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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mudroom {Revealed} and DIY Pillows

It’s been quite a week for our little mudroom or mud “hallway”.  My goal was to transform this transition space into something a bit cheerier since it’s the way we enter our home from the garage.  We started with this:
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Cleared the decks and began fresh:
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Painted some stripes and inserted decorative storage baskets {Target $9.99} into the cubbies:
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Made a no-sew bench seat and added a mirror {Hobby Lobby- $25 on sale}:
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{mirror before a couple of coats of white spray paint}
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And finally, adorned the bench with a few pillows made from scratch with my brand new sewing machine!  I’ve never sewn before, so this is a new adventure for me.  Be kind. 
HOW TO SEW A PILLOW
I basically followed the tutorial by Janell at Isabella & Max Rooms, except I didn’t use a pillow insert, I used poly stuffing.  And although I did iron my fabric before sewing, I didn’t iron the seams. 
1.  Lay the fabric inside out, use chalk to make an outline for where to sew, and secure with straight pins.
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2.  Sew your stitches leaving a 6-inch opening to insert the stuffing, trim the excess fabric.
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3.  Turn the fabric right-side out and stuff the pillow full being mindful of lumps.
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4.  Pin the final opening and handstitch closed while watching Top Chef.
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After adding a few more pillows, our mudroom now looks like this:
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And because I love a good “before” and “after”:
 BEFORE
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AFTER
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Now that’s a space I’m happy to come home to!  Have a great weekend y’all!  I’ve got fall decor on my mind for the weekend, hmmm . . . .

Our mudroom sure has changed!  See the updated bench seat/pillows and painted doors.  See how we've organized our mudroom here.
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74 comments:

  1. I love it!!!! So cute... comfy and chic!
    I all about homemade throw pillows these days. I am planning on sewing some tonight after Liam goes to bed... which is right about now!

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  2. Great transformation! Lots of pattern and texture.

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  3. So cute! Looks great. By the way, Tatertots and Jello has a great tute on an envelope style pillow covers. It'll take you 15 minutes tops! I love it!

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  4. OMG Megan, it's amazing !! It's looks so beautiful and effortless. Love the space and the colors you chose.

    P.S
    I am loving you house and style !!

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  5. You did so great on those pillows! The room looks fab!

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  6. The stripes make it so fun and I love the fabric for the pillows. Beautiful!

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  7. what a great talent you are...WOW...love it..did I say WOW. WOOOOOOOW. I think i have the outline of that mirror to? hmmmm

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  8. Love it Megan! Great job on the pillows...I see more in your future. The mudroom looks fantastic. I really like the colors you choose, it keeps it light and airy.

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  9. WOW! What a transformation!!! It looks great!

    http://lisafergus.blogspot.com/

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  10. Wow I love this! The stripes are a really great touch! It looks so warm and welcoming!

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  11. Oh this is furniture perfection~ well done!

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  12. I don't have a mud room but I envy yours.

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  13. I'd love to come home to a mud room like that as well. awesome job!

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  14. Squealing!! Megan, I love it!! :) I love before and after shots too, and yours are awesome. What a fabulous nook. Can you please move in next door to me and be my bff and fix my house? ;)

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  15. I love the pillows - especially the fabric that ou used for the bench pillow! So awesome!

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  16. What a great project, Megan! It looks wonderful. You definitely achieved your goal of making the transition space more cheery (: Great job on the pillows, especially for your first time using your sewing machine!

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  17. Thanks for linking up your fab-u-lous mudroom, Megan. :)

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  18. Megan, this is adorable! What a transformation, and I'm totally impressed w/ your newfound sewing skills :) Do you know how lucky you are to have a mudroom like this?

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  19. Your mudroom looks great! Having a space like this must make it so much easier to keep your house organized.

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  20. I love it! I a so inspired to do something similar in my porch! It turned out so great! Good for you!

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  21. I love it! The stripes add another layer without looking heavy, and I love how the cushion and pillows make things so cozy. You did a great job!

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  22. The fabrics sure make the room! You did a great job putting it all together and sharing. I love the outcome!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Nouveau Stitch!

    Elen

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  23. VERY cute Megan! Great ideas and tutorial... Love it!

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  24. I love this!!!! We have a very, very plain mudroom...nothing like yours! Thanks for sharing such great ideas...I really need to do something to make it more organized and special.

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  25. AHHHH! I LOVE this before and after. Am I a follower yet? Um, now I am.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Sarah :)

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  26. This is beautiful! What a wonderful space, too! Thanks for stopping by made it on monday!

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  27. I love the color choices ! Very classt! Great job!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  28. Those stripes are perfect ! And I love your fabric choice too. Well done girl, so stylish!

    Kate

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  29. GREAT JOB! I Love your style! I wish my mudroom looked like your before even! We live in an older home, and our mudroom need some major help! Great job!
    Just stopping by from Amanda's party!

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  30. LOVE!!! But you know I love me some stripes. You are crazy lucky to have this great space. And I love the mirror painted white!

    xoxo, cassie

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  31. Great job. I especially love the stripes & the mirror!

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  32. It looks fab!! I love how it is stylish AND so functional...the perfect blend!! Angie xo

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  33. How adorable! So cozy! Great Job!

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  34. So inviting! The soft stripes are my favorite part.

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  35. Just gorgeous! I would move down to the mud room ;)

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  36. This is a great transformation! I'm totally stealing your new sew bench cushion idea!

    I'd love it if you checked out my blog for an Overstock giveaway and for my Friday link party! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

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  37. What a sweet little room! The stripes and pillows are perfect! Found you at Me and My Blue Bucket!

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  38. Great makeover ! I love the fabrics you picked. It would just put me back in a good mood after a long day out at work!

    Caroline
    http://ateliercaroline.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm in love! This is darling. I'm really liking the contrast of the white with the warm tones of the baskets too - balancing it all out. Lovely. Do you think the kids will hang up their stuff??

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  40. Oh my heck, I want that mudroom. I have been looking for ideas for my mudroom/laundry room. Thanks for sharing.
    I will be back, I am a new follower, Yeah!
    Brooke

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  41. Looks good! Great job on the pillows. Enjoy your newly pretty space!

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  42. Great mudroom-you'll make a lot of us jealous!

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  43. I love that mudroom! I am going to have to keep it in mind when I redo mine!

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions
    Join my Linky Party Thrilling Thursdays

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  44. Love that leafy fabric! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  45. Wow! This is so amazing! I love it! I'm a new follower and I would love if you would come over and link up to Crazy Cute Thursdays at Between U & Me! I know everybody over there would just die over this adorable mudroom! So CUTE!

    www.betweenuandme.com

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  46. That looks wonderful! You did a great job!

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  47. It looks so inviting and cozy! The stripes were a perfect addition.

    Chelsea

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  48. Yay! Thanks so much for coming over to Between U & Me! See you next week! ;)

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  49. What a fantastic space! Thanks a bunch for joining us this week!
    {Rebekah}

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  50. What a beautiful space you created! Love it :).

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  51. This looks amazing! Great before and and after!!!

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  52. Hello- Just found your blog through Transformation Thursday!

    Very cute makeover. I love that fabric you choose!

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  53. that is such an awesome transformation! I love it! Found you through All Thingz Related :)

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  54. That looks wonderful! :) I love the stripes and your new pretty fabric -- it's gorgeous! :)

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  55. I don't know how the space could be more perfect! It is ABSOLUTELY wonderful! I just wanted to let you know that we are going to feature this party link on Thursday morning! Hope you get some great traffic!

    Cassity

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  56. That space is just too cute. Loving the pattern!
    I'm a new follower and look forward to meeting great new blogging friends! Your blog is super cute :)
    Hope you can stop by and follow back when you get a chance :)

    Happy Wednesday,
    Shopper Gal
    http://www.shoppergal.com/

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  57. LOVE this! I featured you on my blog! www.simplyhandmadebypaige.blogspot.com

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  58. Gorgeous outcome! What a lovely area for this purpose! UNDER cabinets... so clever!

    I found you through Remodelaholic. So glad I did!

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  59. So glad I found your blog through Remodelaholic's posting this project of yours. It looks FABULOUS!!

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  60. Thanks for the shout out Megan!! They pillows, the bench and the mudroom area look great!! Janell

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  61. So cute! i love the fabric you picked for the bench cushion.

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  62. This looks amazing, I am in love with the fabric you chose!

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  63. "while watching Top Chef" Haha you're so cute! I need a Tv in my craft room (how bad is that) watching reruns on my laptop isn't cutting it anymore!

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  64. I put a link to this one in my most recent post!

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  65. Very cute! What are the dimensions of your mudroom?

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