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.
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”:


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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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  1. September 10, 2010 / 3:13 am

    Great transformation! Lots of pattern and texture.

  2. September 10, 2010 / 3:13 am

    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!

  3. September 10, 2010 / 3:37 am

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

  4. Ashley @ The Hillside Home
    September 10, 2010 / 3:04 am

    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!

  5. Jessica
    September 10, 2010 / 3:16 am

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

    I am loving you house and style !!

  6. Sixty-Fifth Avenue
    September 10, 2010 / 4:43 am

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

  7. September 10, 2010 / 10:35 am

    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.

  8. TamStyles
    September 10, 2010 / 8:33 am

    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

  9. September 10, 2010 / 5:01 pm

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

  10. September 10, 2010 / 6:01 pm

    Squealing!! Megan, I love it!! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜‰

  11. Kate@TwentySixToLife
    September 10, 2010 / 1:12 pm

    I love this! You did a great job!

  12. Suzy @ Joy Is At Home
    September 10, 2010 / 3:16 pm

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

  13. Laura Ingalls Gunn
    September 10, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    Oh this is furniture perfection~ well done!

  14. Amanda
    September 10, 2010 / 3:35 pm

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

  15. September 10, 2010 / 9:23 pm

    This is beyond fabulous!!!

  16. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    September 10, 2010 / 7:24 pm

    I love the pillows – especially the fabric that ou used for the bench pillow! So awesome!

  17. Michaela Noelle
    September 10, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    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!

  18. September 11, 2010 / 12:45 pm

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

  19. September 11, 2010 / 12:55 pm

    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!

  20. September 11, 2010 / 1:59 pm

    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!


  21. Emily A. Clark
    September 11, 2010 / 10:40 am

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

  22. September 11, 2010 / 4:15 pm

    VERY cute Megan! Great ideas and tutorial… Love it!

  23. Paula
    September 11, 2010 / 11:28 am

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

  24. Mary Joy
    September 11, 2010 / 8:34 pm

    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.

  25. September 12, 2010 / 4:30 am

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


  26. Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
    September 12, 2010 / 1:49 am

    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 πŸ™‚

  27. Jill
    September 12, 2010 / 2:12 am

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

  28. Bringing Pretty Back
    September 12, 2010 / 2:46 am

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

  29. Sarita
    September 12, 2010 / 7:38 pm

    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!

  30. cassie @ hi sugarplum!
    September 13, 2010 / 2:29 pm

    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

  31. Julie
    September 14, 2010 / 11:59 am

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

  32. Tina@HickoryDickoryHome
    September 14, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    Very cute!! Love it!!

  33. Angie@Echoes of Laughter
    September 15, 2010 / 2:09 am

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

  34. Sabrina
    September 15, 2010 / 4:06 am

    How adorable! So cozy! Great Job!

  35. Chris
    September 15, 2010 / 4:26 am

    So inviting! The soft stripes are my favorite part.

  36. idesign
    September 15, 2010 / 12:05 pm

    so unbelievably beautiful πŸ™‚

  37. Kari
    September 15, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    Just gorgeous! I would move down to the mud room πŸ˜‰

  38. Meg
    September 15, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    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!

  39. michelle
    September 15, 2010 / 4:23 pm

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

  40. Caroline @ Atelier Caroline
    September 15, 2010 / 10:41 pm

    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!


  41. northern cottage
    September 16, 2010 / 1:44 am

    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??

  42. Creative Decor by Brooke
    September 16, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    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!

  43. Ellie
    September 16, 2010 / 7:22 pm

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

  44. Rebecca
    September 16, 2010 / 8:36 pm

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

  45. Lori@Paisley Passions
    September 16, 2010 / 8:41 pm

    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

  46. Ginger
    September 17, 2010 / 1:24 am

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

  47. Courtney McAulay
    September 17, 2010 / 2:33 am

    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!

  48. Mandi C
    September 17, 2010 / 11:45 am

    That looks wonderful! You did a great job!

  49. September 17, 2010 / 5:13 pm

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


  50. Rhiannon
    September 17, 2010 / 8:10 pm

    VERY NICE!!!!

  51. Laurie Jones
    September 18, 2010 / 12:21 am

    One word….BEAUTIFUL!!!

  52. Courtney McAulay
    September 18, 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Yay! Thanks so much for coming over to Between U & Me! See you next week! πŸ˜‰

  53. Beth@The Stories of A to Z
    September 19, 2010 / 2:29 pm

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

  54. Keep Calm and Decorate
    September 19, 2010 / 7:54 pm

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

  55. Melanie {The Tiny Tudor}
    September 20, 2010 / 1:58 am

    Hello- Just found your blog through Transformation Thursday!

    Very cute makeover. I love that fabric you choose!

  56. Denise
    September 20, 2010 / 3:39 am

    that is such an awesome transformation! I love it! Found you through All Thingz Related πŸ™‚

  57. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    September 20, 2010 / 2:16 pm

    That looks wonderful! πŸ™‚ I love the stripes and your new pretty fabric — it's gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  58. Remodelaholic
    September 22, 2010 / 2:22 am

    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!


  59. Shopper Gal
    September 22, 2010 / 2:20 pm

    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 πŸ™‚
    Hope you can stop by and follow back when you get a chance πŸ™‚

    Happy Wednesday,
    Shopper Gal

  60. Funky Junk Interiors
    September 23, 2010 / 3:38 pm

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

    I found you through Remodelaholic. So glad I did!


  61. House of Ficek
    September 23, 2010 / 7:49 pm

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

  62. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish
    September 24, 2010 / 1:35 am

    Gorgeous!! I just shared on my FB page.

  63. September 27, 2010 / 3:38 am

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

  64. Lindsey
    October 5, 2010 / 2:13 pm

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

  65. Kalina
    October 6, 2010 / 9:08 pm

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

  66. November 23, 2010 / 6:48 pm

    "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!

  67. February 19, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    Very cute! What are the dimensions of your mudroom?

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