The mudroom has always been my least favorite room in the house. It is a small, awkward space measuring 6' 1" x 5' 7". On the exterior wall is a door to the side yard and a window. On the opposite wall is a door to the basement and a window that looks into the pantry/laundry. And on the third wall is the doorway into the kitchen. That leaves only one wall without an opening.
If you live in a small house, you know that space and storage is always an issue. Paul and I have been talking for years about what kind of storage we could eke out of the mudroom. Because it is imperative that we maintain access to the basement (for future replacement of the furnace, water heater and other maintenance issues), we determined built-ins on the fourth wall weren't an option. We knew that whatever storage option we decided on, it had to be flexible. More on that later.
For now, we're focusing on cosmetic upgrades: a new bead board ceiling to cover the original, damaged tongue and groove, and a fresh coat of paint on the walls, trim and floor.
My husband keeps reminding me the mudroom isn't going to look like new when he's finished repairing the wood and painting it, and I accept that. The house is 93 years old, and perfection isn't my goal. I love the quirks and imperfections of our old house. I'm just OVER the peeling paint on the floor and the marks on the walls and the puppy damage from 15 years ago.
I'm super excited about having a mudroom that is no longer an embarrassment when we have people over. I will keep you posted on our progress. For now, here are some photos of the ceiling, before and after. Paul has spray painted the shiny chrome schoolhouse light fixture matte black. Once the ceiling is primed and painted, the fixture will be rehung.