MUD ROOM RENO UPDATE ON THE HOUSE ON COTTAGE GROVE

In my continuing series today I bring you the Mud Room reno update on The House On Cottage Grove.

But first, if you missed them, take a look back at what we’ve accomplished at The House On Cottage Grove in:

Taking A Look Back

Below are a series of photos showing what the Mud Room looked like when I bought the property. In fact, it was actually a laundry room at that time, but I’ve opted to relocate the laundry and turn this room into a Mud Room instead, something every mountain home needs.

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Have you ever seen so many chachkies in one place ever? It was dusty and dirty and filled with spiders, so cleaning it out was not a fun task.

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MUD ROOM RENO UPDATE ON THE HOUSE ON COTTAGE GROVE | The BEFORE |www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I threw out or donated most of the junk found in this room but amongst the mess were a few treasures which I saved and have used as decor in other areas of the cottage. For example, there was a collection of vintage mason jars which I repurposed in the Dining Room.

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And there was a large collection of small hurricane lamps that I placed on the Dining Room shelves as well.

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But getting back to the Mud Room…

I decided to construct a built in bench with trap doors on top to allow storage below.

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Next we insulated the previously uninsulated walls…

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and rebuilt broken and inoperable windows, adding new brass hardware. The vintage windows give this room so much character while allowing light to stream into the room.

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Then we panelled the walls in beadboard and tiled the previously raw cement floor in Merola Tile Gotham Hex Antique White Porcelain Unglazed Mosaic Tile. It runs $7.49 a square foot.

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I really love the flat, matt finish of this unglazed tile. Get it here.

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Finally the room was ready for paint. I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Natural Almond, Satin finish from Home Depot.

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Then we installed these Cast Iron Shelf Brackets measuring 10″ x 7 3/8″ in a rusted iron finish. They cost $9.99 each and can be ordered here. If the rusted iron finish is not what you’re looking for they are also available in 3 other finishes.

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We also added these Linwood Rusted Iron Hooks with Porcelain Knobs from Signature Hardware, $8.95 each.

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And I found a light fixture perfect for the space here on a website called First of a Kind. This metal cylinder pendant light is listed for $129.80 but you can offer them a lower price and they may accept (interesting concept). When I purchased it the list price was $147.oo. I offered them $125.00 and they accepted. Beware however that the fixture I received doesn’t look much like the one on their website, but that turned out to be a good thing because the cream colored paint on the fixtures matches my paint perfectly.

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Using some inexpensive green and cream ticking fabric I purchased at Dorell Fabric Outlet in Fountain Valley, California, I made these cushions for the benches. I plan to sew some window shades for the room out of the same fabric.

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As you can see we still need to paint the windows and doors, and I’m just beginning to add decor, including some old ice skates left behind by the previous owners.

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To decorate one wall I placed vintage Lake Arrowhead postcards (purchased in the giftshop at (SkyPark at Santa’s Village) in 2 small frames that had been housing some other less attractive art. I painted the frames using the same green paint I used in other parts of the cottage. The paint is called “YOGI” Behr Premium Plus Ultra from Home Depot. Want to see exactly how I created inexpensive DIY wall art using things like postcards, dishtowels and needlework check out this blog post.

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So that’s the almost finished Mud Room. It will get its final touches later this week, at which time I’ll share a photo of the completed space.

So there you have it: MUD ROOM RENO UPDATE ON THE HOUSE ON COTTAGE GROVE

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Comments

  • Spiders? EEEEKKK!
    What a wonderful use of the space. It is so much more efficient (clean and beautiful) now. Such a great transformation. Oh, and those ice skates remind me of my skating days as a child. Fond memories…
    The ticking is great in that green. I might need some in black and ivory so I might be heading to Dorrell myself. I love that place!

  • This is adorable…that fixture just makes the space! Well done!!

  • Ah thanks Cindy. Coming from you, such an accomplished Designer, that really means a lot!

  • Yes, I had a pair of very similar ice skates as a kid too. They do bring back childhood memories. And yes, your recommendation of Dorrell has been so helpful to me. Thanks again!