We moved into our home 5 years ago. I distinctly remember the time, but not the details. I had just given birth to our first child 2 weeks earlier. Ever since we set foot into our home, there has been one room that gave us grief. We meant to get to it sooner. We really did. But then life happened…you know how it goes. So here’s the story of our laundry and mudroom remodel.
So our mudroom-slash-laundry room has long been the bane of our existence. Don’t get me wrong. It was functional. Just not for our family. Let me explain. The family that occupied this space before our time had 4 children, 2 adults, a dog and at least one cat. One of the walls was lined with hooks. Not one row, but 2 rows of them spanning 10 feet each. Plenty of space for every coat, hat, bag, and random umbrella, right?
(I don’t know about you, but I have noticed a direct correlation between the number of empty spaces, and the items that will inevitably end up filling those spaces before you even notice. If you need to know anything about me it’s that I’m just not down with that. )
Then there was the really interesting linoleum floor which played off nicely to the contrasting wall color; and the popcorn ceiling – that ode to the late 1990’s. Let’s not forget the closet that had a constantly broken door no one was able to fix.
And honestly, after being beat up by two full families for years this room needed a face lift. Stat!
When we finally met with our designer (a friend) from Elegance Custom Cabinetry we realized there were some other functional improvements we could make as well. Our current mudroom bench, for instance, was rarely used per its practical designation due to three factors.
Its position created a super narrow hallway which naturally corralled everyone out of that space and into our kitchen; it was slightly taller than ideal for our little kids to use comfortably; and the space was so narrow that it was permanently occupied by other things constantly dropped there because (you guessed it!) there was nowhere else to put it.
Before and After Shots
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so without derailing any longer here are the before shots we took of the mudroom / laundry room.
To solve the problem, we decided to knock out the small closet to make space for a new custom designed bench and shelving units.
We selected a darker stain for the mudroom bench for aesthetic and practical reasons. I felt it played off better against the stark white of the cabinets and would hide any scuffs better.
During the cabinet build-and-design process, our designer also recommended to add another touch to the cabinets.
That’s how we ended up with shiplap.
And I cannot tell you just how much I love that we made that design choice. I feel like it added the perfect touch of rustic and modern to bring the whole thing together.
Due to the ergonomic design, size, and built-in functionality it actually felt like this room almost doubled in size. To add to that factor, we selected a lighter modern ceramic tile made for high traffic areas and a modern light and cool gray on the walls. We also removed the popcorn ceiling in the room.
I love how bright and clean the room feels now! Having 2 growing active boys, 2 equally active adults, and a dog, we go through a lot of laundry.
Sometimes it feels like a never-ending cycle!
It sure makes it much more fun and exciting to wash and fold dozens of tiny pants and shirts in a fresh and beautiful space.
The Decorative Touches
Since the laundry room and the mudroom share a space in our home, I wanted to create some sort of a separation visually. I did this by using 2 different rugs to cover the floor space. Near the garage entryway we have a transitional style rug. I love that I could find a rug that works for dirty boots, is light in color and cleans up easy. Double points for price and design! You can get them in different size combinations as well.
The one I selected next to the washer and dryer is a perfect match for the modern gray silver undertones. And it’s low profile so the door isn’t getting caught on it!
Even the wool dryer balls we use instead of the dyer sheets now (btw, LOVE!) compliment the colors perfectly. And the laundry comes out smelling amazing every time because we use essential oils with every load. Fir needle is my fav! We use these oils, but you can certainly use any you like.
I thought a perfect way to liven this space up a bit would be to bring in a giant plant we found at Home Goods (this store could be seriously addicting, btw). It also did a great job of covertly covering up the dryer and washer hookup at the back. Unfortunately this room doesn’t have any windows, so I felt we had to opt for the faux plants instead of the real deal.
Then I searched high and low for a perfect sign to bring all the elements together and found this amazing sign on Amazon for less than quarter of the price I’d have to pay to have it custom made. Unfortunately, it looks like it was limited inventory, but I found many great other ones for you here.
I still felt like something was missing, so I had this little wooden sign custom made. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it.
No home remodel for our family goes without a few trips to IKEA. So my awesomely amazing find I was most excited about is this gorgeous mirror. I am honestly not sponsored by IKEA (I WISH!!) and get nothing from them, but I do love this mirror!
I will spare you the details of the coordination it took to actually purchase it, get it into our home and have it hung up. But I would do it all over again.
In fact, we will likely purchase it for our master bedroom as well. I will say though, that this mirror is as heavy as it looks, so make sure you have a professional hanging it up if you decide you absolutely need one of these!
Lastly, I purchased these gorgeous mason jar scones here and I absolutely love them. They have fairy lights I can turn on when I don’t feel like putting the lights on and they add such a magical touch. Perfect for any season, right?!
As I’m looking at the finished space, I’m still wondering if I need to add some more quirky touches for the wall behind the washer and dryer. I am also considering adding wall drying rack for those little things I would like to dry out of the way.
Thanks so much for reading! I was really looking forward to writing this post. This is my husband’s and mine first real remodel together, albeit a tiny one. We are thrilled with the final result! This project spurred on a number of great and exciting ideas for next year!
P.S. Some readers have asked me where we got all the hardware for the cabinets and our tile. We visited several local stores, but honestly found the best selection for the style and budget we wanted at Home Depot and Menards locally.