How to Renovate a Mudroom

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  • Published on:  12/28/2018
  • We partnered with Lowe's to renovate our outdated mudroom and turn it into a beautiful and functional space for our large family!
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    We wanted to declutter this space by making dedicated spaces for hanging jackets, long-term storage, and laundry management. In addition to creating functional spaces in the room, we wanted to do a general face-lift to this 1983 space.

    Along with perusing the aisles at our local Lowe's store, we found that there was a massive inventory of products and fixtures on Lowes.com. My wife and I spent many nights choosing paint colors, tile designs, and room accents, all of which was made easy by searching Lowe's inventory. To save on project cost, we decided to re-use the large set of cabinets and long countertop that was already in the room. We planned on painting them a more neutral color and adding some modern hardware as a budget-friendly way to maximize storage space without having to rebuild cabinets.

    While the room was empty, we painted the walls and changed some light fixtures. I know that we would have to do some touch-up paint at the end, so we went ahead and painted the walls with some Valspar paint & primer in one. Now that the room was wide-open, it was time to get to work making the wall-hung elements while we waited for tile.

    While we waited for the tile to arrive, I began on the shelving. This project called for three shelves, two over the washer & dryer, and one more as a taller shelf with a hanging rod suspended underneath. All three shelves would be in the same style, some beefy cedar 2x4s suspended by some super minimalistic steel brackets.

    This beautiful, rustic sink is heavy, and when I ordered this fixture, I was unprepared for the amount of specialized components it needed. Once we hung the sink, I realized that the sink drain was an atypical size and had to special ordered. Josh and I went to our local Lowe's and pieced together the right fittings to mate the special, 3 1/8" drain to the existing plumbing.

    Josh made quick 3d-modeled solution to this irritating and complex problem. He made a two-part bushing that would fill the sink holes and slide together as you tightened the faucet to the water line creating a tight and secure mounting point. We printed it on our Lulzbot Taz 6 with the MOARStruder so the part was almost solid plastic. After a few quick iterations, the faucet bushings fit perfectly and the sink was all done! To clarify, the fixtures are beautiful and with the proper amount of research into the installation needs, they would have been mu ch easier to install.

    We selected a movable membrane underlayment from Schluter that the tile would sit on. This plastic material from Schluter needed to be fixed to the subfloor with mortar. Next, we mixed up the mortar for the tile. My wife and I decided on grey half-hexagonal tiles from Emser. I could arrange the shapes in a triangular/star pattern for a really cool design.

    Furthermore, we brought in the bench I made recently out of the Basswood slab and hung a line of coat & backpack hooks on the wall. With the washer & dryer in place, I could really see how awesome this room looked. But there was a blank space above the bench that we decided to fill with some cubbies.
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