There are a few rooms in our house that leave something to be desired. One of these is the mudroom on the back of the house. We lovingly call it “the shed”. It really is a shed that they stuck to the back of our house at some point in it’s life. I love wood accents, you know I do. But the cedar walls are so dated, especially with the faux-marble tile, octagonal windows and boring beige doors.
It’s a small room. Only 10×15′ maybe (I confess I have never measured it). I do like the wood paneling on the peaked ceiling. I think it has potential. Eventually we want to make it our laundry room. But moving our water and dryer exhaust are a project for another year. In the mean time, I think we could spruce the room up for under $1000.
So here is the tentative plan. This winter I’m going to get some quotes to have the room dry-walled. I’m still debating on leaving the ceiling the wood paneled. We have already replaced the windows (see below). I’m thinking painting the walls a soft sea glass blue green would really make that room feel bigger and so fresh. Here are some more details…
For the flooring we really don’t want to take on pulling up that ceramic tile. There is not a whole lot of room to put anything thick on top. And this room get’s a lot of traffic. We use that back door as our main entrance on a daily basis.
So it’s time for me to plug Jared’s business. One of the products he sells is these Uno-tiles or these rubber landing tiles, normally used for commercial stair landings. They are highly durable, come in a handful of nice colors (how dreamy is that bright Orange or soft Windor Blue), they would be super easy to keep clean and we could install them ourselves. We may go with some blemished tiles from the 888 series to keep costs down.
As I mentioned, we have made some progress. When we had the siding off the house we had the crew take out the little octagonal windows and replaced them with new, white windows that function. It’s going to help keep the room sealed up in winter and it lets in so much more light. We got the larger window used for $25, can’t beat that.
After the renovation this summer, we need a season to rest. So my plan is to get quotes on the drywall this winter and take this on in the spring. I’m really hoping I can do it all for $1000 or less. That is the plan. We would probably re-drywall the adjoining hallway that leads to the kitchen and refinish it as well to clean it up.
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