I’ve always wanted a mudroom. How about you guys? How many of you want or have a mudroom? Are they a new thing in houses or were they around back in the day? If you’ve been following along from the beginning of our new house build, you know that we put in the least expensive finishes, in an effort to keep our mortgage low and let’s face it, so I would have projects!
The house we built was modified from a two car model to a three car model.
The difference between the two plans and the area we are focusing on now is where you enter from the garage. Adding that third car garage, gave us an awesome laundry room. I mean, it has a window!!! I’ve never had a laundry room this big. The two car version is what we had in our last house. You enter through the garage and have the washer and dryer on one side and a folding counter and cabinets on the other side. It’s a pretty tight fit. So we were so excited to have this dedicated laundry room. When we were in the planning phase of building, the third car had a very large pantry where you entered from the garage. We asked that they leave those doors and walls off and just leave the blank space. You can see what I mean here.
Apparently I didn’t get a shot of the laundry room or mudroom before we started tearing up the linoleum. I can’t even find a shot of the mudroom at all. Weird. This is all I got, and the lino isn’t even down yet.
So, now that you know the layout of the house and why we just left that ginormous space, we can get to our next project – tile!
We started tearing up the linoleum in the mudroom with the idea that we would finish that room first, cabinets and all, and then do the laundry room. Well, once we got started it didn’t make any sense to do it that way, so we are doing both rooms at once. That way it will just continue through, no threshold. We can clean up the tile stuff and be done with it. Our plan though, is to finish the mud room before the laundry room.
We scored the tile in the clearance bin at Home Depot. The tiles are 12×24 and they were like $1.10 a square foot. We bought all of it!
We had to do quite a bit of prep work. Since the floor under the linoleum is concrete, we didn’t have to lay cement board down, but we did need to clean up the glue. When they were getting ready to install the linoleum, we asked that they just do around the edges and keep it light. We still had to do a bit of cleaning. We used mineral spirits, and then boiling water with dawn and just to be safe, we sanded it a little. Good thing we only had to do around the edges! So, let’s get started on this tiling.
So we started along the back wall, and we used a small strip of tile, which will be hidden under the mudroom bench, so that when we got across the room to the laundry room, it would be a full piece.
I don’t know how you cut your tiles around a door jam and I don’t know how the “pros” cut their tile around a door jam, but this is how I do it. I make a paper template the same size as the tile (or wood if I’m working on wood floors) and start cutting away so that it fits under the jam comfortably with no gaps showing. Once I get the template perfect, I draw it on the tile and cut it out. Works great!
So once we finished tiling from the mudroom into the laundry room, it was time to grout. We used Delorian Gray from Home Depot.
Yep, they’re still a little hazey here. Just take some cheese cloth and rub that haze off. Once you are completely finished, don’t forget to seal the grout lines. Trust me, cleaning will be so much easier if you do.
So…that’s it on the tile. I can’t wait for you to see the built-in’s we are working on. It’s so exciting.
Until next time…