Post # 1
We just closed on our house last week FINALLY and I am looking for work, which means when I am not doing job searches I am wandering the house making lists of projects for the house.
The house was built in 1920 and then in the 90s it was gutted and remodeled. For some reason they added this weird front porch area… after the siding was put on. The previous owners used it for a storage area (the front door was almost never used and we don’t use it either). Here is how it looks now:
View from the front door (foyer)
I think since it’s never used, rather than making it into a nice “mudroom” type area, I’ll make it “my” room…somewhere to go relax and read and such. The windows are nice in that they have extra panes to put on in winter or screens for summer.
I am looking for input on how to fix up the space. I have a while to plan it since I don’t want to spend too much until I have a job, and other projects around the house are taking priority.
I love natural textures, so I would really like the floors to be “wood” (probably laminate or bamboo rather than real wood) or stone. For paint, I think something cozy and light? I am tired of beige but maybe with the right window treatments…
Feel free to post ideas or pictures!
Post # 3
Maye paint the paneling a nice poppy color, stick a big comfy couch in there, a mini bookshelf and a good reading lamp and some art?
Post # 4
@mrs_pudding_pop: I agree you could definitely treat it like a sitting area and improve the paneling with some paint (white would even be an improvement).
You could also replace the carpet with tile or hardwood and put in some built-ins and use it as a mud room:
Post # 5
I am always the type that paints the whole thing white and then decorates from there. I am also deep into ‘cabin chic’ right now so the white is such a good backdrop for that – or anything else…
Post # 6
@MrsHS: There’s actually no carpet… it’s just a concrete slab right now! On the upside, I was just in the attic and found some of the wood laminate they used on the downstairs floor and tile laminate they used in the upstairs bathroom! I think I will go with the wood laminate though because I am not crazy about the tile laminate. I also found more extra wood paneling 🙂 I will definitely paint the paneling… I’m not a fan of it but I’ve seen it look great painted!
Post # 7
i second the painting of the paneling. and i think that wood laminate would be better, because if it’s a mudroom, it’ll get a lot of wear and tear. and mud. i wonder if there’s a way to do some sort of concrete treatment and use indoor/outdoor rugs? that way, you get the stone-ish look. and then you have the carpets to walk on once shoes are off.
Post # 8
Hmm is it climate controlled? If there are big temp swings wood might not be the greatest flooring, as it will expand and contract a lot through the year. I like the idea of stone. There are also some pretty amazing concrete stain options that are beautiful, as well!
Post # 9
@colorofmyheart: I’m not really looking to make it a mudroom since that we never go through those doors. I think the only time I would ever have use of those doors is if UPS, the mail carrier, etc came to the door.
@crayfish: Your question prompted me to do some quick research on flooring and it looks like I will have to stick with the concrete and some area rugs 🙁 Thanks for saving me from some headache, though!
Post # 10
Cray asked my question about climate control and I think a good alternative is to use carpet tiles. They can be super durable, they can look great and you can replace one at a time if need be. And it will warm up the environment.
I think combining it into a personal/storage space would be great. If you can have some window seating built that has storage beneath both with cubicles for shoes/items and some litft top storage bins (where you sit on the top) Along the front and side. Then you can add cushions to it to curl up in the corner. I woudl make sure the cushions are in an indoor/outdoor material.
Also, in addition to painting, I would hang cutains that go from ceiling to floor (or top of built ins), not just from the top of the windows. It will make the windows look a lot bigger and make it look more like part of the house instead of mudroom. I would do the curtains in a bright colorful fabric.
Found thid diagram online
Post # 11
@BluePeaches: oh! i thought you were looking to create a mudroom. my mistake.
you can seal the floors with sealant, and then paint them to look less… concrete-y. we did that in the unfinished part of the basement. it turned out nicely. it’s still cold like concrete, but it looks nicer. you could even do a patterned floor if you wanted to go real diy fancy.