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Mudroom Makeover and A Humiliating “Before and After”

Tackling a messy little embarrassing corner of your house can inspire you to turn a sad space into one of your favorite spots in the place! My mudroom was an eyesore of clutter and disorganization but after cleaning up and putting everything in it’s home, I found I couldn’t stop and went on to also make it pretty.

Ok, want to see what it looked like before?
Ugh, piles of shoes, shopping sacks, paper towel stash, cardboard boxes on their way out the back door, this place was a disaster and probably a fire hazard. The built-ins in this mudroom were one of the reasons I fell in love with this house and seeing them piled up with clutter everyday was really bringing me down. It was time to take action. First I paid Clare a dollar to wash the back door. OUTSOURCING RULES! Then I organized all of the shoes in Martha Stewart Living Fabric Drawers from Home Depot. I also created a bin for all of the hats and one for sunblock, diapers and other essentials that I always find myself grabbing on my way out the door. If you need a place to store your drawers, there are also nice storage units in the collection.

I cut foam to size and covered it in some beautiful Anna Maria Velveteen. Here are some beautiful home dec weight fabrics that might work in your home.

The kids are obsessed with sitting in the mudroom now. Maybe they will even start putting their shoes in bins. I have a few fun ideas for labeling the bins but that will be phase two.

A $15 ceramic pot from Ross got a fresh coat of paint to match the decor. And my little brown pot holds my favorite gardening tools for easy access.

I covered a small magnetic board with some of my own fabric to have a pretty spot to keep important notes by the door.


And the space above served as open storage for some of our favorite things like vintage suitcases, the vases we made, and toys and books.

Ahhh, that feels good. I smile every time I walk by. What small project would you love to tackle in your home?

A big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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