Hello everyone, time has been flying.  I apologize for being somewhat MIA but many projects are underway.

Our weather has been great and our Halloween uneventful, which was a bit of a surprise.  When we lived in this area some years ago trick or treating was a HUGE deal.  I am talking 200 kids at least and John would have to stop and buy more candy on his way home. 

On with the post, the Mudroom/Laundry room has been getting some additions. 

We had this bench in our old home and I knew I wanted to use it but wasn’t sure where.  John suggested the mudroom for seating to take our boots off in the wet winter months.  I was all for that but, thought, we need to do something to make it more useful.

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The seat is from an old buggy we purchased years ago.  We knew it wasn’t an antique but we thought it was cool.  So, what to use as storage underneath???  The decision, purchase stock cabinets to attach to the bottom .

This is where John of course came in.  He added wood to the top of the cabinets to give the bench strength and more stability.

I painted the white cabinets Meil chalk paint from Maison Blanche.  I never used this paint before but it interested me since there is no odor and VOC free.  Two coats of paint and an application of antique dark wax to add age.  This wax is the best I have used without a doubt, much more play time.  Oil-rubbed bronze knobs we had on hand from the old house and TA-DAH a bench.

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The area while working, LOL.

We are happy with our tile choice, love the rustic wood look.

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The dog bone is from Lowes.  You will notice below, we have many leashes and collars for the pups.  They have collars for Christmas too.

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The picture over the bench we had and was a Home Goods find.

The tin pieces above the door are from an antique store in Lambertville, PA.  They add some charm.

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The bead board behind the bench was added when building the house to give it a more cozy look.

The pillows on the bench I purchased from Country Curtains and Home Goods a few years back.  

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I found the coat rack from PB catalog, on sale, so coats can be hung.  Note:  collars and leashes, LOL.  I also added an Irish walking stick John received from a friend years back.  A bucket of lavender with a piece of lace to make it feel like home.

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Next up, the folding table John made to add to the laundry side