Our house has a mud room off of the north side of the building. I believe that it was originally intended as a covered porch from the fact that the walls are almost completely large windows. The room has a concrete floor, with no drain, and since the windows don't seal perfectly, the room gets dirty quick. We also have pine trees around that side of the house and I am always tracking in needles. I used a few door mats to cover the main area that everyone walks on, but it still doesn't look very good. I am trying to decide what to do to make the room look better and to make it easier to clean. This room is the first thing that most people see when they enter my home; I have to make it look better.

I began the process of making the mud room look better by cleaning and scraping the walls. The paint wasn't horrible, but it was painted pure white which made every single chip and smudge stand out. After scrapping, my wife and I applied two coats of a crème colored paint. The new color really helps, but the uniform paint job makes the most difference. Now I have to focus on the floor. The paint just makes it look worse.

I have been toying with the idea of tiling the floor. I believe that this would look the best of all of my options, but the cost is very high. The room isn't very large, but the cost of leveling the entire surface as well as the cost of the tile will add up quickly.

My second thought for the floor is to paint it. I have seen a few painted concrete floors and they look good if the surface is uniform and in good repair. My concrete is not level and has been patched a few times creating areas that look bad. These areas will only look worse if I paint them, I fear.

My final idea is to use carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are relatively inexpensive and I will only need about 48 of them to completely cover the concrete. These tiles are self-adhesive and should hide the fact that the surface is not level. They should also be easy to clean with my shop-vac. I am also toying with the idea of buying about a dozen extra to use to replace the ones that wear out the fastest.