June 20, 2017
It’s hard to even remember what the foyer looked like when we first moved in…so I saved all the before pictures just so that we could see the DRAMATIC change. I mean…it’s night and day! We knew the second we saw this closet before we even got the house that we wanted to turn it into a mudroom. I knew I personally wanted a really bright, open and minimal vibe to the whole house.
To recap Part 1 of this post, when we first moved in we immediately ripped up the carpet and the tile all throughout the house except for the bedrooms. We installed this beautiful light Pergo floor and also installed new baseboards throughout. The week we moved in we ripped out the closet doors because I would rather stare at an empty closet than the monstrosity that is those bifold doors.
After viewing a bunch of different mudrooms we got excellent instructions from this blog, and my hubby went to work (see all of that in Part 1). Once the bones were done it was my turn to go in and start designing a color scheme, detail and furniture. The first thing I got for the foyer was that gorgeous stone table and that pretty much decided how the rest of the design would go. I wanted to keep our house cozy and inviting, but also have modern elements and simple lines.
I actually bought three different mirrors to go on the wall above the table until I finally decided a clean gallery wall would look better. So I ordered the frames from West Elm and added things we had around the house to temporarily take up the table space. I randomly found those beautiful faux flowers on a sale at a craft store before we even started the space, this fit perfectly since it adds so much height and a different texture.
After that area was finished I went back to focusing on the color scheme and design of the mudroom. I painted the walls Extra White by Sherwin Williams which initially I regretted because it gave off some blue tones, but then I decided to get Natural Tan by Sherwin Williams for the actual closet and that really warmed everything up. I didn’t prime the wood at all, honestly out of sheer laziness and only filled the nails holes and sanded those areas…so prep work was pretty minimal. At this point I decided I wanted to add over the wainscoting, a board and batten style detail. Even though it won’t stand out too much…I really like the different heights going on and it made everything not look so flat.
Ornans coworker then came and quickly (I mean seriously he was so fast!) added the side trim and the crown above the closet and that was the final little touch that really made the design pop. The bottom baskets will be for all of our shoes so I don’t have to stare at a mangled variety of shoes everywhere, honestly I’m not in love with them. They are a little to farmy, white picket fency for me, but Ornan really liked them so we’re keeping them!
There are still details that we haven’t finished, like I will be added some decorative hooks to the closet, changing out the pendant light, adding a rug, and more pillows, but I wanted to get up the major before and after for you guys!
Such a huge difference right?! I’m officially obsessed with DIY.
Let me know what you guys think of the makeover in the comments and I’ve linked below where you can find some of the items!
Throw Pillows: Amazon
Welcome Mat: Target (sold out but click for similar)
Gold Orbs: Target
Picture Frames on Wall: CB2
Everything else was one offs from Home Goods and T.J. Maxx!!