Welcome to Week One of the $100 Room Challenge!!
I’m so fired up for this challenge, the brainchild of Erin at Lemons, Lavender & Laundry!!! As you might have guessed 🙂 the idea is to complete a space makeover in a month’s time with a wee budget of $100. Erin has completed several rooms in her home this way, and inspired a whole bunch of bloggers to join the challenge with her!
I’ll be sharing with you the makeover of my mudroom, which is really a glorified closet/utility room/dumping spot for ALL THE THINGS. Isn’t it lovely??
The quick backstory on this space if you’re new here.
When our kids were 6, 8 and 10 we downsized from a big, young house with lots of bells and whistles to this 80s fixer upper, a basic colonial that needed a lot of updating. One of the quirky things about this house was a utility room built into the 2 car garage.
Underneath the room was a storage space. We had to take the doors off of this for Mark to be able to pull his car in.
As soon as we moved in, Mark wanted to rip this crazy overhanging utility room thing out.
UMMMM – 3 kids? Winter in Massachusetts? Jackets, boots, hats, mittens?
IT WAS THE MUDROOM OF MY DREAMS!!
Well, almost. Let’s just say I could see it’s potential.
Check out the sweet lighting.
It wasn’t very pretty, but after a whole lot of primer, paint, beadboard wallpaper and organization…..
it became not only a dropping zone for all of our outdoor gear, but also the spot for our dog’s bowls and leash, a wrapping station, a recycle center, and a place for me to clean up from all the home improvement projects that have ensued since we moved here.
Hands down the hardest room ever to photograph by the way.
I also had an electrician add a ceiling light so we could say goodbye to the clip-on lights that were previously gracing this space #classy and painted the grubby stairs coming up from the garage (twice).
They currently look like this…..
The flat door leading into the house got some trim and the wall between this door and the door to the mudroom got a floor-to-ceiling bulletin board (made out of styrofoam I had on hand).
So why makeover this space for the $100 Room Challenge????
Our mudroom started out so strong once I painted and organized it, and it did function really well for us for a long time. Almost 7 years have gone by now, and our little munchkins are all in high school.
The cute little mudroom slowly became a dumping ground while real life took over, and this winter it officially morphed into THE ROOM OF INSANITY.
I know. I’m actually putting these pictures out into the internet. I have no pride. We should be on Hoarders. But hey! Cute wrapping paper right?!!
Did I mention the sink pipe burst and it hasn’t been fixed in over a year? Yeah. We’ve got issues people.
SOOOOO – it’s clearly time to rethink this utility room/mudroom of ours and make it more functional and attractive.
• Plumber, plumber, anyone know a plumber? (Oh – I do! Heyyyyyyy brother…love ya lots…)
• Build boot and shoe storage
• Repurpose the wrapping paper area into a super awesome space for this DIY momma
• Figure out how to hide all the things we need to store in here that make my eyeballs hurt (build doors for shelves?)
• Give the floors a fresh coat of paint and sealer
Shouldn’t be too hard for $100, right? 🙂
I’m still working through all the thoughts swirling in my head about this space so I didn’t make a design board, but if you need some gorgeous mudroom inspiration check out my Mudroom Pinterest board (because this is all the pretty I can offer you today)!
I’ll be back each Wednesday of March with my progress on this quirky little space, and ways to make any entry, utility room or mudroom a little more functional!
Don’t miss all the other room challenges being taken on today – you will be amazed what these bloggers accomplish with $100 and a month’s time!!