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Convert a breakfast room into a mudroom


Picture: Target; Rug: Target

Our 1936 craftsman is anything but open concept. One day we hope to open it up, but that's years away. For now, we're trying to "rethink" the spaces we have, such as the former breakfast room. This is the picture from our initial listing.

This room is directly off of the kitchen and leads to the deck in the backyard. Initially I thought to add some storage to the room and keep a smaller table in the room for kids crafts and whatnot.


Without any nearby closet, the room quickly became a mess of coats and shoes. The table was neglected in favor of our main dining table. After some reconsideration, the obsessive organizer in me determined that a mudroom would be a much better use of the space.


The next few months were spent researching and designing a mudroom that would fit the space. The mudroom had to meet the following criteria:

  1. coat, shoe and accessory storage for each member of the family

  2. low drawers for dog/ cat food and accessories

  3. dedicated area for pet food/ water bowls

  4. high cabinets for outdoor entertaining items and miscellaneous items

  5. hooks for guest coats (or ours, when we're lazy)

  6. a bench (for obvious reasons)

I sketched up a design and consulted with our cabinet maker, and a few months later the beautiful cabinets were delivered. Unfortunately, I didn't have a plan for the rest of the design (paint colors, art, rug... all of it). And I was nine months pregnant with #2 when they were delivered. I managed to pain them a terrible light gray-blue and had to hire out the installation. This is where we ended up for some time:


I was not feeling it. The room went through numerous other color schemes before landing on the current one (note to self, when in doubt, just paint white).

Overall, I like how the room turned out. The actual cabinet design works great, and I love how everything is hidden! I plan on making a few tweaks:

  1. vent holes in the large lockers

  2. shoe drawers in place of the open cubbies

  3. built in pull out dog bowl in radiator nook

  4. Some sort of countertop for above the radiator enclosure

As far as the style goes, the door and window moulding should be updated to match the rest of the house (and some blinds?). Adding some vertical shiplap or some decorative moulding would give the room some extra depth. And maybe different hardware? I feel like brass or oiled rub bronze would look better. Who knows. But the room no longer gives me the "this is totally off" feeling when I walk by it, so that's good enough for now!


Room details:

Walls: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Cabinets: Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Bench: General Finishes gel stain in Java

Picture: Target

Rug: Target

Light Fixture: Houzz

Hardware: Wayfair (sold out)

Decorative mesh: DWP