The Mudroom: Painting White Brick and Black Doors

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Yesterday I shared the backstory behind the mudroom and my design inspiration for this space. But you guys… today I seriously can’t wait to show you how much different this space looks now that the brick has been painted. This transformation has been my favorite project so far and the room is still far from complete!

Painted Brick

Ironically enough, the brick was already painted before we started this makeover. One of the previous owners painted the brick an orangey color and the ceiling a beige color. Neither colors were my style and neither was doing anything to help this space appear as big as it is in real life. Enter my design inspiration and some serious need for bright white paint.

Can you even believe this is the same space?! I just can’t even. To say I’m obsessed with the white is quite the understatement.

Sherwin-Williams: Extra White

I picked out Sherwin-Williams Extra White (A100 Exterior Paint), the name itself sold me. Then my amazing dad (who is a professional painter by trade) primed and sprayed the brick and the ceiling using the Extra White. Because it was exterior paint with a latex base, I made sure to be out of the house when the painting happened.
You guys can probably imagine how many times I texted him to “send me pics!!” or “how’s it going?! Any pics yet?”. Poor guy!
When I came home for the big reveal, I was immediately in love with the pop of extra white in the room. It lived up to its name for sure! The color was perfect.

The mudroom felt bigger, lighter, and the ceilings seemed so much higher with the new color (taking down the huge lantern helped too).

Sherwin-Williams: Tricorn Black Emerald

But the best part is that this gorgeous paint transformation didn’t stop there! Using Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black Emerald (Satin), Big Mike painted all of the (many!) doors in here too.

It doesn’t even seem like the same space!! The black and white contrast is honestly better than I even expected. The floors aren’t even in and the room feels 1,000% more me. It’s so clean, fresh and bright.

The Progress Doesn’t Stop!

The only bad thing about this entire process is that once the paint was done, I wanted to start decorating immediately, but we still have to finish the floors. We finally decided on the perfect tile, which was harder than I expected because of the unexpected challenges that came with the current flooring situation.

But the great news is that the tile team has been busy working away and I should have an update for you guys next week!

But before you go, one last look at this dramatic transformation. Who knew a few gallons of paint could be such a game changer?!


  • It is crazy a little paint can make such a dramatic change! It looks fantastic!

    • Thanks Heather!! I can’t wait for you to see the tile!

  • It’s sooo good! Love the black doors, they are such a nice contrast to the white brick. It’s so mice to have this huge entryway to walk into before you go into the house, you are really going to appreciate this as your family grows! In our house we went with a cubby system with hooks so everyone has a designated spot for coats, shoes and bags. It has been a lifesaver for our family of 5! Can wait to see the floors!

    • You’re so sweet, thanks Kerri! And I agree…. having a “dropzone” will be so helpful, especially as our family grows.

  • Erin

    i love love love the bright white and black doors. Can’t wait to see the tiles!

  • Kaitlin M.

    This looks so amazing!! What a transformation, can’t wait to see what it will look like with the new tile! I’m giddy for you 🙂 Also love how you (aka your dad!) painted the exit door black but the surrounding window panes white to match the wall. I wouldn’t have thought of that but it looks so much more streamlined instead of having the door and side panels that old wood color!

    • Thanks Kaitlin! Keeping the sidelights white was actually an impromptu decision (thanks to my dad!) and I’m SO happy I went with his advice!!

  • Kara D

    This looks amazing! For the first time, I’m actually considering painting my own front door black! (it’s currently a turquoisey-teal, which after 4 years, I think it’s time for an update). I really like how it looks! Did you struggle trying to pick these shades out?

    • Thanks Kara! I researched a few black colors online and for the first time ever, didn’t even buy samples of this color and instead jumped in head first! That’s so not like me but from the photos I saw, I loved the color so much and knew it was “the one”. I’m thinking about bringing this to my front door (interior side) as well but I want to see the decor come together before making this decision. Stay tuned!

  • Ashley Sorrick

    Seriously SUCH a game changer! That area looks beautiful and I can’t wait to see what it will look like with new floors!

    • Thanks Ashley!! I can’t wait for you to see them either, they look SO different!

  • Marilyn

    It’s looking so great already! So fun seeing all of the changes you’re making to your new home!

  • This is looking so great! And so lucky to have a painting Dad!

    • I am SO lucky to have him and couldn’t do ANY of this without him!!

  • Susan

    You asked about suggestions for the window. How about taking out the block for a simple stain glass window. we did that in a house and it gave privacy without blocking light.