Smiling Mudroom

I fell in love with Ana's Smiling Mudroom plans and knew it was just a matter of time before I built it. I just made one tiny change, I substituted 10' deck boards (stained and sealed) for the seats instead of plywood, because I wanted a thicker surface. Check out my blog to follow along with the rest of the laundry room/mudroom renovation!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Painted white. Stained Dark Walnut and sealed with Waterlox clear coat.
Recommended Skill Level



Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:02

It looks great! I am hoping to get this made this spring and was going to do the same color combo you used. Like the idea of the thicker board for the seat that will work to stain. Thanks for the idea.

JessiW (not verified)

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 15:06

I just love this the two toned and I am thinking about doing this what stain color did you use for the bench part?

5 tator tots (not verified)

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 09:27

Wow! The "smiling mudroom" has been on our to do list for a couple of months. I love the look of the stain with painted wood. We have 5 children so a stained surface will hold up much better than a painted seat.

I'm just trying to decide on's a laundry/mud room and I want the "Sausha's Washer/Dryer Pedestals" to be black. Black might be too dark for the mudroom cubbies and I'm not sure if it would clash to have black on one painted piece and white on another.

Your mudroom is gorgeous, too pretty to be associated with the word mud!


Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:21

Can you share any more information about the wood used for the seat? We're looking to do something similar with a flip top bench and don't want to use plywood for it. Thanks.