Sunday, June 20, 2010

French Country Mudroom

We just finished redecorating our mudroom. This is also where I craft, sew, scrapbook, wrap gifts, and do laundry.

We have reorganized the space so everything I need is in this room, and I don't have to take all my items for sewing or scrapbooking to the kitchen table (which my husband appreciates) or fold laundry on the sofa, or wrap gifts on the floor. Yes, I would often wrap gifts on the floor.

Here is what we did.  (I still need to add the black tile for the backsplash) . . . . .

 We redid the floor with checkerboard yellow and black Marmoleum tiles, and my wonderful painter husband, painted my oak cabinets red with many coats of paint. They are gorgeous, and I love them. We added the vintage chrome bin pulls and knobs from Rejuvenation and a black laminate counter because it was inexpensive and I really just wanted a craft counter that would be durable.
I blogged a few weeks ago about the curtain. It is a tablecloth that I made into a curtain. The tieback, which coordinates perfectly, was on a quilt I purchased for our family room. We added a white wood blind, and my window has a pretty view of our gardens.

We took out the old cabinet deep sink and 
put in this new vintage style wall mount deep sink.

I put a table runner on the washer and dryer, which just makes it look prettier.
{Yes, my washer and dryer are mismatched now that the dryer broke down this year, and it was only two years old ~ didn't see the need to buy a new washer when this one works great.}

My chair was a vintage find, already painted the perfect yellow; 
I just made the toile seat pad.

And, of course, added toile plates.

The Closet
The closet has bi-fold doors and a rod for hanging clothes from the dryer. The top shelf has drawers with my scrapbooking supplies and pretty French Country boxes for my craft supplies, paints and stamps.
A clothes hanger bag is used for storing rolls of gift wrap.

At the bottom is my, now vintage, sewing machine and roll out drawers full of ribbons and bows. I don't really like plastic storage, but it does keep everything dust-free, and I can just wheel it out of the closet.

The desk
The drawers on the left side of the desk hold scrapbooking projects, gift bags and everything else I need for gift wrapping. 

The right side of the desk holds a pull out ironing board and my sewing supplies.

 On the counter is a toile bucket with oil cloth for future sewing projects, some vintage yardsticks and patterns, and fabric for current sewing projects.

The french door exits to our family room.
I use the drawers by the door for future gift items, and the cupboard is a laundry chute.

There are many things I love about this space . . . the sink, the floor, my chair, red toile and my new red cabinets.
Thanks for visiting our mudroom.

~ Julie


  1. Hi, I love your room. All of it, love love love the colors, the floor, the beautiful sink, the cabnets, the antique chairs. I collect antique chairs. Love the window in the room, the pillows, the runner. Sweetie you are an artist.


  2. What a wonderful creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

  3. Love your space and all the wonderful fabrics you used to decorate. Especially the red toile!
    Best wishes,

  4. I love your space!! I'm trying to get my kitchen to look something like this...thanks for the inspiration!

  5. What a great creative space! So organized and neat. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Have a great week.

  6. your space is way to clean!! :) I actually see that you have lots of space to grow, learn and's a wonderful set up and space.
    thanks for sharing.

  7. What a beautiful space to create, AND do laundry in!
    I LOVE your red cabinets and desk....and that ironing board is the Coolest thing I've seen!!

  8. Hi! So great to meet you!
    I love your organized space! A gal after my own heart! Of course the toile is so fabulous. Thanks for the tour!

  9. i've never seen this room so organized!!! impressive. :)
    the bucket of oilcloth looks nice!

  10. I love your space! Like you, I'm a mom, have a full time job and don't do this as a business but I love the space I carved out in the basement. I love your space - the red cabinets are to die for and the toile fabric is gorgeous. What about that ironing board? Love, love, love that!

  11. Our first house had red kitchen cupboards and I still miss them (even after being gone for the house for more than 27 years!). Lucky you. Thanks for inviting us to visit.

  12. You have a wonderful space - I love the colors adn the way you have decorated. It is so wonderfully functional!

  13. Hi... You have a great place to create! I have been poking around your blog... Love your guest room! I am a fan of Homer Laughlin plates too! When I read the rain had hammered your roses, I knew you must be fairly local... I am in Puyallup and I feel your pain!!! We had a great day today though...hope you did too!

  14. Hi Again Julie... Thanks for the photo complement:-) My camera is a Canon Rebel xsi eos. I bought it when I started blogging 4 months ago...scary at first (it had been a long time since high school photography class!), but I really enjoy it!

  15. Hi Julie
    I'm answering here - I really like my new little camera too. It's a Canon Power Shot SD1200IS and so far it's great. I have tons of learning to do to use it properly - I'm sure there are 'proper' settings for different types of photos, but so far I haven't had time to really play with it. I don't think it was very expensive either (my son bought it for me, so I don't know what he paid). Hope this helps you make a decision! Good luck.

  16. Your craft space is very pretty and so well organized. And lucky you to have that big sink right there handy - love that! Thank you for sharing.

  17. You've got a very special space! I love, love, love the toile!

  18. I love the red and yellow too! And of course the toile - I have a serious addiction to toile and plaids. your room is lovely, and I very much like the table runner on the washer. It does add flair and the ruffle makes it so sweet!

  19. Beautiful room and I enjoy the colors you chose to decorate it in. Really nice! TFS

  20. adorable space! love your color palette~thanks for sharing~

  21. I think you r space is lovely! You are so lucky to have a husband who will paint hardwood!!! It's taken me 11 years of marriage to finally convince mine that occasionally it's okay! LOL! I love the colors you have picked and it looks so wonderfully organized! Thank you so much for joining the party. I need a direct link to THIS post for my permanent links, but was unable to get it. Will you email it to me? Thanks so much!
    My Desert Cottage

  22. I adore your creative space, the colors, the multifunction of the room and that wrapping paper storage idea is genius! You have a beautiful view into your garden too, what more could you ask for? Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  23. Love the red and the sink! I too have a laundry room craft space but it's certainly not pretty. :)

  24. What a clever cabinet and desk. That is so cool!
    I also love the position there by the window. i could daydream the day away there. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Love your studio and everything you have done in there. A sink would be wonderful! I also enjoyed your blog and am on my way to sign up. Thanks for the tour. Connie

  26. Thanks for all the kind comments. I read and appreciate every comment. I've also enjoyed looking at your blogs.
    ~ Julie

  27. I am just digging deeper into your blog and I know this is months and months after the fact but I love, love, love your laundry room. It is hard not to covet...

  28. I just found your blog--and what a lovely home you have! Love this crafting area too.

    Now, to read through your archives... :)

  29. Wow that is one beautiful space. I wish I could talk my husband into doing something like this.

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