Easy & Frugal Laundry Room Makeover



Holy absence Batman, I am so sorry for being away so long from regular posting!  On the plus side, we are officially IN OUR NEW HOUSE!!!  YAY!!!!!!

This is our first home purchase, and we are in LOVE with our new place. Does that mean I’m going to leave it as is? Not Bloody Likely! :)

Now, we’ve only been in the house for about two weeks, so I haven’t done much yet. We painted the living room, that’s about it. We’re still waiting on furniture to arrive, and frankly, we’re just trying to catch our breath. I will have LOTS of home project posts in the future though. While the home is wonderful as it is, I have lots of plans. Lots.

While  I get working on those projects, I’ve got a few leftovers from living at my mom’s to share with you. I did manage to help her with some DIY decor projects during those months together. For starters, who’s interested in a Frugal Laundry Room Makeover?

Quick and Frugal Laundry Room Makeover - so simple but effective!

Since we were living with her for several months during our house hunt, a lot of this mess is our fault. :(  I’m almost embarrassed to show you how sloppy we could be, but get ready, ’cause I’m gonna! The cat is ours as well, so full blame for the litter mess is on our shoulders!

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

EW. Am I right? Mom’s  mud room/laundry opens off the garage door, and it is pretty narrow as it is. Let’s toss in the worst Chicago winter in a long while (great way to renew our acquaintance after five years in Vegas – ugh!), three adults, a cat, a dog, and a toddler. Whaddya get outta that?


Really, all we needed was some spit ‘n polish, and a few organizing changes.  Mom has a hall closet, so that held our winter jackets. The mud room had just became a catch all of hats, scarves, boots, and mittens, plus the litter box and actually laundry stuff.

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

My mom has a million of these little wicker baskets, most of ‘em stacked up in a corner, so these were a simple and free fix. The biggest one holds all our ski hats and ear muffs, the middle one holds adult gloves, and the little one holds all of J’s little mittens and gloves.

A tension rod and some bronze shower curtain rings created a neat scarf display. It even does double duty to hide the ugly wall and hookups! :)

The dog is notorious for eating the cat food, so we always have to have it up high.  At least the little wicker place mat makes it look like a nicer offering for Milo. ;)

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

For those wet boots, we picked up some inexpensive plastic trays from the hardware store and lined them up.  The best addition to this space is that dark cabinet you see in the corner. It’s a special little bench, designed to hide your litter box!  We got ours at Amazon for about $150 or so, and it is SO WORTH IT.  The tray placed outside doubles for boots and errant litter, though the box is designed to reduce the litter tracked outside the box. We love it!

I decided to up the design of the space with some paint and vinyl.  The wall over the folding ledge was just so…so…boring. No style at all. We can’t have that, can we???


Break out the painters’ tape people, let’s do this thang.

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

Before you even think to ask, let me just say, YES. YES, my famous impatience reared its head for this project.

Now, I did go so far as to use our laser level for the stripes. Yay, points for me!!

That about sums up my measuring/planning. After a crude sketch in pencil of the lines, which I chose at random spacing on the wall itself, I slapped the paint up and checked the level again to make sure they were still straight. They were. (Mostly. Not so’s you’d notice otherwise. Moving on!)

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

Breaking out my brand new Christmas present may have been the incentive for some vinyl lettering on this wall. Mom gave me a Silhouette, and I hadn’t used it at all! How insulting is that to a great gift?!  So a few rolls of vinyl and transfer tape later, and I set about getting my placement correct.

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

Final touches included a laundry basket that Mom always has here for whites, and a (slightly inventive) solution to the baseball hat problem. (The problem being mostly that my husband has a bunch of hats, and wears about two of them. But heaven forbid they not all be available for selection!!)

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

Even a small mud room or laundry space can be made over pretty!

I managed to turn this around in a day (since I’m too impatient to let paint dry for 24 hours), and I think it turned out pretty nice! Of course, now that we’ve moved and taken the car and all our stuff with us, it looks even nicer for Mom. Tons of space! :)

What do you want to change about YOUR mud room or laundry space?


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  1. This is a cool idea! I love the wall decal! Its crazy how something so small can add such a dramatic change! I love how the space turned out!

  2. It came out great. Can you come over and do mine now LOL. My laundry is in the basement, so I don’t have much of a laundry area….sigh.

  3. What a great makeover. I would really like to get the men in my house to help be more organized.

  4. Congats on purchasing your very first home. I love what you did with your laundry room. I hope for a house of my own some day, hopefully sooner than later!

  5. I need more mud space, that’s for sure. I like your plastic tray idea, but I’d have to have them in the front hallway and I’m not so keen on that.

  6. Such a nice make over; my laundry room looks pretty messy and just so much clothes everywhere. I really need to have a make over of my own; I also love the quote.

  7. Love, love, love it! It is amazing how a simple makeover can really improve the look of the room. And not spending much is good too.

  8. That is so cute, we are currently renting until we figure out where exactly we want to live in our new State and the laundry room here is so small it needs help. There is not enough room for what you did but I do wish it had some storage.

  9. Really creative and simple to do. I love it! My laundry room is actually in our garage (we live in a warm weather state). We moved it out there over 20 years ago to enlarge our kitchen. I still should decorate it up a bit and make the area a little nicer. Thanks for the ideas.

  10. You can tell a lot of hard work went into the project. It looks great!

  11. Love this! Can you come do mine now? ;) Seriously though, I really wish every floor plan included a mud room. I HATE the washer dryer being in a tiny space behind accordion (?) doors, like in my current house! Ugh.

  12. Looks great. I remember when we remodeled our laundry room. It made doing laundry so much easier.

  13. It’s looking nice! I think those decals add pizazz and a nice feeling to any space. I may look into getting some or using some stencils with natural paint. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the new house!

  14. Your laundry room got a great update. Love the wording on the wall. Our laundry room is in the basement. I wish it had more light. So hard to see sometimes.

  15. I love what you did with this space. I need to take some of these pointers… My laundry area is quite scary!

  16. You did a great job! I love everything that you did. It was very creative.

  17. Hi Judy! I love how organized you got this space! And those stripes on the walls just make it so appealing!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier! You have a new follower :)

  18. I just realized I called you Judy!! So sorry..I saw Judy on your picture and didn’t realize you were referring to Judy Garland!!

    • Hahaha, no worries at all! I’m mildly obsessed with her, so I can understand the confusion. :) So glad to have you stop by! :)

  19. That quote is genius! Good luck with your silhouette, I am sure you will love it!

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