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One Room Challenge – classic mudroom {week 5}

Putty, sand, dust, prime, paint….is my life.  It’s week 5 of Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge and since we cranked with a capital C this week, we might actually finish this shiz on time.

ORC Guest BlackHere’s a peek at our progress…..


My husband worked so hard to finish installing the faux shiplap (6″ wide strips of 1/4″ thick hardwood plywood from Lowe’s) and I’m obsessed with it!  I kinda like it better than real tongue and groove panels because the gap between the boards is more pronounced.


I painted all the woodwork with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE in White Dove (satin finish).  Between the awesome paint and the microfiber roller, this is by far the easiest and most fun part.  Catching up on This American Life, waving my magic roller around, watching the shiplap get all beautiful.

Painting the doors black has been less fun.  I loathe painting doors, it stresses me out.  But these babies must be black so….I need to buck up and start knocking that out.


We also built and installed the cubby for the open vertical shelving.  I like the space on the bottom that’s open to the floor.  The whole thing needs trim and paint of course.


The bench is almost finished too, which will go to the left of the cubby.  I’m just adding the final coats of satin polycrylic.


There’s still a ton to do before the reveal.  Finish painting…everything.  Add crown molding.  Install the bench.  Add the batten and hooks.  Accessorize.  It’s going to be another mudroom-centric weekend around here but it’s worth it.  We can’t wait to finish this project!



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  1. It’s looking sooo good! The floors are beautiful. I love painting, too, so I can listen to podcasts 🙂

  2. Ok, I’m still dying over those floors!!! All the heart emojis. Cannot wait to see this reveal.

  3. Oh em gee that shiplap and those floors!!!! I can’t even with those floors. It’s going to be so awesome next week 🙂

  4. Wow, wow, wow!! It’s beautiful and so serene. Love it! Can’t wait for the big reveal. Good luck painting the door. Almost there.

  5. That’s looking great!! About the painting… did you install the shiplap then paint? Did you find the paint pooled in the grooves? I’m going to do a shiplap project soon and wondered if painting first would help keep the grooves more pronounced.

    • says:

      Thanks, Jen! I painted after they were installed with a skinny microfiber roller. I thought I’d have to dig stuff out of the gaps but literally nothing got stuck in there. It might be different with real tongue and groove panels but with the straight edge faux shiplap, it worked like a dream.

    • I’m so interested to know too! I also have a shiplap project in the near future, and was wondering about the pooling. Your room looks so great Erin! Cannot wait to see it. Good luck this weekend!

      • says:

        Thanks Holly! No pooling with the skinny microfiber roller and I painted after they were installed. The gap didn’t get any paint in it.

  6. Ooh…good question from Jen ^. I’m curious too because I know one day I’ll need ship lap in my life. My mudroom is jealous.

    • says:

      So easy with the faux shiplap. I just used a skinny microfiber roller and painted them after them were hung. It was like the gaps weren’t even there. Nothing got stuck in them. Score!

  7. Love the floors, walls, light fixture! It looks great! Can’t wait to see this room once it’s done 🙂

  8. Looking fantastic! Can’t wait to see the complete Before/After!

  9. Looks so good, Erin! And, you can tell a lot of hard work and sweat went into it all!! I love the simplicity of it all and shiplap walls are my favorite! Great job!

  10. Wow Erin, I’m loving this! Totally makes me want a mudroom. Or at least a room to do white shiplap and black doors. Can’t wait to see it all come together!!

  11. This floor! I am loving it so much. This is going to be one stunning and functional space. Excited for the reveal!

  12. Love the shiplap, and the floors look great!

  13. I can’t believe how far you’ve come. dying for those floors (still), and the shiplap looks fantastic!

  14. The shiplap walls are looking so fantastic – I can’t believe how far you have come since you were insulating the floor and doing the demo!! I am seriously impressed with all you have done….the floors are really sharp looking as well….so looking forward to the final reveal!

  15. love love love that light. beautiful space!

  16. Oh man, every week I fall even harder for your mudroom! It’s looking ahhhhmazing!

  17. This is looking so good … I need a shiplap wall …somewhere!! Good luck this week, looking forward to seeing it all on Wednesday!

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