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Easy mudroom refresh for under $330

I wanted to give our mudroom a refresh that not only was more aesthetically pleasing, but better functioning too.

One of the cool features I love about our new home is the mudroom area right off the garage.

It’s not huge by any sense, but it’s just what our family needs except it was lacking some personality.

I didn’t want to do anything major, but I knew that paint would be the number one upgrade in this space.

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The Plan

After living in our home for a year I had a pretty good idea how this space was operating and what it was lacking.


Since this space is right off the garage it gets put to a lot of work.

The back of the back door was getting beat up with dirty hands and no matter how much I cleaned it just always looked discolored.

My most favorite part of the mudroom is the built in bench and storage, but the paint that was used was not holding up to the daily use.

I decided to paint both the back of the door and the built in bench Tricorn Black, the same color I used on our kitchen shiplap island.

Also taking a beating was the builder grade wall paint and since I was going so dark on the door and the built ins I picked my favorite white paint color Whisper White from BEHR Scuff Defense paint in flat.


The builder provided 3 hooks on the built in bench, but there are four of us, so that definitely needed an upgrade.

Before we moved, I had a work trip to Waco and of course visited Magnolia where I picked up 4 cast iron hooks.

We already had some brushed gold accents in the wall hangings and I wanted to bring more of that in with the outlet covers.

Because we keep the trash can in the garage, having a round door knob was not doing us any favors when our hands are full.

I switched to a lever door knob, which has not only been the best decision, but also something we should have done a long time ago.


The mudroom is also where we keep the family calendar and the one that we had was just not as functional as I had hoped.

Other than buying the calendar, all the other decor I already had I just rearranged things to make better use of for our family.

Including using one of the old hooks to hold a keepsake basket of my mom’s that holds the dry erase markers for the calendar.

While we love the bench, no one would actually sit on it because it wasn’t comfortable, so I brushed off my sewing skills and created a covered cushion.

Mudroom refresh final tally and final thoughts

All in total the mudroom refresh was less than $300, it’s crazy how things add up, but truly I wouldn’t change any of it because each element adds just the right touches to this mudroom refresh.

Even though there was no major build or big renovation, paint can be just as effective in any DIY project.

Before again

Now the mudroom is a place where we can come home and feel happy and relaxed from the moment we walk in the door.

Mudroom after

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