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$100 Room Challenge: Mud Room Makeover

What better time for a room makeover than at the beginning of a brand new year?  I am so excited to finally be tackling this mud room makeover.  Now, this space isn’t anything horrid, it just hasn’t been updated by Little by Little Farmhouse yet.  And it is also lacking some character…and organization.

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This challenge comes with a low price tag and some guidelines.  You can read the entire post by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for the full scoop.  But if you are just looking for a brief summary, here it is: the makeover can utilize items you already have on hand and any new purchases must not total over $100.  {You can meet some other wonderful bloggers who have also taken up this challenge at the bottom of this post.}

I am excited about this mud room makeover and transforming it into a room that is a reflection of the rest of our farmhouse.  But I also want this makeover to result in our mud room serving its purpose well {aka help get us out the door quickly, easily, and without arguing!}.

Each week, I will update you on the progress of our mud room makeover, with the finally reveal being at the end of this month.  At that time, I will share all of the after pictures with you, along with my expenses.  If you would like to see more updates on this makeover as they happen, follow along on Instagram or Facebook.

Let’s get started where every good makeover begins.  The before pictures, followed by the mud room makeover plan!

Mud Room Before

As you can see, it’s a good size mud room.

Mud Room Before

This door leads outside to the front of our farmhouse.  We call this entry our “family” entrance…we usually try and have guests enter via the front door so they don’t have to deal with our hot mess in here.

Mud Room Before

On the other side of the mud room is our catch-all table.

Mud Room Before

As you can see, there are a lot of windows and not much wall space.  {This is a theme throughout our entire home.}

And now for some ideas.  I honestly don’t have an exact plan…I am known for winging-it most of the time with our home.  But, I do have some roundabout ideas and know that it will all come together {I work best under pressure}.

Of course, the entire room will get a fresh coat of paint.

And then there is the issue of stuff.  You know, coats, hats, scarves, shoes.

This ladder coat rack has served us well in this home and in our previous home.  It is a unique idea, but I need something that will grow as my kids grow.  When my husband first built this ladder coat rack, he placed three hooks on the lower rung for our children.  This was perfect because the couldn’t reach the top.  Now that their jackets are small adult sizes, we need to make some adjustments.  I will probably stick with hooks, but I am tired of coats almost touching the floor.

Mud Room Ladder Coat Rack

And then there are all of those other items I mentioned previously.  Just like the coats are getting bigger, so are the shoes and gloves, etc.  We are in desperate need of some organization and storage for these with this mud room makeover.  Again, I have some ideas, but they need to be tried out first to determine which will work best.  {Ehem…this is where Mr. Little by Little Farmhouse steps in.  Remember when I finally admitted to not using many power tools?!}

Mud Room Before

The door will definitely be getting a coat of paint, but I’m not sure if I will make it a statement color or not.  Yep, I am sticking with the “let’s see how it goes” plan.

Mud Room Before

This photo below.  Ugh.  My archnemesis is here.  Well, three actually.  Let’s start with the most obvious: that sign.  If you laughed out loud, it’s okay.  I would too…if it wasn’t my life.  😉  Without naming any names or pointing fingers at stinky armpits, I didn’t care about decor when I threw this sign up on the wall.  All I wanted was for the stink to end.  Guess what?  The sign worked!  But now to figure out a less tacky solution.


Mud Room Before

Next up is that shoe horn.  Again, not naming names or pointing fingers, but why do these exist?  It really messes up the mojo of a room.  So, yes, a solution needs to be figured out.

And then there is the lighting.  I have no idea why an outdoor light has been placed indoors.  An on-budget solution needs to be figured out for the lighting as well.

Drum roll please as I divulge a hidden secret…

Mud Room Before

Why must there be a green brick glazed floor?  And with one single orange brick in the middle?  Why oh why?

This area is definitely getting a makeover…even though it will end up with a rug covering most of it.  Which brings me to another update…a rug!  I’ve had a durable brown rug in here since we moved in and it has worked.  But I need something more durable, darker, and easy to clean.  Guys, we live in the country.  This mud room always has mud in it.  And if there isn’t mud, there is snow.

Mud Room Before

Let’s do a quick hop over to the other side and then we’ll wrap this up.

This table is vital to our family as we store pretty important “mud room related items” in these drawers.  And the space on top and below is usually full of library books to return and any other items that are leaving our house.  It is super functional and I know that I won’t find a better storage solution within my budget, so it will probably get a coat of paint to update and freshen it up.  What color?  Ummm…your guess is as good as mine!

Mud Room Before

Well, that’s it.  I shared my dirty mud room with you.  Now you’ve seen it all…sort of.  I am so excited to share this mud room makeover process with you.  But no judging on my winging-it, okay?



Check out these wonderful bloggers who are joining in on this $100 room challenge!


  1. Hi Leigh,

    What a nice space to makeover. So big!! I do love that ladder rack so hopefully you find another use for it. Can’t wait to see what you do with the space.

    1. Leigh

      Oh, don’t worry, that ladder will stay inside my house! It was one of my very first junkin’ purchases and I practically stole it! Ha! Thanks for the encouragement, Patti! ♥

  2. What a fun space to reorg. It is functional yet you see it a lot. Making it pretty will be fun!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you for the encouragement, Gabby! Yup, it isn’t a terribly space, but I know that it could work so much better for our family! Thanks for stopping by. ♥

  3. I already have mudroom envy, and you haven’t even started the makeover yet! You get such great light from those windows. I cracked up at your deodorant sign, only because I can totally relate. Can’t wait to see what you do in here!

    1. Leigh

      Phew, I’m not the only one with stinky kids! 😉 Thanks for the encouragement, Meredith! ♥

  4. Emy

    Your sign made me LOL. I have 2 stinky kids so I feel ya. Maybe I need a sign too. 🙂

    Anyways, I love your room! It’s such a great space and I can’t wait to see what you do.

    1. Leigh

      Woohoo! You get the sign thing? It was in a moment of desperation and wanting to breathe that I threw it up there.
      Thanks for your encouragement, Emy! I am excited about this challenge. ♥

  5. I love how big and bright your mud room is, I don’t even have one in my home so I have major mudroom envy 🙂 Looking forward to following along and seeing what you do!

    1. Leigh

      Maria, you are so sweet. I am looking forward to a mud room with a little less mud and disorganization though. Thanks for stopping by! ♥

  6. What a fun space to work with. I can see lots of potential here!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Ashley! I am excited to start working on it! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. YAY for mudroom makeovers!!! I’ll be joining you this month. You have such a great space (so much room!), so I cannot wait to see what you do with it… By the way, that deodorant sign is the best thing ever 🙂 Totally brightened my day!

    1. Leigh

      Keepin’ it real over here! 😉 Thanks for popping over, Erin. And thank you for including me in this fun challenge! I am so excited! ♥

  8. I love your sense of humor and your “winging it” style! This is such a huge great space and I can’t wait to see what you do. My kids aren’t quite old enough yet for that sign but I could see me doing this too!!

    1. Leigh

      All I can say is that I was desperate and it seemed like a good solution at the time. Also, I am currently glad it is winter so the sign isn’t as necessary! 😉
      Thanks for popping on over, Melissa!

  9. That sign cracked me up! This is such a great space, can’t wait to see what you do with it! That ladder coat rack is so clever – love it!

    1. Leigh

      Aww, thanks, Meg! The struggle is real over here with stinky teens. 😉 I so appreciate the encouragement on the room! ♥

  10. You really have a great space to work with here, I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Roxanne! I am excited to finally make this room feel like it belongs in our home! ♥

  11. What a great space to work with! Although so many windows means there’s so little wall space, it also means gorgeous windows. I can’t wait to see how you transform this room. (I totally need to make a sign like that for my middle school classroom!)

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Jenny! You are right, the natural light from the windows can’t really be beat…until it comes time to clean all of them in my house. And you should totally make a sign like that because I cannot even imagine some of the smells in your classroom. Ha! ♥

  12. Leigh, I love this big, bright room, and I totally LOL’d at your sign- we need one of those at our house with two boys! I can’t wait to see what you decide to do with this space!

    1. Leigh

      Beth, there is no shame in posting a sign like this with boys in the house! 😉 Thank you for stopping by and for the encouragement! ♥

  13. Your sign made me laugh so hard!!! I had to say it for years to my oldest every morning. Half of the time he would be running back upstairs before the bus!
    I can’t wait to see what you do with your mudroom!

    1. Leigh

      Girl, ya gotta have the deodorant sitting at the front door! 😉 I forgot to show that part! Ha!
      Thanks for popping on over and telling me about this challenge! ♥

  14. Kim

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out! Such a great space and you have such great ideas!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Kim! Fingers crossed as I’m knee deep in paint right now! ♥

  15. Wow your mudroom is so big! I am totally jealous. I think it’s going to be amazing and can’t wait to see what you decide to do.

    1. Leigh

      Yes, it is a big room…long and narrow, so we are always bumping into one another. I am hoping that organizing it a little better will help alleviate that too. Thanks for popping on over! ♥

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