Another week and another room I am sharing! Today is all about the Laundry and mudroom tour and ideas – Room By Room series week 7.
Over the course of the summer myself and a group of bloggers have been going room by room, sharing the details, reveals, or plans for specific rooms. Most of them are pretty after pictures with tons of ideas. Today, with me sharing my laundry room and mudroom this is not the case. So, this is not going to be the most inspirational post, I will leave that to the other lovely rooms by my blogger friends shared at the bottom of this post.
Our laundry room is the first room we walk into from the garage, and that room opens into the long hallway. I added a mudroom nook to this space two years ago and love the results as far as functionality! I also made a barn door, tiled and added some upper cabinets in here. All DIY projects in this room will be shared with full links at the bottom of this post. I want to apologize for the lack of any wide shots of this room. Look, summer happened, my kids are home all day, clothes are getting dirtied at an alarming rate, and I am barely holding on. A shiny and picture ready laundry room was not happening. I hope to update this post once I have a cleaned up laundry room. Wich me good luck in getting that to happen!
Here is where things will get real, I am not 100% happy with the mudroom space. It functions great to hold my kids backpacks and their homework. How I envisioned they would use this space is not how it is being used though. So I am planning on revising this mudroom, or as we call it “the organization station”. Let this be proof that I am far from a professional decorator and do make mistakes as well. Life happens, my style changes, our needs change slightly and I am left with a mudroom/laundry room that is not quite right in terms of style or function. Even after tweaking portions of it. I am not there yet, and will be correcting these mishaps.
When I planned for this nook I figured my kids would sit here and put on their shoes or snow gear. No matter how many times I have tried to encourage this, it does not happen. I had initially wanted to make this into three narrow cubbies or lockers with storage on top and multiple hooks per kid. But with the smaller space here it would limit the bench use. My kids don’t use the bench anyways.
The plans for the mudroom nook-
- Take down the board and batten (Nothing wrong with it, I am just not happy with the super country feel it gives the space)
- Add three tall lockers from the bench all the way up to the ceiling. Giving me tons of storage!
- Potentially add a ladder that can slide to reach a cubby towards the top of the lockers where I will keep off season hats, gloves and scarves
The one thing I will be keeping is the practice of having a place for my kids to put their nightly and/or weekly homework. These little wall organizers have helped so much in keeping things organized. I am sure it also prevented a lot of lost homework assignments. The thing I will be changing is the style of the room, I like elements of a farmhouse feel. But once this final look was done, it felt very country to me. I want to clean up the lines, colors, and soften it all. The stark light colors with the dark wood tones feels overwhelming for this very small room.
Let’s be real, this is a laundry room and mudroom, which with the best of efforts will never be completely picked up. It is chaos central, and also the main entryway into the home we use from the garage. I want to soften this room, add a ton of usable storage and minimize the decor. Keeping things simple is the best for a space like this.
We built the boxes for their shoes to go in. All of my kids shoes are kept here. I found myself asking them to move them from the floor of the laundry room (where they threw them off when walking in the door), putting them in these boxes. Then asking them to move the same shoes into their closets. I cut out one step and their shoes are all stored in here. This will be staying the same because the system works perfectly for us right now. I know when my kids get bigger feet all of their shoes fitting here will not be possible. For now I have small kids with tiny feet and it is a happy shoe storage set-up.
The laundry room side of it…. where do I even start? I was all for getting this room to function better. As anyone that frequently reads this blog knows that I LOVE adding function to my home. But, once I put new tile down, this room became usable again, so the heat to get it done was off. But, I have decided to tackle this again!
The plans for the laundry room-
- Add a counter top over the washer and dryer to fold clothes or keep baskets
- Make open shelving to go on either side of the cabinets and in the center
- Add a tile back splash to this wall
- Design and make a custom hanger holder
- Design and make two separate hampers with wheels
Plans for the room in general
- Add planks to the ceiling
- Add thin wood beams
- New light
- New garage door hardware
So there you have it, the good, the bad, and the ill-planned out Laundry and mudroom tour and ideas – Room By Room series week 7. People always ask me how I can still have rooms to decorate and content to write about. This room is proof of that. Yes, it works, technically. I want to improve the function, storage, and of course there is a ton to improve upon in terms of style to. Taking it from basic to “wow”. This is the secondary entrance into our home, and in winter this is the entrance people use a lot, leaving their winter boots in the garage. Time to up the pretty in this tired and forgotten room!
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Here is the DIY projects featured in my laundry/mudroom –