Ding ding!  Time’s up!

Today is week 6 of the One Room Challenge Linking Event.  That means it is Reveal Day!  I can’t even believe how quickly six weeks went by.  There were challenges, but it has all been worth it.  My husband was a real trooper, helping out much more than I originally thought I would need (silly me thought I could do it all on my own!).  I owe him a huge thanks, especially for his patience as he lived with the mess that lived outside the mudroom while inside the mudroom was being made all pretty.  And, of course, a huge Thank You is due to Linda for hosting this event at Calling it Home.  Be sure to visit and check out all of the participants.

If you’re here for the first time, you can see the progression of the mudroom makeover from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.

Let’s see what we started with:

Mudroom - left wall

Mudroom – left wall

A messy messy mudroom!

Mudroom - Right wall

Mudroom – Right wall

Bathroom access is also through the mudroom.


What is all that STUFF?!

And now, here’s what we’ve got!

Mudroom w Chandelier

Mudroom 2

Mudroom Gallery Wall

We reused our old hooks, but my husband added another layer to the trim under the hooks to dress it up a bit.  I hemmed and hawed about how to hang the boys’ art, but finally decided to cover the interior of some black frames with burlap and use pushpins to hold the art.  We mounted the frames using Command Velcro Strips, so they hang flush against the wall.

Mudroom Backpacks

We added a lower piece of moulding with hooks so the boys can hang their own backpacks and coats.  Hopefully they will, after a bit of training!

Mudroom Chandelier

I purchased the natural fiber roman shade for the window, which was really needed to help complete the space.  We reused our old dining room chandelier to replace the Schoolhouse Electric one.  I love it because it is so unexpected!  But really, every room needs a chandelier, right?!

Mudroom Bench

I reorganized the bench – and slid the boys’ shoe basket into the middle opening.  The side baskets hold all the ball caps and winter gear.  I also covered the cushion in a fun pinkish fabric.  I cleared off all the clutter, went through the diaper bags, and consolidated down to one purse.  WooHoo!  Confession here: I stole the pillows off my living room sofa.  At the last minute I thought pillows would really help the bench situation (and help cover the imperfections in my sewing!). I’ll either look for a different set of pillows for the sofa, or a different set for the bench.  Decisions!

Mudroom Pillow

We kept the same piece of art on this wall – a painting of an old Washington, D.C. gas station my husband remembers from “back in the day”.

Mudroom Bath Door

Mudroom House Art

On the other wall I had a local artist, Neil M. Shawen, paint the exterior of our home.  It was an anniversary gift for my husband this year, and we had it framed and hung for the mudroom makeover.

Mudroom Hall View

Here’s what the room looks like as you enter from the back door.  So much better!


I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  The main objective of the makeover was to be budget-friendly.  I reused a lot (the rug, chandelier, the bench and baskets) and gave somethings a facelift (the cushion, painted the walls and ceiling) and purchased a few things (the window shade, the lower row of hooks, the new art, the kids’ art gallery frames).  The biggest cost was time and patience, but it was well worth it.  I now feel like we have a room that stands up to the rest of the house.  It is finally presentable to guests, an important thing since it is one of the first rooms people see when they enter our home.

Now, let’s just see how long we can keep it looking like this!  That is the true challenge!

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Now I’m off to check out all the other great One Room Challenge linking reveals!



Linda at Calling it Home has coordinated a great bunch of design related bloggers into redoing one room in six weeks.  She’s opened it up for others to participate as a linking participant, and I’m accepting the challenge.


We usually enter the house through our back door.  It’s the most easily accessible entry into our home (near the driveway, off the busier front street, etc).  Once through the back door, immediately to the right is the mudroom.



The mudroom is tiny.  Standing in the entrance (such as the view above), the powder room is to the right, and there is a wall of hooks on the left.  We’ve situated a Pottery Barn bench under the window.

I’m attacking this One Room Challenge two ways: first, it must be budget friendly; second, it is not long-long term.  Ideally, down the road when we finish all of our other projects, I’d like my husband to create a built-in along the left wall, where the hooks are currently situated.  But, that might be a year or two down the road.  So, in the meantime, I’d like to make this room more presentable since it is what is seen by anyone who enters the house.

Here are some other views of the current mess… err… situation.

Mudroom - left wall

Mudroom – left wall

Can you tell we have some Redskins fans in the house?!  And an abundance of shoes…

Mudroom - Right wall

Mudroom – Right wall

I like to use this room to hang my sons’ artwork.  But I’d like to come up with something nicer than Scotch tape to hold them up!

The bench is just a hot-mess of purses, diaper bags, backpacks (oh — that’s just the top!).  The two baskets are overflowing with miscellaneous I-don’t-even-know-what. The lower middle portion holds more junk.

This room needs a major clean up and facelift!

Here are some dreamy mudrooms that inspire me:

Maybe I love this because it’s … empty!

My dream built-in.  It has drawers!!!  AND cupboards!

House Beautiful


I love this because it is realistic.  This is a lived-in mudroom!

Dramatic color!

My plans for this room involve adding some color, massive organization, and creating a nice kids gallery.  We’ll see if anything else happens in the next six weeks!  Stay tuned!

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