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$100 Room Challenge: Mud Room Makeover {Week One Update}

Well, here we are.  Week one of the $100 Room Challenge is over and I am excited to share our mud room makeover progress with you.  That old saying, “It gets worse before it gets better” is absolutely true.  I had not realized how essential our mud room is to our family until I removed everything.  It’s a bit chaotic as we all leave from various doors…one of which is not the mud room.  But I keep telling my family that this mud room makeover will not last forever and it’s going to be worth it.

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I shared all of the before pictures in my blog post last week.  So, today, I will share just one quick before picture and then get on with what I have been up to.  If you would like to follow along throughout the week, I will be sharing more over on my Instagram stories.

The first thing to do in this room was to empty it out.  Yep, everything had to find a temporary home, with a few things being placed in a donation pile.  Yipee!

This is the current state of our front entry

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

and our homeschool room.

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

Now to the cleared-our mud room:

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

It’s always best to start with a clean slate and to look at the room with fresh eyes…clear of all the things.

This week was not glamorous, friends.  We’re talking tedious tasks in this mud room.  The ones that we usually try to skip, but I knew that when this mud room makeover was complete, that I would be so happy I didn’t skip any of these steps:

1. Patch all of the holes in the walls.  I am not sure why there were 20 nail holes in this one room…and hooks hanging way high up on the wall.

2. Clean the space.  I wiped down all of the walls, baseboards, and windows.

3.  Paint the ceiling.  Ugh.  I really don’t like painting ceilings, but anytime I skip it, I immediately regret it.  From experience, I find that it is easiest to paint the ceiling before the walls, so it doesn’t matter if you get a little sloppy with the brush work.

I have also found my favorite go-to ceiling paint.  It is the Glidden Ceiling Paint that goes on pink, but dries white.  Wait, what?  Pink?  Dries white?  Yes!  It is amazing to use.  When the paint is wet, it is pink.  And then it dries to a flat white.  This makes painting a ceiling so much easier because you can see exactly where you have painted.

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

4. Prime the trim, baseboard, door, and floor bricks.  Again, tedious, and not very exciting but, I have found that priming is key as well.  It is not an exciting part of a room makeover, but it will save time, energy, and money when it comes time to paint.  I applied two coats of primer on the trim, baseboard, and floor.  And three coats on the door.

Oh and priming always looks awful!

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

5. Finally: painting!  I went with my go-to white for our farmhouse, which is Sherwin Williams Pure White, which I always have color-matched into a Glidden or Behr paint at The Home Depot.  This past weekend, I applied two coats of the paint to the walls, trim, and baseboards.

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

Mud Room Makeover on a Budget

I didn’t think that a room with four windows could get any brighter, but this one sure did.  The hubby says it looks like a hospital, and I totally get it.  So, if you are thinking the same thing, let me assure you that all will be well in the end.  ♥

Since this is the $100 Room Challenge, I want to keep you up to date on my expenses.

Week One Budget:

Joint Compound (to fill holes): $0 {already had this}

Primer: $8

Angled Paint Brush: $5.47

Paint Roller & Tape: $0 {already had these}

Paint: $0 {already had this}

Now that this mud room makeover has started, I can see a little bit of a timeline ahead…unlike the “winging it” I mentioned in my first blog post.

Future Plans:

Week 2: Paint another coat on the trim and baseboard; Paint 2-3 coats on the window frames; Paint a 4th coat on the door; Clean and spray paint the light fixtures; Wash and re-hang the curtains; Paint and poly the brick floor.

Week 3: Work with Mr. Little by Little Farmhouse and decide on the coat rack and other storage; Paint the mud room table.

Week 4: Add decor to the room.

{I’ve shared some of my inspiration over on Pinterest!}

I know that today’s update wasn’t anything super pretty or an overwhelming change.  It’s a step in the right direction though and it will be the backbone of this entire mud room makeover.

Come back next week to see the progress!  And in the meantime, check out the other bloggers who are also doing their own $100 Room Challenge below!



Mud Room Makeover on a Budget


  1. Love it!!! It looks so bright and clean! What a fresh start!

    1. Leigh

      Yes! A fresh start is exactly right. Thanks for the encouragement, Tracy! ♥

  2. Momma

    It looks fabulous! A nice clean palate to create on! Do your magic🙌

    1. Leigh

      Yes! That is what I told Mr. Little by Little Farmhouse…and the kids too! ♥

  3. I love this already! Your house looks beautiful, so many windows!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Roxanne! Yes, a lot of windows. They let in so much natural light, but I don’t have much wall space. Take the good with the bad, right? 🙂

  4. Wow. It looks so much brighter already and I cannot believe that great tips about the pink turning white paint. My husband is going to love this.

    1. Leigh

      It makes painting a ceiling so much easier. But, you should of seen my face when I opened the can for the first time and didn’t know what it was! 🙂

  5. How cool is that ceiling paint? I will keep that in mind for future projects. I just repainted my bathroom ceiling but it was pretty small so I think I covered it. Can’t wait to see how this space comes together.

    1. Leigh

      Thanks for popping over, Gabby! The ceiling paint is especially helpful in a large room. 🙂

  6. How cool is that ceiling paint!? Love all of the white trim – it looks so fresh and clean!

    1. Leigh

      The ceiling paint has been a game changer for me since there is nothing more frustrating than realizing after the project is done that you missed painting some of it. Thanks for the encouragement, Meg!

  7. The power of paint never ceases to amaze me! Awesome progress!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Ashley! Paint fixes everything is my motto!

  8. What a breath of fresh air all that bright, clean, white is! Lol to the hospital comment. I’m sure you’ll cozy it up with accessories. I’m a big fan of your clean slate!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Molly! I told the hubby it will be okay. I love a clean slate too!

  9. I love the white! I’m sure my husband would have said the same thing, but I know it’ll be gorgeous in the end!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you for the encouragement, Meredith! I’m about over all the tedious tasks of this project…bring on the fun decorating part! 🙂

  10. Wow you got so much done already. All that painting seems easy but is still time consuming!

    1. Leigh

      Yes, Kristen! The painting doesn’t look like much was done, but you know how tedious all that can be. Close to be finished with the painting because I am ready for more fun parts of this makeover!

  11. Emy

    The room is looking fantastic! I love the tinted ceiling paint too!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Emy! It’s certainly getting there! 🙂

  12. I think the door and the brick makes a huge difference in the room! Looks great!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Wendy! Wait until you see the brick after it is painted with the real color. It proves that paint can fix most anything! Thanks for the encouragement.

  13. I think the door and the brick makes a huge difference in the room! Looks great!

  14. It looks so much bigger! You’re so right, painting the ceiling is one of those necessary evils that you definitely regret not doing. I CANNOT wait to see the brick painted!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Colleen! Your encouraging words are cheering me on!

  15. All that painting is really paying off because the space looks so nice and bright now! Your windows are amazing! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Maria! Painting always seems exciting on the first day, right? After a few days, it definitely loses any type of fun. Ha!

  16. It’s looking clean and fresh, and husband’s just can’t see our vision can the? But when it’s finished, he will then love it. At least that is usually how it works with me!

  17. The coat of white paint looks so good!!! It is SO bright. I know all those tedious steps are not glamorous, but they make such a huge difference in the end! Cannot wait to see what you do next… and I’m really excited to see how you work with the stone/tile on the floor 🙂

    1. Leigh

      Thanks Erin! I am excited to reveal how that turned out…and thrilled the green and orange are gone! 😉

  18. You are right, the room got a whole lot brighter. I actually love it. Probably because it looks so fresh and ready for new beginnings. Can’t wait to see what you do with the space.

    1. Leigh

      Yes! I love when rooms look fresh…now for the fun! Thanks for the encouragement, Kelli.

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