a mudroom spruce up

i admit, i have a list of “someday” projects for the re-nest house that is about a mile long. organize closets. get the boys’ clothes put away that they’ve outgrown. make the laundry room more functional. clean out cabinets. and, until this weekend, one of the projects that was on the list for almost 365 days was to put down flor carpet tiles in our mudroom. 

you see, the mudroom is the hub of our house. (not surprising.) for eight years, i’ve fought with having a runner, trying it without a runner, using a runner with a sticky pad underneath it…and nothing worked. everything that is in that very hub of our house gets disgustingly dirty (especially in the winter), and nothing stays in one spot. 

flor has been on my list of must-trys ever since my early adopter brother-in-law put it in his home about a million years ago. (he really has the BEST taste in home design!) it’s just so awesome. carpet tiles that come in a rainbow of colors + patterns + textures, that allow you to design your very own combination carpet/rug…um, sign me up! well, it took a while, but i finally found a reason and the mudroom was it.

no kidding, almost one year ago, i placed the order (i even checked the shipment record this weekend when i busted open the box. i ordered it on 3.22.14. sad.) granted, i wasn’t going for the top-of-the-line stuff…it’s a mudroom, so i was looking for something functional, that would stay in one spot, that wouldn’t show dirt, and that would still look kinda cool. (let’s just say much better than the indoor/outdoor plastic carpet squares that mr. re-nest was jokingly trying to talk me into!)

this weekend ended up being the weekend. a couple of things prompted it:

1. i was tired of having random carpet squares floating in the mudroom (because i should have mentioned that to “test” them out, we threw a couple out in the mudroom a l-o-n-g time ago, “just to see.”) ugh.

2. the mudroom closet was becoming an eye-sore. literally, my eyes hurt every time i opened it. mostly because i was petrified that if i got a coat out of the closet in just the right way, that a tennis racket + a lifetime supply of light bulbs were going to come crashing on my head.

3. i had a rare, open portion of time when little mr. re-nest #1 was occupied, and little mr. re-nest #2 was napping, so i seized it. 

i will tell you, installing the flor tiles was very easy…they give you these awesome adhesive stickers that you use to make sure the tiles stick together (without any adhesive on the floor), and basically all you need besides that is a really, really sharp utility knife and a square. 

between the cleaning out the closet, laying the flor tiles + adding my last little touch of wall decor, in an afternoon, our mudroom got a nice little spruce up, don’t you think?


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