So, today I’m finally revealing my DIY mudroom makeover… I finished it months ago, have absolutely loved how it’s changed our home, been so excited about the space and all the projects, and yet, I didn’t share it except for some small peeks on Instagram. You guys have been amazingly encouraging with those tiny peeks and asking to see more! I was even completely blown away when Better Homes & Gardens featured it on their IG account, and yet, I still didn’t blog about it…
To be honest, I’ve been having a WTF blog moment that’s been lasting a long time. East Coast Creative is growing as a company and I’ve had so many amazing opportunities… working with Kelly & Michael, shooting a huge project with Lowe’s, and working on a bunch of other projects that I’m in love with… it’s been an exciting, amazing, challenging (in a good way) time, and yet, I’ve been struggling with the blog piece. You see, I look at other bloggers posting daily, keeping their homes looking blog-worthy, and to be honest, I sometimes feel like I can’t keep up with that… like calling myself a “blogger” is being a fraud. I’m doing more DIY projects than ever before, designing multiple spaces at once, shooting things, working on upcoming TV shows, and for some reason, putting content here on EC2 just has been a struggle. I have all the projects photographed, I have them ready to go, and yet, I’m wondering… am I still a blogger… did I move too far away from it because of TV and other opportunities. Should I slowly bow out or is it okay for my kind of blogging to look different? It it okay for it to have a different flow, and vibe, and just overall be different than so many of my talented friends that are just killing it and doing an amazing job at the blog thang.
To be honest, I’m still working this out in my mind, but I think after a week lounging in the sun in Costa Rica (more on that later), that I think I’m okay with being different. I think I’m okay with the fact that my house looks like Lowe’s threw up all over it (so many supplies and projects) and all but 2 rooms are “in progress”… I think I’m okay that I’m the type of creative that goes in 1 million directions at once and my rhythm (or lack thereof) might be really different. So, I’m not going to make any huge promises of new posts 3x a week or anything, but I will let you know that I’m working on figuring it out, and as long as my projects and ideas inspire even just a few people, well that’s enough for me. So, umm yeah, this just got a tad awkward, especially if you were just expecting a mudroom before an after, but I felt like I needed to level with you guys a bit- especially if you’ve been here since the beginning (#tbt Real Housewives of Bucks County lol). Now, let’s get onto this makeover, because it’s one of my favs of all time. If I could marry this mudroom I totally would!
DIY Mudroom Makeover Before
Be prepared to feel really good about yourself, because these before pics are a hot, hot mess! Our garage was like an episode of hoarders and what makes it even better… everyone that comes into our home comes in through the garage. Nothing says “Welcome” like 50 bikes…
and no, we don’t have a bike fetish… just 4 growing kids and bikes for every age/stage.
You might remember that a few years back, I turned a little area of our garage into a faux mudroom… it was clean, cute, and fun, but only looked clean and organized like this picture for about 2.3 minutes. The problem was that A- My kids are slobs B- It was still a garage C- Bikes and sports equipment didn’t really get the memo to stay out of the “faux mudroom” area, so it quickly turned into a mess again. #fail
We don’t have a logical space in our house for a real mudroom, so I talked to the hubs and convinced him of my idea to use 1 bay of our garage as a mudroom. I’m going to give you all the details about that in a different post, because I’m confident some people will get fussy about the idea, but in a nutshell, we built around the garage door track so it’s completely still intact and if we ever wanted to sell our house (we don’t and likely won’t) the new homeowners could remove one wall and have the full garage back. Voila.
DIY Mudroom Makeover After
You’ve seen the bad and the ugly, let’s finally get around to the good!! I’m going to give you the grand tour in this post, but don’t worry I’ll be sharing all the tutorials in follow up posts.
Welcome to my new and improved (and possibly favorite room in my house) Mudroom!
Yes, this really IS the same space… Just drastically improved!
So, guests come into a much more welcoming space now, complete with tons of coat hooks, because we entertain all the time.
Turn the corner and you’re at the storage lockers, kids’ artwork gallery, and the door that leads into the other bays of the garage. You’d really never know that this was a garage before I got started- I think the laminate flooring makes a huge impact (I’ll be sharing all the details about that in another post, because it’s a dream boat- hides dirt, easy to clean, and looks fab).
My kids were SO excited when they came home from school and saw that I had created a gallery of their artwork. If you’ve never put your kid’s art in a frame- do it! It gives them a feeling of validation and I’ve found it makes them want to create even more! I used a combo of black frames and some unframed pieces and attached them all with 3M Command Strips, so I can easily swap them out every few months.
I’m so going to miss when my kids are out of school and aren’t bring home their art projects each week. This collection makes me smile every.single.time I see it.
Next to the gallery wall is the central hub of organization… the built-in locker wall.
These lockers are the best! I’ll post a building tutorial soon, but the main thing to know is that these aren’t an advanced project. Using stock kitchen cabinets from Lowe’s made it so much easier and the hidden storage is clutch! I have one locker for each of my kiddos with loads of storage and organization solutions. I’ve learned that organizational systems only work if they’re designed with the user in mind… I needed something that would be perfect for lazy, messy kids! 3 months later, this locker wall actually still really works!!
The only part that kind of stinks is that our dogs take the kids’ shoes out of the mini shelves and carry them outside… Grr! We’re working on that…
Next to the locker wall is our huge memo board and sitting area (the kids plop down there to put their shoes on). You can get the tutorial for the memo board here.
We have 2 massive Bernese Mountain dogs and since they’ll spend a good bit of time in this space (they like the cool floors), we went with a bit of a whimsical nod to our dogs. These vinyl dog silhouettes were inspired by wallpaper that The Yellow Brick Home used in their animal shelter makeover, but I wanted to customize our wall to fit our Berners, so I made my own decals.
On the wall opposite the lockers, I went with a geometric board and batten for the lower half… I know my kids and my dogs… both wicked messy, so I wanted a color and pattern that would hide dirt. I had seen a similar board and batten in a CB2 catalog a year ago and put a note in my phone to try it someday… I’m so glad I did! My husband, on the other hand, wasn’t a huge fan of the time it took to caulk and paint my lovely pattern, but once it was finished he loved it too!
I also blew up some massive (seriously, they’re 4 feet tall) engineer prints of our puppies, and created DIY poster frames to fill the big, open wall. Again, my kids loved this part of the space and I didn’t mind having massive dog artwork, because it’s a mudroom. Plus, it kind of warns guests that they’re about to be meeting two, very excited, 120 lb dogs… they’ve been warned!
I partnered with Lowe’s to make my dream mudroom a reality and I’m so thankful for a partner that trusts my wild ideas… “Oh hey, I’m going to turn my hoarders style garage into a dog themed mudroom with about 100 DIY projects and in my head it looks amazing”… And they actually agree to let me give it a go!
I’ll be doing individual posts on about a million things in this space, but I know you guys never want to wait for the details, so I’ve linked as many items and products as I could in this slider below. Just click a pic below and it’ll take you to the source. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below too!
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I’d love to know what you guys think of this space and again, thanks for letting me share a bit about where I’m at with the whole blog thing… we’ll get it figure out!
This post is part of our Real Design Series. It’s all about DIY home projects and ideas that actually work in real life, with a real family… not just ones that look pretty for the camera. I’ve spent the last 2 years doing countless makeovers for other families on TV, but this series is all about the Mangin Family (that’s me) and how we’re working room by room to renovate our own home! Check out all the past series posts here
*This post is in partnership with Lowe’s. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brand partners that help make EC2 possible!*