The mudroom I want is in our previous house. Did you know we moved three blocks after living two years in a house one of us did not love? We stayed in the same neighborhood; we just moved to a home with a finished basement, larger lot and tucked inside a cul-de-sac. And, I have had mudroom envy for the garage entry ever since.
When I told my husband I wanted to move he said if I found a home in our neighborhood with those three features he would be on board. Never in a million years did he expect my news after a Bunko game.
My dream house (brownstone in the suburbs) home was on the market.
And, the ONLY thing I missed in our two-year-old house, just three blocks away, was our DIY mudroom off the garage door entry. It was the closest thing to organized chaos and I loved it. Why it took us almost 20 years to recreate a mudroom? Because we had just replaced all the carpet that our Berner rescue (Elliott) used for his potty breaks during our kitchen renovation. So the view from the garage entry now looks like this.
I guess while raising three kids and spending weekends at ski school and tennis tournaments- a sliding closet door and a bench was good enough.
And, almost twenty years later, with the kids in college some things remain the same; ski bags, mittens, hats, bags, shoes, tennis racquets, and dog leashes. So yes I really want a functional mudroom off our garage entry door.
This month, we are making plans to convert a closet, with sliding doors, into a functional mudroom off our garage entry door.
Elliott is facing the garage entry door in the grainy photo below. Chloe is right behind him.
It is not lost on us that as soon to be empty nesters (unless I foster a baby), we finally have the time to build a mudroom that will house the ski gear, helmets and 15 pairs of mismatched gloves. Because guess what we discovered? The kids always leave the bulky stuff at mom and dad’s house.
But, now our dogs, Chloe and Elliott, will finally get a place for their dog leashes. I could easily become that crazy dog lady!
So like many of us who can’t imagine a space without a little help, I turned to Pinterest to fuel my mudroom envy.
Mudroom Envy for the Garage Entry
This is the mudroom that most resembles our former mudroom. You can find the details on Chelsea’s blog here. I fell in love with her curls too!
Next up I found this mudroom for inspiration. It has a few of the same issues as our space; it was located off the garage entry.
This next mudroom is similar to ours in that there is no natural light. The dark cabinets and bench make it look so modern.
I love everything about this next mudroom from Pinterest. That light fixture is amazing! And, I wish I had a door with natural light. Technically, if the garage door is open, there is natural light…
Having just finished our kitchen and basement bar and floors I think my husband will lose his mind if I ask about cabinets and drawers.
Okay, this next mudroom is a favorite. It was from either BH&G or This Old House. I found it on Pinterest. Again, it is probably a budget buster, but it looks like no one even lives there, right?
This one is more my speed, but we have no natural light and I don’t love the mismatched wood tones. Thoughts?
This is another favorite and the firewood might be the reason. The stained bench against the white does not bother in this mudroom entry.
This next one is more like an entry foyer, but this is what I am thinking for my mudroom- just double the width. Check out the molding above the space?
And, finally, there is always Pottery Barn.. but the entire system, by my calculation, was over $3k.
Which my practical side reminds me this space is for me and my dogs. As long as they have access to the garage door to their wiggle their way into our cars for errands they are happy.
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