DIY, Our Farmhouse

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

After another week of working on our mud room makeover, I can say that it is really coming together!  I cannot wait to feel like this space is part of our farmhouse and to maximize it’s full potential.  This past week’s work was still a bit tedious, but I am starting to brainstorm and work out the storage details, along with decor options.  There is a lot of the fun creative work ahead that I am looking forward to.  But first, let me get you caught up.

If you missed the initial introduction to this series, you can see all the before pictures HERE of our mud room makeover.  And if you need a reminder of the work done in week one, click HERE for those progress pictures.

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My goal for this second week of work was to:

  • Finish painting the baseboards, trim, and door
  • Paint the window frames
  • Clean and spray paint the light fixtures
  • Wash, iron, and re-hang the curtains
  • Paint and poly the brick floor
  • Scrub the wood floors

I am thrilled to tell you that I accomplished all of the to-do’s on that list!  Woohoo!

So, let’s take a peek:

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

Sometimes I tape off windows when I paint the frames, and sometimes I don’t.  Either way, I am always so much happier when I do use painters tape as the clean-up is quicker.

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

We had the incredible blessing of two days this past week with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s.  The timing could not of been more perfect as it gave me a chance to spray paint the light fixtures outdoors and to clean the windows from the outside.  {And then it snowed and became unbearably cold again!}


The brick floor.  There are no words for the before.  But, I’ve got some super happy words for the after!  I used the same process as I did with the brick floor at our back door and the results have been just as incredible with this mud room makeover.

Using some chalk paint that I had on hand, I lightened a dark gray with some white and found the perfect middle gray that I was hoping for.

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

One coat {on top of two coats of primer} of the chalk paint later:

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

I was a bit worried during this project because I knew that I was very close to running out of paint.  Again, I was super blessed to have just.  enough.  paint.

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

Three coats of the chalk paint and two coats of polyurethane later:

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

And now for the current after pictures of this mud room makeover.  But first, a before picture because…I just have to!

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

It isn’t too noticeable, but I did use the same curtains that I had in here before.  They are just simple white valances that add a little sweetness to the room.

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

After almost two weeks of not using our mud room, my family was going a bit crazy…I was too.  There has been too much commotion with everyone going out of different doors, so we are back to using this room for it’s intended purpose.  So what does that mean?  Momma needed to get a doormat.

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

It’s not the prettiest rug in the world and that’s probably because…it’s a doormat.  But like I said upfront, we live in the country and there is a lot of snow, dirt, and mud that ends up in our farmhouse.  The doormat does cover almost half of the brick, but that’s okay…I know what prettiness is under there now.

Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover

Oh!  And any dirt, snow, rain, etc that gets on the brick tiles cleans up so easily now with the two fresh coats of polyurethane.

Let’s check out where the budget stands as of this week:

Week One Expenses: $13.47

Painters Tape: $0 (already had this)

Chalk Paint: $0 (already had this)

Polyurethane: $0 (already had this)

Curtains: $0 (already had this)

Spray Paint: $3.87

Doormat: $19.88

Total expenses so far: $37.22

Amount left in the budget: $62.78

Future Plans:

Week Three: Build and add a coat rack and storage for gloves/hats; brainstorm and check if shoe storage is in the budget; paint console table; add new light switch and outlet plug covers.

Week Four: Add decor and character to the room.

Well, that’s a wrap for this past week, friends.  Time to get working on that to-do list for this week.  {And if you want any sneak peeks throughout the week, check out my Instagram stories.}

And please go see what some other bloggers are up to as they do their own $100 Room Challenge…all the links are below!

{Edit: Here are the links to the other posts in this blog series: Before/Plans   —   Week One   —   Week Three   —   Final Reveal}



Farmhouse Mud Room Makeover


  1. The chalk paint looks great. I would not have thought about using it on the floor. Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Patti! Chalk paint is my go to for anything! 🙂

  2. Emy

    Your mudroom is looking so lovely and fresh! The brick looks amazing painted!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Emy! I can’t believe I put up with it for so long. Ha! Just glad it has been changed now though! 🙂

  3. I just love the care and attention to detail you’re putting into this space. It’s looking so great!!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you so much, Molly! I’ve been looking at this room for over 2 years now and have seen what does and doesn’t work…and thank goodness for Pinterest to fill in the rest! 🙂

  4. I’m learning so much just reading all these great posts! I didn’t know you could use chalk paint on a floor like that! It’s looking amazing!

    1. Leigh

      I use chalk paint for practically everything! I love it! Thanks for popping over, Melissa!

  5. Wow! Your doing great on your budget! And chalk paint on the brick -wow!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Kristen! I am enjoying using what I have. And that green and orange brick had to go! 🙂

  6. I am so impressed. I love the brick floor. It looks better than I would have thought. Way to go!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Wendy! My only wish is that I didn’t live with the green and orange for two years! Ha! Thanks for popping over!

  7. Your floor turned out great!!! Those rugs are a must when you live in the country. I need a new one for my house! I’m sick of the mess.

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Tracy! I think I need to keep a regular rug budget so I can change them out when they get too worn out! 🙂

  8. I was wondering what you were going to do with that brick flooring, and the one mismatch color brick. Looks SO good (even with the doormat 🙂 ). And all the white trim certainly brightens things up. I love your decor style, so I cannot wait to see what you do in here!!!

    1. Leigh

      Erin, I so appreciate your encouraging words! I am so happy with how it is coming together. Although, I am still winging it a bit! 😉

  9. Kim

    I love how the floor came out! I’m no stranger to painting brick but I’d never have thought to use it on the floor. Fantastic idea and great progress. I can’t wait to see next week!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Kim! I’m in the “paint can fix everything” camp and so far it’s working! 😉 Thanks for stopping over!

  10. This gives me hope as I’m in the middle of chalk painting the tile on my hearth. Yours looks great and I bet your family will be happy to use the space again!

    1. Leigh

      I can’t wait to see your hearth, Meredith!

  11. Love how the brick floor turned out! Excited to see how the room comes together!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Maria! Kicking myself a little for not doing this sooner! Oh well, better now than never. Thanks for stopping over! 🙂

  12. Anna

    Personally I would have used a good quality porch and floor paint for your brick. No sealing required and easier touch up. Yes, that would have busted your budget but then sometimes ya get what ya pay for. 😉

    1. Leigh

      You are right, the project hinged on a budget. I do feel pretty good about it holding up as I did the same process at our back door over a year ago and it is still in perfect condition. I’ve never used a porch and floor paint before, but need to when we work on our back porch. Can you recommend a specific porch and floor paint? Thank you for your input!

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