and if you’re new to the blog and have no idea what Mouse House is, it’s our affectionately named fixer upper that we worked on all last year – you can find out more details here:
So if you remember waaay waay back, this is what things looked like when we first got the house. I couldn’t find some of my ‘before’ pics, so I took these from the intro post (speaking of that – can someone please invent a robot or train my children or somebody to consolidate all of my 15 hundred thousand photos into one neatly organized, cataloged, easy to find, space? hmmm? please?)
So the space back there with those french doors is the new mudroom/laundry.
We Craig built a wall separating the two spaces, turning the front room into the living room.
And here’s the new mudroom/laundry:
Orgininally, I had plans to install shelves above the laundry and a desk or pantry cabinet to the right of the washer and dryer. But then I remembered… it’s not my house. What if the buyers wanted a cubby for backpacks instead of a desk? Or maybe they needed extra dish storage and they wanted to use that space for a nice big hutch or hoosier cabinet? And Craig also reminded me that it would save us money not to add any more cabinetry to the space. So even though my design-lovin’ heart was screaming to decorate that wall or just add something, my practical side won over. hate when that happens.
But if this was my house, I’d do something like this:
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The star of the show in this room is definitely the gorgeous tile floor. I love love love it! My hubby? not so much. I think he gave me the stink eye when I showed him what I’d chosen. Now, he might have been ok with it – if it was for a small bath room with not a lot of square footage.
But the laundry room is 14′ x 12′. That’s 168 sq ft of little 8″x8″ tiles that he got to install.
Oh, and it also has a pattern.
on the diagonal. again, not a very happy hubby.
But it looks FANTASTIC, amiright?!?
Thankfully, he’s awesome and has mad tiling skillz. So even though the printed pattern on each tile was a little off, he did an amazing job.
We purchased the tile at our local flooring store. With our contractor’s discount it was approximately $7.35/sq. ft which is MUCH more than we’d normally spend on tile flooring. But my heart was set on it, and I knew it’d give the house that additional wow factor (and I wanted to see if I liked it enough to put in my own house – love using flip houses as guinea pigs to try out all my crazy design ideas.)
For the life of me, I can’t remember what color grout we used. I know it was a lighter color and I found this pic on my phone – so this is probably it (can’t guarantee it though)
Here’s some affordable options for similar look flooring:
walls: Silver Strand – Sherwin Williams
trim: White Dove – Benjamin Moore
barn door: Lakeshore Green – Benjamin Moore
That wraps up our fixer upper mudroom from Mouse House. Have you used a patterned tile floor before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments and have a great week!
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