect of removing drop ceilings, paneling, and other outdated finishes.

We removed a radiator (regretfully), and eventually closed off the original doorway to create wall space in the adjacent pantry. Once the dust settled, we put up new drywall and I dove into installing board and batten—a detail I’ve always envisioned in this space. Then came the bench for shoe storage and plans for a cool checkerboard floor with large vinyl tiles.

But then, we hit a snag: I couldn’t pick a dang color for the floors. Cue the design paralysis. Almost three years worth to be exact🤦🏾‍♀️.

But this past weekend, with a little push from my husband, I decided enough was enough.

I rolled up my sleeves, cleared out the space, and hesitantly started testing paint colors.

Let me tell you, I HATE painting and choosing colors. I know Hate is a strong word, but that’s how strongly I feel about it!

Pro tip: For those who get anxiety going to the paint color, or get frustrated waiting for a clerk at the paint counter, you can order your paint online and pick up at the customer service desk!

After much hemming and hawing, I took a leap and went with something totally out of my comfort zone: Patio Stone by Behr Paint.

It’s this muddy green shade that can’t seem to make up its mind—sometimes it looks green, other times brown, and occasionally even a dark gray. It’s a daring choice I must say, because it’s completely out of my comfort zone, but progress is happening and I couldn’t be happier.

Before: (Don’t let anyone ever tell you that white is suitable for a mudroom!)
After (In progress)
After (In Progress)
After (In Progress)

Now that the paint is *mostly* complete, there’s still a pretty long to-do list:

  • Touch up some paint: Painting this space was a beast—So many nooks and crannies, and it definitely took multiple coats
  • Install baseboards: I never finished installing them the first go around
  • Decide on shoe storage-In the opening where the door used to be I’ve decided to use it as shoe storage, because the storage bench swallows shoes and we forget about them
  • Address the floors-The vinyl tiles will remain but will get a unique paint job.
  • Update lighting(?)-I’m considering changing out the ceiling light and or updating it with some spray paint
  • Create a command center in the niche-where there used to be a window, there is now a little niche that I will use to create a command center for the family
  • Plank the ceiling-Next on our list (once this space is complete) is our enclosed breezeway area, we have plans to add a wood ceiling to it and I think it would be nice for the two spaces to flow
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Love the mood of this space and the brick floors😍

Via @Amberinteriors @shadedeggesphotography

Love the floors and I especially love the letter slots and cabinetry.

Unfortunately I can not find the source for this image, if you know, please let me know so that i can provide proper credit. Thank you.

This was a plan I had in mind for the closet/doorway niche.  But I think I’d prefer it to be closed off.


I have a more inspo pics saved to my my Mudroom Board on Pinterest.  Check it out!


This weekend wasn’t just about painting walls; it was about embracing change and letting go of my fear of making the wrong choice. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the best decisions are the ones that push us out of our comfort zones. And as I stand in my almost-finished mudroom, I can’t help but feel proud of how far we’ve come—and excited for what’s still to come.



  1. Mary
    March 30, 2024 / 10:57 am

    I love the color and the room!

    • madebycarli
      March 31, 2024 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you🥰🥰🥰🥰

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