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Dining Room into Mudroom Renovation

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Do you have a formal dining room that rarely gets used! I scoured the internet for ways to make our dining room more functional, and in the end I just scrapped it all and came up with my own plan!

This Dining Room into Mudroom Renovation turned a rarely used space into a practical space that we use daily. I’ve been sharing sneaks peeks of it on Instagram, but I’m so excited to share it with you guys here!

We absolutely love the way this part of our remodel turned out! I was the one tearing down walls and ripping up floors, and I still can’t even believe this is the same space!

This is what this room looked like from the real estate listing when we bought the house- a traditional, formal dining room that we knew would just turn into a dumping ground:


We knew we would rarely use a formal dining room. It would end up cluttered with craft projects and other junk and maybe be cleaned out a few times a year for large family gatherings.

So we decided to eliminate the dining room altogether and this is what this exact same space looks like today!!


I know… WHAT?!?  I promise you, this is the SAME room!!

This is probably going to be a really frustrating post for all of you to follow, because it was nearly impossible to get the after shots from the same location. I know everyone (myself included) likes before and after shots to be the same angle and location.

But because we tore down walls and built others in different locations, it really was nearly impossible! I’ll try to walk you through it, though!

In this before shot, you see the doorway that leads into the kitchen. That doorway is now the opening to my new pantry that’s located behind this coat bench.


If you walked through that doorway in the before pic, the garage door used to be to your left (beside the fridge). We moved the garage door to about where that farm tool is hanging on the wall.

The hutch and hanging little shelf on the wall is where we put our new powder room. If you saw the post where I revealed our living room renovation, I showed you where the powder room used to be.

Now, we have it exactly where I want it… as far away from the living room as possible!


This picture is taken when I stood in the old entrance way into the kitchen.


Again, we put the garage door on the wall to the right (you can use the wall outlet as a guide in the before and afters). We completely removed that wall on the left and took it up to the ceiling and flush against the wall at the front of the house.

I can’t get the after picture from the same angle since there is a wall there, now but this is what the front wall of the house now looks like. You can use the window and front door to help orient yourself.

Board and batten in mudroom

And a few more beauty shots…

Elephant picture_



The next set of pictures are some of my favorites! It made the biggest difference in making the entire first floor feel open!

Pretend I’m standing back in the corner of the old dining room (about where the green garage door is now). This is what the view used to look like when I looked across the front of the house.


We took that entire green wall down and made it flush with the ceiling and front wall. There was a tiny hallway right past it and then the stairs.

I could look at this set of before and afters every day! I lived it and it still amazes me the difference!

Stairwell after removing walls


The stairwell had walls on either side that went straight up to the ceiling from the bottom step. We opened up the stairway on both sides as well.

This is what it looked like while we were working on it:


And what it looks like today!

Stairs after removing walls

Here’s a shot of that narrow hallway before we started working. I was standing at the front door and took a picture back towards the kitchen.


The after of the exact same view:


This angle gives you a better idea of how the new mudroom fits in with the rest of the house:


And the old view from the kitchen looking towards the front door:


Just a little bit more my style now!



I will be back with full tutorials on everything:

There are still a few things I want to do in order to call it complete (like add a fabric strip to my curtains to lengthen them). But I am SO happy with not just how far we’ve gotten, but how well it turned out!

This was our first ever renovation project, and we are thrilled with it!

Source List:

Navy Paint: Sherwin Williams Salty Dog

Grey Paint (in kitchen): Sherwin Williams Amazing Grey

Hooks on Coat Bench and Board & Batten: D. Lawless Hardware

Door Pulls on Coat Bench Doors: D. Lawless Hardware

Curtains: Target

Oil Rubbed Bronze Door Knobs: Amazon

Green Paint: Behr Springview Green

Coat Bench: Tutorial coming soon!

Elephant Picture: Home Goods

Round Throw Rug: IKEA

Front Door Mat: No idea! Sorry, I bought it a couple of years ago!

Tune My Heart Sign: Tutorial coming soon!

Hello Sign: this is not the one I used, but I can’t find a link for that so here’s a substitute!

Floors: Pergo Cinnabar Oak







Friday 22nd of November 2019

Hi Natalie, I adore your remodel, decor, & color choices! Well done!! Can you please help this amateur painter? I always have trouble choosing the right finish of paint. What finish did you use for: Doors, navy mudroom, white wane-scotting(??), navy bathroom, faux shiplap, baseboards?? And please share what white you choose, I seem to always choose whites that are either too stark or too dingy. Thank you so much for sharing, I'm impale inspired to get painting! ☺ Blessings


Thursday 13th of February 2020

Hi Ginger! I am SO sorry that I'm only seeing this now! Not sure how I missed your comment before. All the paint finishes are semi-gloss so that I can clean them easily. The white is Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

Thank you so much for your kind words too! I hope your painting projects turn out amazing!

Jill Nordin

Monday 28th of November 2016

Awesome, awesome! I LOVE the colors you chose! Navy or dark blue with the green is yummy! You did a fantastic job!


Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Thanks so much! I hesitated on the green, but am SO glad I went for it! I love it!!