March Madness – Mudroom Edition

mudroom designDoes anyone else have a house full of males that are obsessed with NCAA basketball right now? ¬†#marchmadnesswidow ūüėČ ¬†I’m not complaining, actually, because this means I am left to do basically whatever I want without being bothered the entire evening. ¬†The other night during the basketball games I spring cleaned in the Master Bathroom:

master bathroom chalk paint mirrors beachy parisian

grove collaborative

and plotted my next project–THE MUDROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM:

black mud room door

We have a nice-sized “room” just that enters our home from the garage that holds our washer and dryer, one window to our front yard and one wall suitable for a coat and shoe storage system of some sort. ¬†I recently painted the interior of this door black – click here for that post. ¬†So maybe you already know this, but we have a family of six (and I’m the only female #itsgoodtobethequeen). ¬†Just doing some quick math determines that if all of us have one heavy and one light jacket and two favorite pairs of shoes stored in this space, we need to have functional storage for about one zillion coats and¬†shoes. ¬†1 six foot wall divided by that crazy amount of clothing items is going to be a design challenge to say the least! ¬†But with your help, I think I am up to it! ¬†Since the only wall available for coats and shoes is just adjacent to the window like this:

I am limited in what sort of system I choose for my sweetie to build. ¬†Our ceilings are 9 feet so we have the option to locate the shelf up above the window frame or cut it off like the photo above so it doesn’t run into the window. ¬†I have a Pinterest board going with a ton of inspiration for this space – click here.

 

And here are my favorite inspiration photos from the board:

mudroom shiplap hook area coats shoes

Don’t you just love how when people post their coat and shoe areas on their blogs or Pinterest, there are hardly any coats and shoes stored there–wreaths, pretty scarves, purses and baskets galore, but where are the dirty soccer cleats, muddy boots and the ugly coat your husband refuses to donate to Goodwill? ¬†Maybe that’s just our family… ūüėČ

Anywho, I have a design tip for you.  When you are planning a room or design project and have a Pinterest board or inspiration photos gathered, look closely at all of the images and find what they all have in common.  By looking at the common themes of your images, you are able to decipher the style, materials and colors that have you inspired.  That exercise helps me to be less overwhelmed when I am trying to choose different materials and colors for my projects as there are usually so many pretty options out there.  So for our coat and shoe storage area I do see a theme in all of the above photos:

*white paneling or shiplap

*top shelf

*black hooks

*natural wood tones

*and baskets

Since those must be the design elements that I find visually pleasing, I will be sure to include all of those things in my design plan.  Do you have a mudroom/coat and boot area in your home?  What is your most favorite or most frustrating about it?  What should I be sure to include in my plan?  I would love your comments and suggestions as we are basically starting from scratch for this area.  Hopefully I will have my complete plan in place, ready to hand over to hubby once March Madness is finished ;-).

mudroom design

Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon! ♥ Tina

Choosing a Range Hood Cover

choosing a diy range hood cover

Hello, friends! ¬†I hope you are having a great day and are looking forward to a lovely weekend ahead–whatever your plans may be. ¬†Since our March Break begins tomorrow, we are anticipating a fun weekend at home with three of our four sons completing home projects and competing in a Dodgeball Tournament (yep, you read that right… I’ll let you know how that turned out next week ūüėČ ).

I love this movie!

Even though a range hood cover for our kitchen isn’t in the plans for this weekend, I am beginning to plan my husband’s next few DIY projects because I like to be helpful like that ;-).

Building House|Making Home DIY To Do List

      1.  mudroom coat and shoe storage built-ins
      2. office desk area
      3. range hood cover

Since I have a bit of time before we approach the building of #3, I thought I would get some opinions from you regarding the range hood cover. ¬†One rule for this little project is that it can’t be too “fussy” as our kitchen is really a part of our main living area which includes our rustic shiplap fireplace:

Also, the range hood cover needs to be simple to build and coordinate with the current kitchen cupboards (white cupboards & gray island) and barn beam mantel in the living room.  Possible colors/materials it could be made of: white, gray, black, reclaimed wood.  In my opinion the range hood cover should be the focal point in our kitchen and right now it is lackluster at best:

Building House|Making Home Range Hood Before
Building House|Making Home Kitchen

So, keeping those things in mind I have pinned quite a few ideas onto my kitchen board and here are some of my favorites:

sunnysideup range hood cover
The Sunny Side Up Blog
Magnolia Market
New England Home
sarahsarna.com
The Happy Housie

Thrifty Decor Chick
Buckets of Burlap
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Heidi Piron

So many lovely options!  Which one is your favorite?  Which one do you think would go best in our kitchen?  White, black, gray or natural wood?

Thanks for giving me your two cents worth!  And also thanks for praying for our family that we make it through Dodgeball in one piece ;-)!

‚ô• Tina