Mudroom Makeover Paint-One Room Challenge Week 4

October 24, 2018

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These weeks are flying by!! As I knew they would! Life-Slow Down!! Here we are in week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Let’s start off with a recap…

Week 1 was all about the Plan…

empty closet space

Week 2 we moved into the Project…

bench constructed

Week 3 was a week of Progress…

mudroom with lockers

So what are we tackling in Week 4? Get out your paint smocks and let’s talk about paint. I love all aspects of a room remodel, but when it’s time to crack open the paint cans, I can see the sunshine on the horizon. We are so close. And it’s coming together so beautifully. Everything looks better in color, right?


So, let’s break it down….

For the three “non-locker” walls, I went with Sherwin Williams Duration Home Repose Gray in a semi-gloss. I have to be honest, I’m usually a Behr Marquee girl, but I really loved working with this paint. It went on so easily and only required two coats. If you’ve ever painted over shiplap (underlayment), you know the boards like to soak up the paint and it can sometimes require a few coats. Not the case with this paint…I was well pleased!!

gray walls

In my lockers space, I chose Behr Marquee White Moderne in a semi-gloss. Knowing this area will need to be tough (with 3 kiddos), I decided to take the extra time to throw on a couple coats of polyurethane. My favorite poly is, by a long-shot, Varathane!! I have tried other poly’s, but have found Varathane to be the best. It doesn’t yellow, which of course is huge!! For this space I used, Varathane Ultimate Poly, Water-Based (Interior), Satin….

locker space in a mudroom

Moving onto the bench and the shelf…I’m a huge fan of General Finishes Gel Stain! Although I went back and forth between the black and the java (I think either one would look amazing!), I decided on GF Java Gel Stain for this area….

lockers in a mudroom

I also struggled with whether to add one shelf or two. Because my space would have been so limited by adding a second shelf, I decided upon one shelf. My plan is to make that top space more about the look rather than storage space. I’m excited to see what I can find for up there.

This week, I tackled a project I’ve never done before…I know this sounds crazy, but I have never painted doors before (well, if you don’t count sliding barn doors). They have always seemed like such a daunting task. BUT, my assumption was definitely proven wrong. It went really fast and was so easy. I plan on writing a post soon on how I tackled them. These doors stood out like a sore thumb before I painted them the same color as the trim…so it was most certainly a necessity….


exterior door with craftsman trim


white exterior door

Week 4 was not only all about paint, but also the finishing touches: Quarter round was added to the baseboards; extra trim pieces were added to the locker space; caulk was added where needed and then more caulk was added where needed.  (Caulk–a novice builder’s best friend!) And hooks were added to bear the weight of all those heavy backpacks….

mudroom lockers with heavy backpacks hanging on hooks

Well, that pretty much wraps up week 4.

Next up: Shopping!!! Let’s make it pretty!!!

Once again, here’s another inspiring mudroom picture from Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design

beautiful mudroom view

Until Next Time,

Happy Building, Friend!!

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Mudroom Makeover Plan: One Room Challenge Week 1

Mudroom Makeover Project: One Room Challenge Week 2

Mudroom Makeover Progress-One Room Challenge Week 3


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