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I have been putting off the mudroom since we moved in almost two years ago. It’s one of the only rooms in the house that hasn’t been touched what so ever. It’s dirty and grimy and even the light fixture is covered in cobwebs. I can’t believe I’m admitting that to the Internet. The good news, I started scrubbing it down today to prep for paint! I’m going with my tried and true Polar Bear White from Behr Paint.
Laundry Room Design Inspiration
I’ve been Pinning away the mud rooms/laundry rooms of my dreams. They all feel fresh and fun (nothing like our current mud room). I love the storage solutions, the fun tile and the use of wood shelves. Because we enter from outside into this room, I really want it to give off a good first impression of our home. I want it to welcome us each and every time we walk through the door!
The Current State of the Mud Room
Originally, this room was likely a breakfast room. It sits off the kitchen, but also includes a door to our driveway and a door to one of the parlors. The previous owners installed plumbing for the washer and dryer in this room, but it’s a bit awkward as they are in plain sight and this room gets a ton of foot traffic. There are floor to ceiling windows in this room, too. The dryer actually sticks out in front of the window, which is a nightmare, but there isn’t much we can do without making a large financial investment to purchase a stackable washer/dryer and move the plumbing, so the washer and dryer stays! All of these beautiful laundry rooms have me scared to show you ours, but here she is! In a few weeks time, this space will be Instagram worthy.
Budget Mud Room Makeover Design Plan
Now that you have seen my mud room in all it’s disgusting glory, let’s get to the fun part! The mud room design plan. I really want this space to feel bright and clean, similar to the way our entry feels. I also want it to blend into the rest of our home because right now, it sticks out like a sore, dirty thumb. I’m going to use fresh white paint, a vintage rug, some natural wood elements, black accents (of course, black), and some mixed materials like rattan and wicker to bring in a vintage vibe. Working with the layout is by far the biggest challenge. I really need to spend time thinking through where I’m going to place everything. Oh, and I’m racking my brain with what to do with the dog crate. Porter loves his crate so we can’t take it away from him!
Get the Fresh Laundry Room Look
Here is my shopping list from Wayfair to create the look above! Wayfair is always my go to for finding anything home decor wise. They have a crazy good selection at great prices.
I live in Western Michigan, and I really really want to paint our mud room white! However, my husband thinks it’s a terrible idea as we have a 70 pound fluffy dog (who brings in pounds of leaves that get stuck in his tail) and we’re outdoor freaks -so lots of mud and dirt gets left in the small space. Also, in the winter time lots boots and winter clothes fill the space. It’s well organized for a small space. My thought is to just paint it when he’s gone for a long trip in Europe. What are your thought or tips about keeping a white mud room clean? Since you live a bit north of me I feel you would have a bit of good sound advice! Thanks!
So far so good! We also have a huge dog (He’s 105 lbs & sheds like it’s his job). Our floor is always covered in hair & mud, but the walls are fine 🙂