New Mudroom Planking

I know I’m suppose to be focusing my time and attention on our office makeover… but inspiration struck hard for our mudroom and it was one of those, we must get it done now, types of projects for me (they happen sometimes). That, and I was really tired of the way our mudroom was functioning. Actually, let’s just say it wasn’t functioning and that we needed a better organization system. There, that describes it better.

The first thing I really wanted to do was install planking on the walls to give them a bit of character. Not surprising, right? I mean we’ve already planked three walls in our home (here, here and here), and I happen to know it’s a sure winner for us.

So today I’m sharing our new mudroom planking, but first let me remind you what our mudroom looked like before we started…

Mudroom After | The Wood Grain Cottage

I’ve been itching to install planking on those walls for as long as I can remember… finally!

This time for the planking though, we decided to install it vertically and used the v- groove paneling sold at Home Depot.

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Anthony measured our space, then we cut down the panels with our table saw…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

To attach them to our walls, he just nailed them on…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

And to cut around our existing outlets, he just measured where they were, then drew a template on the paneling and cut them out with our jig saw…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the panels were attached, he started putting the finishing board at the top…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

He made sure it was level…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then just started nailing it on…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

 Here’s what it looks like installed on top of the paneling…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once he was finished, I grabbed my trusty caulking gun and started filling in all the gaps and nail holes…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Caulking is one of the most important steps in the whole process. It makes everything look seamless and adds that finished look.

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the caulking was dry, I started painting the walls super white by Benjamin Moore. I love this bright white.

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Now I’m trying to decide what color to paint our back door… Do I go with a bright color (yikes, and probably won’t happen. Neutral girl, remember?), a semi- neutral color, white, or black. That’s a toughie… It’s never been painted, so it really needs it. I know, just call me a slacker…

New Mudroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’ll be back later this week to share a few more tutorials, like that shelf you can see in a few of the pictures. This little mudroom has made wonderful progress and I’m so excited to start adding all the finishing touches!

Stay tuned!

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    1. THANK YOU so much, Shan! I’m still debating on that door, but I *think* I have my mind made up! πŸ˜€

  1. Looks great! I vote black door:) I’ve so many lately that just look stunning……and you’re braver than I am, so you go first:)

  2. Paint the door Black, you will love it! My home has very neutral colors like yours and I love my Black doors.

  3. Looks awesome! A colour for the door would look awesome with all that white but I know what you mean about being a neutral girl. I thought I was super brave painting the interior of our front door black a few years ago lol.

  4. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the color of your door, i’m like you, I’m not to good with “permanent” colors. I don’t mind a bright throw pillow or curtain that I can change once i’m bored, but having to paint the door over and over because I get bored so quickly isn’t something I could do. LoL I love everything you’ve done in your home so far! It makes me feel peaceful looking at it.

  5. Love it! We used that same paneling in my last houseβ€”it’s so easy! Our “foyer” wall is about the same size as yours and I’m also trying to figure out what sort of paneling treatment to use and what color to paint the coat closet door next to it.

    I vote black or gray for your door!

    1. THANK YOU so much Jenna Sue! I agree, that paneling is so easy! I can’t wait to see what you do in your foyer… everything you’ve done so far has been absolutely amazing!
      I love your suggestions for the door color… I *think* it’s going to be black, but man, gray would be fabulous too! πŸ˜€

  6. You are one lucky girl to have a husband who does all the work for the projects you envision.
    Your house is beautiful and I love all that you do. I always look forward to seeing what’s next.
    Your mud room looks great and I agree with you on the neutrals, keep it simple!

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Carol! I couldn’t agree with you more, I am extremely lucky to have such a fabulous husband. I’d be lost without him. πŸ˜€

  7. The planking looks fabulous Shayna – of course!! I think every space looks better with planking or paneling:) I think a color on the door would be fabulous… but if a color is too much, maybe black?? Can’t wait to see what you choose!

    1. THANK YOU so much, Krista! I’m loving the paneling… it’s so easy! I wish I could commit to a color for the door, but I *think* I’ve got it narrowed down to black. We’ll see. πŸ˜€

  8. Oh, how I wish I could do this in my house!!! I love it, Shayna! Looking good, as always… Blessings & <3

  9. I’m wondering if you can give the link for the paneling. I looked on Home Depots site and I can’t seem to find it. Thanks so much!

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