Disclosure: I am a member of the Behr DIY Expert program and was provided Behr product for this project. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own.
When we first moved into the farmhouse, most of the rooms were freshly painted and relatively move-in ready, but there was one room that needed some TLC…the mudroom.
It connects the back entrance of the house (left) to the garage (right). It’s the first place people see if they park around back, and it’s probably the room that’s seen the most abuse since we’ve been here. We were storing all our tools in the metal cabinet to the left, which meant anytime we started working on a project, we’d have tools and supplies strewn all over the floor.
The hooks on the wall quickly filled up with tools, bags and dog leashes.
We even used this room as a makeshift brooder when the chicks first arrived, with a big metal tub and a heat lamp suspended from the ceiling.
The only area we tried to keep relatively clean was by the door. This is where we store the chicken feed (left) and our shoes (right).
When we started talking about what was the first room to paint, this seemed like an obvious choice. From the white washed wood to the cinder block wall and old concrete floor – it was definitely in need of a makeover!
We wanted to find something that was new and fresh when we looked at colours and that’s when the new Behr Paint 2016 Colour Trends hit me. There are twenty great colours to choose from and I particularly loved these four – Blue Vortex, Citronne, Raw Copper and Charcoal Plum).
The darker blue would be the main wall colour with accents around the room in the other colours.
For this room makeover I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Blue Vortex (T16-10) for the walls, Behr Premium Porch and Patio Floor Paint in Pacific Fog (PFC-62) for the concrete floor and Behr Marquee in Cameo White (MQ3-32) for the shiplap ceiling and trim.
We painted the ceiling first with the Cameo White, just in case we had any drips. It covered the previous whitewash and gave it a fresh new coat. When we put the light back up we put in an Edison bulb, but we’re thinking of adding a series of pot lights in here someday.
The old beat up door to the garage has proved harder to replace than we anticipated due to its odd size. Until we can find a suitable replacement, it got a fresh coat of paint too. What a difference!
Then came the walls in Blue Vortex. I always lean towards soft neutrals, so it was fun to go with something totally different in this space.
We primed the floor first with Behr Concrete and Masonry Primer, let it dry for 4+ hours and then came back to paint it with Pacific Fog. I couldn’t believe how fast it was. Only about 30 minutes to put on the primer and another 30 minutes for the paint. Just make sure you don’t paint yourself into a corner!
Now we’re adding on more trim to the room at the ceiling and around the old brick chimney and then 1″ x 4″ baseboards along the bottom. The walls are concrete and cinderblock, so we’ll be attaching the boards with construction adhesive once the walls have had more time to cure.
We still need to hang up artwork and a new row of hooks, but already it’s looking better. It’s hard to believe it only took us two days and a few gallons of paint to completely transform this room.
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