As crazy as it sounds, the room that "sold" me on buying our house was the laundry room. Not because it had a top-of-the-line washer and dryer. It didn't. And, shockingly, it wasn't the wallpaper adorned with clothespins. It was because of these...
|Photo taken when we bought the house in 2007.|
The laundry room/mudroom is accessible through a small hallway off the kitchen. The hallway includes a door to the side entrance of the house, a door to the back deck and a door to a half bath. The mudroom has a door that leads to the garage. That's a lot of doors!
|Before: Hallway leading into Mudroom|
A lot of doors means a lot of foot traffic! We are in and out to the garage several times a day. Visitors always enter the house from the side door. In the summer, kids come and go from the back door. (Usually running inside in wet swimsuits to use the bathroom.) The dog is let out and back in a hundred times a day. This small area of the home is a hub of activity!
It didn't take us living here too long to realize that the white floor tile wasn't going to cut it. Well, maybe it wasn't white. Perhaps it was off-white. Let's just say it was never any shade of white for longer than 5 minutes. I'd clean the floor, and inevitably, muddy shoes or pawprints would follow. So our first house project was to replace the tile with something a bit more forgiving.
|Before: Dirty White|
If money were no object, I would have done the floor in antique terra cotta tile. That's the look I dreamed of for this space.
I seriously considered travertine, until I realized it doesn't tolerate water spills too well. Even if I was super careful in the laundry area, there was a toilet and boys who don't always aim to please. Know what I mean?
So practicality and durability won out, and I settled on porcelain. I chose these tiles in varying tones of, well, dirt...
Can you tell how clean the floor is now? No? Well, I guess you'll just have to take my word for it. That's the beauty of dirt-colored floors :)
Next time I'll show you what happened to the clothespin wallpaper :)
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