Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Home Tour: Mudroom/Entryway

When we bought our house 4 1/2 years ago, I could see the potential it had (and still has) to be an inviting, stylish, functional home. Since then, we've been working away at it and have made a lot of cosmetic changes to many of the rooms.

This summer we completed a huge project on the main entrance to our house that was functional as well as cosmetic. We gutted the room, which had rotted paneling, astro-turf carpet, and zero insulation, and turned a messy, ugly mudroom into a pretty, welcoming entryway. We also added a new door to the basement that will allow us to wall off a section where the old door was for a kitchen pantry. That's our next big project! ;)

Here's what the room looked like before/during:

We installed new, bigger windows, a new steel door, new light fixture and added a porch light, insulation, drywall and beadboard, new flooring, hooks and stenciling. Most of the supplies we purchased from Mr. 2nds and got amazing prices - the whole room cost us less than $1000. We also had help from my dad, the master woodworker, making the trim from scratch which saved us a ton of money.

This is what we have now! Hello, beautiful!



Vanessa said...

Hi! I found your blog through the Before and After party and I am loving your blog! This is such a great post and I think you may have solved a dilemma for me...I have been trying to decide whether to paint or wallpaper my mudroom and now I think I may do some stenciling! Thanks so much for the great inspiration and I look forward to seeing more of you in blogland!

P.S. I'm a new follower!
P.P.S. I host a linky party every Friday and would love to have you join us! :-)

Sheri said...

ooooo - i love this entry. i can't believe it's stencils! it looks like really expensive wallpaper. it's great :)

Amy said...

It's beautiful! What paint color is the top? Also - where did you get your stencil? This is exactly the look I was going for in my entryway. Thanks!!!

Melissa said...

Thanks Vanessa! Glad you could find some inspiration here :). I will definitely be over to check out your blog and linky party - thanks!

Thanks Sheri!

Amy, the color is Rhino in Behr. It is the perfect gray. I've used it in my entryway, powder room, and master bedrm I love it so much. The stencils were from Joann Fabrics. Hope that helps!

Laurie Jones said...

What a beautiful transformation!!!

Jess said...

great before and after!!! i keep thinking of stencils for my front hall...i love how yours turned out!