13 August 2014

Mud Room Planning

So we have a utility room. It's the room you enter when you come in the house through the garage, and it is connected through our laundry room to the rest of the house. We don't have a basement so this room houses our hot water heater, furnace and oil tank. It also has a utility sink and is currently the home for our tools, paint supplies, cleaning supplies, and stores items we haven't put in the attic yet. You're probably picturing quite a glamorous set-up aren't you? It's become quite the junk room and I'm hoping to clean things up a bit and make the room more functional. I promise to have photos later as I haven't had a chance to really get them together.

Designing this room is a bit of a challenge due to the fact that we have a number of huge eyesores. The furnace/heater/tank situation is one we can't avoid. Without adding walls and seriously cutting into precious limited space, they are there to stay and we just have to work around them. We also have our internet hookup attached to a wall in there as well as some mounts for shelving that are painted on (aka practically glued to) the wall in certain spots. The utility sink is rather ugly and stained with paint/stain/whatever else has been washed in there. I'd love to someday replace it with a prettier one.

While this room will never be perfect due to the fact that it needs to be practical, I can still dress it up a bit. Here's what I'm thinking to transform this utility room into a mud room:

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We've already purchased the Ikea Aneboda Wardrobe and set it up in the room. It currently holds my craft supplies, but we are considering purchasing a second to use as a coat closet. Our current coat closet in the living room is being used as a toy closet since we more often than not enter the house through the garage and utility room. We also have the Target bench already next to the wardrobe to use as a seat when putting on boots or taking off jackets. We have a double window in the room and the bench fits nicely underneath next to the wardrobe. 

We currently have awful track lighting on the ceiling towards one wall as well as a flush mount in the middle of the room. I'd like to replace the track lighting with a cleaner, less noticeable version and install a pretty pendant in place of the flush mount. 

The striped baskets are the same ones we have in our living room to hold Lucy's toys. I picture a few of them tucked under the bench holding scarves, gloves and hats, maybe labeled separate for each family member. The L and M hooks will be used to hold book bags or jackets when our little ones come home from school or a trip out.

I currently have a kilim rug on the floor but because of the nature of the room I think a natural fiber rug would make more sense for wet boots and drippy umbrellas. The pillows and art are just fun accents to make this utility room feel cozier and more welcoming. 

Just seeing this mood board is getting me excited to get this room into shape!

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