Mudroom Rug: In Which We Give Up and Let Winter Win

We used to have the cutest little rug in our mudroom. It was so sweet and pretty. It was gray with a delicate little white pattern overlaid over it.

And then winter happened.

The sweet little (light-colored) rug did not fare so well under our salty/slushy/muddy boots. I will spare you the photo. The poor thing got banished to the garage and we threw up our hands and began rug hunting anew.

We ended up with this $63 Vera rug from Joss and Main.

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We set our standards super high, which made finding the perfect rug tricky. Our criteria? Dark colored (to hide dirt) but not too dark (to hide salt stains), low pile/not precious feeling, 4′ by 5′ 6″, and affordable.

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The “worn out” (read: pretend vintage) pattern in this rug should be perfect for our Michigan winters…although it kind of feels like purchasing distressed denim, you know? ;)

This rug hits our half-bathroom doorway awkwardly, but there was no way to avoid it (we tried…see: dainty rug story above). So we’re choosing to embrace it.

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I am pretty proud of the fact that this rug and my $15 thrifted kitchen rug look pretty good together since the styles are similar. Although that rug is ACTUALLY vintage–it’s not a poser like this gray rug.

Well, enough of winter already. I quickly snapped this shot of the storage in our mudroom bench…along with some summer shoes I haven’t worn in months. I get all nostalgic looking at this picture… “Remember that time boots weren’t mandatory?”

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That pink pillow in the picture above? It used to be a placemat! Click here for my very* exciting placemat to pillow formula.

*sarcasm

Many thanks to Thrifty Decor Chick for featuring my mudroom the other day! And if you’re new around here, welcome! I’ll admit I kind of have a bit of stage fright looking at my stats page and seeing that people other than just my mom and best friend are reading. GULP.

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But hopefully it will be business around here as usual, despite my new-found fame (HA. HAHA.). We are elbow-deep in dust from our stairway railing project. A quick summary: fill holes. Sand holes. Paint. Fill holes we missed. Sand holes. Paint some more. And so on, and so forth. But I created a deadline for myself in that I agreed to host a game night….so it MUST be finished SOON. Probably. Possibly.

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6 Comments

  • Haha! Well, I am a new reader (and probably not your mom, just guessing) – Loving your blog/style/writing! Don’t get too famous though and start typing all boring with no humor… ;)

  • I am a new follower of your blog and love your style. Love the mudroom makeover and what a bummer about your rug but the replacement is really nice. So I was at Target yesterday and found a placemat for a $1.49 and will be turning it into a very cute pillow on this fabulous snow day. Thanks for the inspiration.

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