modern mudroom: before

We have a super fun project in partnership with Valspar® Reserve™ paint to share over the next couple days! To fully appreciate the improvements made, we had to share the “before” situation. Unless you are one of the lucky ones with a mudroom designed and built into your home, you might share our same problem! When we tumble back into our homes after a long day, there is a definite spot where our belongings collect. Where papers and backpacks, shoes and socks all get dropped. We challenged ourselves to come up with a better plan using only paint as our tool.

Mudroom - Before!

We flipped through over 3,000 Valspar colors before selecting three bright and fun primaries: Sunny Jonquil, Ocean Sigh and Scarlet Sun.Valspar Reserve

One thing we all noticed and were impressed with was how thick the paint was. It was almost like cream. It rarely dripped making minimal mess. Valspar Reserve was perfect for a high traffic mudroom because of its durability and stain + scrub resistance so we knew we could wipe anything off the walls! And for those of you who love to change up your paint colors but hate the tedious process, Valspar® Reserve™ is a paint + primer one-coat coverage. We can attest, one coat and done. Awesome!

Mudroom - Before!

We don’t want to share too much of the mudroom before the big reveal tomorrow, but we’ll give you a little hint.

Check back later this week to see it all in action and a little film of the whole process!

Thanks to Valspar for sponsoring this project! Find Valspar® Reserve™ exclusively at Lowe’s, find a store near you here.


  • Verity
    September 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I really thought the title of this post was ‘Modern Mushroom’ when I clicked on it… I was intrigued to say the least. My only excuse is that it is 4.30pm here in London and that is the end of a very long day for this 34 week pregnant mama-to-be…
    But I am quite excited to see the big reveal as I love the bright, primary colours you have chosen.

  • Kelly
    September 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Where is that adorable tshirt from!!

  • beth
    September 11, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    ditto! where is that tshirt from! i need one in my life!

  • modern mudroom | Small Fry
    September 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

    […] We’re back with the big reveal of our Modern Mudroom challenge! We wanted to create a space that functioned like a mudroom, but made only with paint. Each child has a “color” and inside that color is their space to hold coats, backpacks, homework, artwork and whatever else they need to grab on their way in or out the door. We painted matching stools for not only seating, but for a little easy shelf space! Check out this film made with Jenner Brown of Lumineux to see how it all went down. (See the “before” here.) […]


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