This month I am participating in the $100 Room Challenge and attempting to overhaul our quirky garage mudroom for, yes, under $100. Last week I shared a couple of progress pictures but I haven’t updated you much because WOW has this space been a mess. Honestly it kind of kills me to not share any pretty pictures along the way – but that is usually the reality of home improving – the process is not always that pretty!!
Next week is the big reveal, so I’m sucking it up and showing you the bad and the ugly, and a teensy bit of the beauty that is emerging from all the rubble.
I already spiffed up this space once, about 6 years ago and it looked like this:
It was cute and the little gift wrap station was timely when my kids were little and it seemed like they were going to classmate’s birthday parties every single week.
The problem was that I was trying to have this room serve TOO MANY FUNCTIONS.
Mudroom – arts & crafts storage – mop & bucket, vacuum, etc. storage – tool storage – and a place for everything that didn’t have a place. Plus the layout of the room was funky.
SO – we tore out the shelves…..
….and I am reusing the plywood from those shelves to build a bench with shoe and boot storage.
This utility room was pretty much just roughed out when we bought the house, so I have exposed plumbing pipes sticking out of the wall, and an ill-placed outlet to contend with. Another issue – 2 of the 4 walls in this room were built with plywood, and the other two are just sheetrocked. Hmmmmm. Not attractive.
On the opposite wall from this bench is a utility sink with shallow shelves above it. It used to look really cute with all my labeled arts and crafts boxes but currently looks like this (photo taken through the window with me on a ladder 🙂 )
I was going to use some of the plywood from the shelves I removed to build cabinet doors to hide all this mess, but then I came across an art project that had gone awry – this huge photo I mounted to MDF, let’s not talk about why the board is longer than the picture or how I did a terrible job Mod Podging the poster to the board. The cast-off MDF board has been sitting in my garage awaiting a new project along with…..
….this broken keyboard shelf I removed from a desk that I refinished (God forbid I throw anything away!!)
I chopped up the art-project-gone-awry and the keyboard shelf and they will get trimmed out and become cabinet doors.
Welcome to my fancy workshop by the way. When the garage door is open I can barely feel my hands…..brrrrrrr
To the right of the sink, the removal of the old shelves left this weird tall space with a shelf above it. I know it’s hard to envision but it’s this narrow area against the wall, beside the sink.
The little shelf above it will get a cabinet door, and the tall open space will become storage for the mop and broom.
This is what that tall open space looks like – drywall and more plumbing pipes sticking out. Lord help me. Maybe I should have just ripped this whole room down and started from scratch!!!!!
I went through all the wood scraps and leftovers from projects gone by that take up some major real estate in my garage, and tried to figure out what I could use for the mudroom, and I’m getting VERY creative with what I already have to work with.
So are your eyeballs hurting from all that craziness and disaster??
Here’s a peek at some of the goodness that is coming into this room!!
Trim – lots of trim.
And….a pretty bench! (that I had to stain in my kitchen because it’s been hovering around 26 degrees in Massachusetts for the last two weeks!!)
On the punch list between now and next Wednesday:
Install the bench
Finish installing baseboards and trim
Trim the cabinet doors, paint, install hinges and hang
Cover the drywall
Repaint the floor
Paint, paint, paint
Beautify, beautify, beautify
Do you think I’m nuts to try to pull this off by reusing what I already had and upcycling every thing I can get my hands on? Is there any chance I’m actually going to finish this room by next Wednesday???
Hedge your bets people. Come back and visit next Wednesday to see if I pulled it off!!
Thanks for visiting and hope you have a great day.
Check out all my $100 Room Challenge comrades and see how their spaces are coming along (surely a lot further than mine!!)