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Make a mini mud room

05 Sep 2018

How many hours of your life do you think you spend cleaning up the mess and muddy footprints around the exterior doors of your home – the shoes, dog leashes, coats and umbrellas? Keep your entrance clean and organised with a mini mud room, finished in Resene paints.

In large houses, mud rooms are usually located at a back entrance, but they can also be at the front door or be part of a veranda or conservatory. Mud rooms are hardworking spaces – and even the tiniest version will help keep the house clean and organised. If you love the idea of a mud room but can’t dedicate a whole room to this purpose, try a mud cupboard.

The drawers and hanging space of old manrobes or wardrobes make them ideally suited to this project.

This upcycled cupboard was created by Sarah Heeringa for Good magazine and is painted in Resene Joanna with the draw fronts and the interior in Resene New Denim Blue and Resene Blackboard Paint. For extra finesse the pot on top of the mud room is painted Resene Seachange. The whole effect contrasts nicely with the bold door painted in Resene Nelson Red.

You will need

  • An old manrobe or wardrobe
  • Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat
  • Resene Lustacryl waterborne enamel in colours of your choice.
  • Resene Blackboard Paint
  • Medium-sized paintbrushes
  • Chalk
  • Cloths

Step 1: Remove drawers and unscrew handles (or you could paint handles to match for a seamless effect). Wipe all paintable surfaces with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Paint all surfaces with Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat. Allow to completely dry.

Step 3: Topcoat all surfaces using Resene Lustacryl waterborne enamel. Generally, it is best to avoid painting drawer runners as this can cause them to jam, but loose drawers can sometimes be painted. Allow to dry and apply a second coat as necessary.

Step 4: Paint panels on to the drawer fronts using Resene Blackboard Paint. Allow to dry.

Step 5: Use chalk to write labels on the drawer fronts, before reassembling and filling your super-handy new mud cupboard.

Top tip: Match your mud cupboard to its surroundings. Sarah painted the cabinet with Resene Joanna and Resene New Denim Blue to match the veranda.

Images Amanda Reelick

As seen in Good magazine. For more projects visit

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