March 01, 2012

Cassie's house - the mudroom

While I'm out of town this week, my sweet sister is taking over and showing you the rest of her awesome home makeover.  Her name is Cassie and she'll be with you this week.  She'll check the comments, so feel free to leave her a note there.

This has to be one of my favorite rooms in our whole house....the mud room! I know you would think of quite a  few more before this but I LOVE that my house of boys can actually put their stuff away and if not I can close the door! The other reason is that my Dad and I did this one together.
Here's the before....

And here's the after....

We started with drywall and adding lights. This use to be one of those rooms that you hurry throw a load of laundry in and then RUN out!!! Let's be honest anything was an upgrade from before! Then we did the tile next. I found this at home depot on clearance and to make it a little more interesting we layed it in a brick pattern.
 Cheap and easy to clean from muddy boots and shoes. The next thing was shelving and storage.
 My family has a lot of shoes and they never get put away because a closet is apparently to hard to use. So we did an open wall of shoes and hooks just for that excuses! Everyone has their own hooks and shoe cubbies. The bench also opens up for seasonal stuff (like right now it holds swim stuff).
The next problem we have is actually folding laundry AND getting everyone to take their stuff and put it away. I thought I might as well solve that problem too.

We built shelving under this formica counter top (we found it in the remnant section). So that everyone has their own basket labeled (cut vinyl from the Silhouette) and ready to fill and I have a spot to fold and put it all. I know the other spots have baskets too for towels and sheets but my boys love to play in them so I couldn't find them, Sorry!

We also added a long pole over top for drying things. It was only a few dollars at Home Depot and SO worth it. There always seems to be something I don't want dried because lets be honest it's not me getting bigger it's totally the dryer!!!
We built up the washer and dryer with some left over wood from other projects. It matches the boys bunk bed and the kitchen walls. The bases are SO expensive for the front loaders that there's no way I would ever be able to get them so we built them instead for about $25 total. There is one other thing that I need to add to this room that I saw on a design show. That is to put a cute picture or dry erase board OVER the ugly junction box. It covers it up and makes it useful!
So there is our mud room!  I can no longer be scared with its nasty spiders and who knows what else! I can willingly go in and get things done! Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow is feature Friday and I am going to show you how to store your Lego's in your toy room and not the garbage (although it's tempting!)


  1. COVET. I love the idea of a mudroom taking over the functions of both a laundry room and hall closet, since most laundry rooms are so tiny, and a hall closet just encourages shoes to be left in the hall.

  2. Oh my! This is awesome! I love the built in laundry basket storage! Saving this post for future reference for sure!

  3. Wow- you've covered so many functions in there! I live in Florida, and for some reason, Florida builders don't build coat closets(seriously- I guess they think we don't own coats since it's Florida!), much less mud rooms or separate laundry rooms. I'd love to have a space like that. If we ever move, I think I'll have to steal some of your ideas!

  4. Love the red washer and dryer!
    Can't wait for lego storage tomorrow. I have a system that is working pretty good I blogged about it here:
    But I am always looking for better or easier ways.
    Thanks for sharing, I have enjoyed seeing your house.

  5. This is gorgeous! I'm having serious mudroom envy.

  6. That room is amazing! I have a great laundry/mud room that severely needs a facelift. Yours has given me a boatload of ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow, just wow! The room (& your house) looks amazing! Your dad is quite the handyman and you are so creative. I've really enjoyed taking a look at your house this week.

  8. I love the organization! I'm very messy and also a bit lazy, so if I had baskets for each person it would totally help me to focus and be neater, it would also help my boys with putting away. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  9. I love the laundry baskets! I need to do this for my brood.

  10. I'm sorry if I missed it, but what are the dimensions of this room? One of the things I dislike about our current home is the lack of a mudroom. I have been asking if we can section off part of the garage for a nice entry, but we weren't sure how much room we'd need. This space looks fantastic-great job!

    And Lego storage tomorrow?!? YIPPEE! Ours make me want to lash out irrationally.

  11. Totally love your baskets for the folded washing and the fact that you have labelled them. I'm hanging out for the 'Silhouette' to be sold in Australia I have a million and one things I want labelled and with four kids you can imagine the chaso when it comes to laudry time.

    I'm looking forward to the lego storage we seriously need it at my house.

    Thanks Megan

  12. functionally fabulous! amazing

  13. Legos are definitely in my future as we're expecting our first (boy) in April, so I'm excited to see what you do! I always hated stepping on legos when I was little. Ouch! And that mudroom is beautiful. Another thing I've seen to cover up the electrical box is put a canvas with hinges around it. Then you can open it up when you need to, but a white board would be more functional probably! :)

  14. Fantastic makeover! do share you're electrical panel cover-up, because ours is right in the middle of our kitchen and I needed to do something about it like, 4 years ago when we moved in!!

  15. Love this! I can see why it is your favorite room - I have one of those that I run in and get out of as quick as I can. Looking forward to the Lego storage tomorrow!

  16. Any chance we could get details of what it took to build the base for the washer and dryer?

  17. Wow, thats soooo great.
    Corina from germany

  18. I agree with La Pouka. I'd be interested in that!

  19. Really nice foresight and design. The red washers look great, btw!

  20. I think this would be my favorite room too! I like that you left the counter top open for folding clothes. How NICE is that? Love it. You did a great job. I really want a room like this when and if we ever get into a house. :)

  21. looks wonderful!! i have the same washers and love them! red is so fun! and thank you for showing you keep your detergent on top of the washer. my husband acts like i'm a freak for leaving ours out like that! LOL

  22. Hi Cheri, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  23. Found you through a friend. What a fun blog you have!
    *added to blog roll*

    Thanks for the bedtime giggles.

  24. Oh my! This is awesome! I love the built in laundry basket storage! Saving this post for future reference for sure!

    Lily @

  25. I love your post!
    We built shelves in my new laundry room because I loved
    your idea so much. Only problem... I cannot find sturdy, large
    laundry baskets. Many stores sell odd shaped/sized laundry
    baskets now... I need 6 like you have. Please help! :)
    I thought that building the shelves would be the difficult part:)

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