Today, I’m sharing my first completed room in the new Mill Place, my modern rustic DIY mudroom entry! Since this mudroom isn’t really a separate room, I defined my space with color and the most gorgeous and unique rustic wood trim with a wrought iron look insert. Adding functional items like seating, a place to hang coats, take off boots and little storage for hats and gloves makes this mudroom functional and space saving.
To save on the budget, I’ve made most of what you see in my new mudroom entryway. The Chevron DIY Coat Rack is a knock-out in this space! I’ll share the entry bench soon!
Be sure to see my awesome giveaway of $500 worth of Rustic Ornamental Moulding products below! You can choose from several show stopping moldings or decorative stair risers.
The Mill Place is a fabulous condo conversion from a woolen mill that was built in 1857 and our newest addition to the North House Lodge, our boutique vacation rentals in Ludlow Vermont. It features nine foot exposed beam ceilings, large windows and a ton of character. I wanted my new mudroom to do the space justice without taking away any of the charm and unique character the place already had.
This is what the space looked like after removing the hall closet to open up the entry and gain a little more space for the new DIY mudroom. My Old House Tour is a video walk through that will share what this place looked like before I started the renovations.
The original floors were literally falling apart, so we replaced them. I used a wood look tile at the entry to stand up to wet coats, skis and boots.
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How to Make a DIY Mudroom Entry
My entryway and mudroom dimensions are 68″ x 68″ x 80″. My challenge was to figure out how to make a small entry into a mudroom on a budget.
This is how I turned an ordinary small entryway into a pretty and functional mudroom by using color, wood trim and furnishings.
Supplies used to build my mudroom.
- Ornamental Mouldings Rustic Baseboard 5 1/2″ ambrosia maple with metal look insert
- Ornamental Mouldings Rustic Chair Rail 2 1/2″ ambrosia maple with metal look insert
- Construction adhesive
- Nail gun
- 2 inch brad nails
- Miter saw
- Brad nailer
The lights weren’t installed until the condo was almost done. Getting good photos was tough, so pardon the low light photos.
Step 1. Remove the existing baseboards.
Removing the existing baseboards isn’t hard if you use a painters 6 in 1 painters tool to first wedge it between the wall and the baseboard and then wedge a short pry bar in the open gap to pull it the rest of the way off. Nippers are a girls best friend when it comes to pulling out leftover nails that were left behind from the baseboards.
Step 2. Mark the chair rail height.
Mark how high the paint will go on the wall and the height of the chair rail. Mine is set at 48″ high. Check to be sure that your rail height won’t interfere with things like light switches. Using a measuring tape and level to mark your line or snap a line with a carpenters chalk and string for a perfectly straight line.
Tip: Since the rustic baseboards are 5 1/2″ tall, I used a 2 x 4 along the bottom of the wall and mark the line as a guide of how far down on the wall to paint. The paint line will be hidden behind the floor molding.
Step 3. Paint the wall accent color
Apply two coats of paint to the wall making sure to cover the edges where the the chair rail and the baseboards will be installed.
Step 4. Add baseboard and chair rail to define the DIY mudroom space.
Both the Ornamental Moulding chair rail and the baseboards are all wood. Made from gorgeous ambrosia maple, they look like they have metal straps bolted in as insets.
They are super easy to cut with just a miter saw or even by hand with a hand saw and miter box. Check out my DIY Baseboard Tutorial to see how to install molding. The chair rail installs the same.
- I had two different moldings meet at the corners. We used 1 x 4″ casing as baseboards in most of the house and the 5 1/2″ decorative mudroom molding. I decided to chamfer the end of one and use a straight cut on the mudroom molding.
- Mark the location of the studs with painter’s tape on the floor so it’s easy to nail into the studs.
- Use construction adhesive and two inch nails to attach the molding to the walls on the studs.
Step 5. Add mudroom furnishings.
Since my DIY mudroom had to be budget friendly, I made the rest of the furnishings. Tutorials for everything will follow! I built this modern wood and metal DIY mudroom bench with space underneath for boot trays to hold wet boots and keep them out of the way.
I brought over my DIY Engineer Print Large Welcome Sign for the wall from the Pleasant St location. I like it there, it may stay!
A mudroom wouldn’t be complete without a heavy duty coatrack. I used 1″x 4″ maple rustic casing from the same line to build my chevron coat holder. It’s made from the same gorgeous ambrosia maple as the chair rail and baseboards.
Can I mention how gorgeous it is? The wood has so much character with hues of gray and what looks like spalting running through it.
Someday, I’ll build storage cubbies or lockers in the mudroom, but for now we have a large metal basket to collect hats, gloves and the other items that always collect by the door. I’m not sure where I’m placing the basket yet. It may end up by the coat rack or the bench.
Since the Mill Place is in a ski town, part of the year our guests will have ski’s and snowboards to store as they enter. I’m working on a ski rack design where guests can hang their skis to the left of the door as they enter.
If you look closely at the ceiling, you can see where we removed the existing closet to fit the mudroom into the entryway. The exposed brown pipes are the building’s sprinkler system.
Do you love my simple but functional mudroom design…or, even the gorgeous moldings and trim for a later project? Leave me a comment to win $500 worth of molding! Read below.
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Ok, so let’s talk about how you can get free trim for your home too! Ornamental Moulding Inc. has generously agreed to give away $500 worth of the Rustic Moulding products to one lucky winner!
How do you win?
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Winner can select up to a $500 value from the below styles. Each style offers a variety of moulding types, from baseboards to casing to crown molding. See the full line of Ornamental Moulding products on their website. Winner must be 18 or older and live in the continental US.
Rustic Mouldings, ambrosia maple with a metal look trim. what I used in my DIY mudroom!
Haute-2-in-one Mouldings, with gold or silver look inserts in the trim
Decorative Stair Risers, they’re reversible!
Use decorative wood trim to define a style and space like I did. Or, use it to trim out a furniture makeover, a DIY project, frame a mirror or picture.
I love how the new modern rustic DIY mudroom entry welcomes guests at the front door, gives them a place to hang coats and leave wet boots to dry. The best part is all it took to create this mudroom area was defining it with color and adding wood trim!
So, which molding or decorative trim would you use?