Hey friends! OOOHHHHH I am so excited for today’s post because I have joined the $100 room challenge to complete a Mudroom Makeover . I have committed to makeover a room in my house aaannndd stay within a $100 budget. That is a tall order, and a tight budget, but I am confident that I can get it done. After all, I am the girl with champagne taste and a tight budget! This challenge was created by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, and I am thrilled to be a part of it all. The room I have chosen to make over is my mudroom. I have until the last Wednesday of March to reveal this room, so that gives me about 4 weeks to get it done. I chose to do this mudroom makeover because I have really been feeling like it is so dark and dreary, and I want to brighten it up. And because I think I can do this within my allotted budget. You can see this space the way it looks right now below.
The story of my mudroom progress so far
And this next picture is the way the space looked when we first bought the house. So, as you can see, I have done an initial makeover to the space. That was almost 4 years ago. I ripped up the carpet and linoleum (gross!), and I installed brown paper floors. I then painted the walls and the door that leads to the garage. I do want to mention that all of these pictures were taken with an older camera, so the quality is not very good, sorry for that.
This is a picture of the floors after they were finished, but before I finished the trim. If you are thinking about trying floors like this, I also wrote a post one year later about how they were holding up, so you might want to check it out as well. These floors had really held up remarkably well, but they are showing some wear. But to be honest, the wear doesn’t really bother me much, I think it kind of gives it character. I will say though that when we go to sell this home, we do plan to install new flooring in this space because not all buyers will appreciate these. But that will be down the road a way, so it isn’t going to be part of this makeover.
Here is the space after I painted the walls and the floor and trim was finished, but before I painted the door black and changed out the ceiling light.
I simply removed the globe from the old light, and attached a drum shade to what was left of the existing light. This is staying, but I will be tweaking it slightly.
In this next photo, everything is finished but the door, which I painted black. I am still debating as to whether I want to paint the laundry closet doors and the door leading to the bathroom black as well. I’m going to have to make a decision soon, right? What is your opinion?
This is another little corner of the space that is right outside of my son’s bathroom (which is currently undergoing a remodel). I have an old vintage trunk that I will be making over to go in this corner, and it is going to be awesome! I also have a vintage mirror that I will be hanging on the wall here. The bar you see at the top of the doorway to the left is a bar that my husband uses to work out. Sorry ladies, but it has to stay. I don’t love the way it looks, but this summer when we are in Hawaii I think I’m gonna be loving the results, if you know what I mean! Ha!
This black bench and wall shelf are going to be the biggest part of the transformation of this space, because I am painting them white, and adding some beadboard wallpaper to this wall so that they will look more like built ins. I am also having a cushion made for this bench using black and white buffalo plaid fabric. So I am really excited to see this transformation!
My inspiration for the Mudroom Makeover
This mudroom below is an example of the look I am going for with my bench and shelf above. I have ordered some beadboard wallpaper to hang on the wall between the two, and everything will be painted the same color to give it more of a look of a built-in, but it won’t be built in like this one below. Does that make sense?
I have another small wall that I would like to do a version of what you see in the photo below. Our garage door opens into this wall, so I don’t have as much width as this, but I want to mimic this look, and use more of the beadboard wallpaper to make it match the other space.
I will be using buffalo plaid black and white fabric for a bench cushion. I have a blogger friend, Carol, who blogs over at The Red Painted Cottage, and she has agreed to sew this for me, because unfortunately, I do not sew. I have already ordered the fabric and it is being shipped to her.
I will be using baskets to fill in all of the nooks. Generally these baskets contains hats, gloves and scarves in the winter, and then I switch them out in the summer for things that we use when we go to the pool or the lake.
My husband brought this antique trunk home to me as a surprise over a year ago, and it has been sitting in my garage waiting to receive some love ever since. Well, this challenge has inspired me to get off of my butt and do something with this fabulous trunk that has so much potential.
And below is a picture of what kind of treatment I am going to do with the trunk. Once it is all finished it will be used to store blankets and pillows that my kids are constantly using when they have sleepovers. I constantly have a barrage of blankets and pillows laying in the family room right off of the mudroom with no real place that they belong. So now they will have a home, and mama will be very happy about that.
A few months ago, my parents gave me an old antique mirror that was upstairs in their attic. They said it was there when they bought the house that I grew up in. I gladly took it, and soon it will find a home hanging above the trunk I am making over. This image of old mirrors below puts me in the mindset of what my mirror looks like. I also have a piece of vintage art I purchased at a thrift store that I have already made over and it will be hung in the space as well. It is complete, but I’m keeping it as a bit of a surprise for this space, although if you follow me on Instagram, I have shared it there (ssshhhhh)!
My To Do List for the Mudroom Makeover
- Paint and distress antique trunk
- Paint bench and shelf white
- Paint laundry closet doors ( undecided as to what color)
- hang antique mirror
- upcycle some thrift store art for the space
- Add some bling to the drum shade
- Hang beadboard wallpaper and paint it white
- Install trim and hooks to small wall area behind door leading to garage
- Add a cushion to the bench
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I will be back next Wednesday, and every Wednesday this month with progress posts. And on the last Wednesday in March will be the big reveal of my Mudroom Makeover , so I do hope you will stick around and see the progress I make in this mudroom makeover! I am really excited about these changes. Now, there are a whole slew of other bloggers who are also participating in this $100 Room challenge, so make sure to check out their spaces as well!