Before and after -- the laundry/mud room reveal
Whoohoo, the reveal day is here -- I'm done with the laundry and mud room makeover! The main goal of these updates was to add more functional storage, and I definitely accomplished that.
And even with all of that new storage, this has become the prettiest room in the house! It is so lovely! Marrying form and function is my favorite thing.
Before I share a million pictures, let's recap where we started and what I've added over the past couple of months. You can see my plan to add more storage to this mud/laundry room combo here.
This side of the room was where I focused most of my time:
We had the countertop to start with, and I added a curtain around the bottom to hide the kitty litter.
Problem was, the counter was usually a MESS of stuff that didn't have a home or needed to go out to the garage:
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So I had a couple of upper cabinets moved over to this spot, and I installed the four base cabinets with drawers:
I later installed that gorgeous herringbone countertop, added some much needed character to the front of those cabinets, then installed the tile and shelves:
I decided early on that I would need to fill in that space above the cabinets. More on that in a bit!
These upper cabinets were the ones we moved to the other wall -- they didn't function well for us in this spot:
So instead I built this long shelf over our top loader washer and dryer:
It works SO much better for us! I also did this at our old house and we missed it.
The final piece of this pretty puzzle was the blue and cream floral wallpaper I picked for the long wall in here:
I can't forget the extra storage in this closet as well! I added those floating shelves in that dead space and moved the kitty litter into this closet:
You can see how to install this cute cat door here!:
A few have asked where we keep coats and outdoor stuff. The coats go in a coat closet most of the year, and on the bench hooks during the winter. Most of our outdoor gear is in the cubbies above the bench.
Now for my favorite part -- the before and after pics! Here's the folding table wall before:
And this is how it looks now!:
I filled in that space above the cabinets just like I did in the kitchen at our last house. It's really just building a big box and trim to make it look built in. I secure it to the beams in the ceiling as well so the weight is not directly on the cabinets.
Here's a way back photo of how that wall looked after we moved in:
And after all the added storage and pretty touches!:
Do you see my creeper in the doorway? 😂
The washer and dryer on that long wall before:
And how this spot looks now, with the cabinets moved and the long shelf that creates easy access to our laundry supplies:
We've had that drying rack for years -- I just built a simple wood frame for it so it pops on the wallpaper background. I'll link all of the items in this room at the bottom of the post!
This is truly the laundry/mud room of my dreams now! I absolutely ADORE this space. Funny thing -- having a clean, organized (and yes, pretty) spot for laundry really does make a difference. I find it much more enjoyable to do laundry now:
As you can see, Colby followed me around as I took photos. He clearly thinks this is his room now:
Other than the cat door and crown molding, this part of the room didn't change much:
The changes weren't difficult, but they were a lot of work! If that makes sense. ;) I'm super proud of everything I did in here -- I don't think I could love it more.
As always, thank you for following along on my DIY journeys! I hope this room inspires you as well:
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!
You can find links to the projects and products below:
DIY projects How to install base cabinets Long shelf over top loader washer and dryer Adding shelves to end of a closet Custom touches for builder cabinets How to install an interior cat door Building cabinets up to ceiling How to install cat door Large DIY chalkboard No sew bench cushion DIY It's good to be home sign
Paint colors Base cabinets in Cyberspace Trim is Pure White Walls are Whitestone
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