Every time I walked into the house, I cringed.
Every time I did laundry, every time I went to grab my coat, every time I went to get the mail.
I couldn’t stand our mudroom, and I was constantly in and out of it.
It was a tight space with a bench blocking the window. The bench filled up quickly with backpacks, hoodies, and amazon boxes. There wasn’t any place to put anything down and then of course a third of the room was a huge closet.
It was beige-y, boring, and not functional for our family.
We had big plans to knock out the closet and put in countertops and cabinets. However, we didn’t have the time or budget to take that on this summer.
We thought that we were stuck with this room as it was.
However, we changed a few things here and there – and it started with painting an accent wall and building cubbies. Before we knew it, we had a whole new room even with the old closet.
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1. List the things that drive you crazy.
The first thing we did was think about what we didn’t like about the room. Figuring out what we didn’t like (other than just saying “ugh I can’t stand this room!”) helped us see what we could and couldn’t fix.
Here’s our list of things we didn’t like about our current mudroom.
- There was nowhere to store coats, shoes, and backpacks – and therefore was always a mess.
- There was not enough light.
- It was a boring space – beige paint, beige and brown floors.
- And, there was the huge walk-in closet, taking up a huge chunk of the room.
2. Brainstorm fixes for each item on your list.
Next, we jotted down a fix for each thing that drove us crazy.
- Nowhere to store outdoor gear –> Build locker-style cubbies with bench and plenty of space for drawers or baskets
- Not enough light –> Move bench away from window, switch out the light fixture for a brighter (more modern) one
- Boring space –> Paint, stencil an accent wall, install shiplap?
- Huge closet –> Tackle this stage of the project at a later date
By simply listing out the problems and fixes, we had ourselves a blueprint of what our mudroom makeover would look like. Now, we weren’t planning on tackling the closet/countertop fix this time. However, that’s okay!
With all of the other changes, I was certain our mudroom would get its much needed makeover. Here’s an after picture – what do you think?!
3. Make a master list – break large goals into smaller action items.
In order to get our mudroom from the before picture to the after picture, we took our list of fixes (above), and then we turned it into our master list. We had four main items to work on.
- Stencil the wall
- Install shiplap
- Build an entryway piece with bench and cubbies
- Replace light fixture
And then, within those large items, we broke it down into smaller tasks. For example, the stencil task looked like this:
- Stencil the wall
- Choose paint colors for wall and stencil
- Paint entire room
- Review stenciling techniques
- Do a practice stencil
- Stencil wall
Breaking large items into smaller ones make them more manageable and it gives you direction on what you need to do next. Also, action items keep you from getting overwhelmed or wasting time.
4. Set goals to complete action items each day or week.
Now that we had a master list with manageable action items, we set goals each week to complete certain action items. Each day, we chipped away at our action items, crossing things off the list here and there.
It took us a month – but we had an incredible mudroom makeover. The process of listing out the problems with the room, then determining solutions worked so well for us.
All of the years that we’ve lived in this house that I spent frustrated with the mudroom or complaining about it, could have been channeled productively through creating solutions and chipping away at the projects.
I mean, you can’t tell that it was the same room!
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And, here’s one more before and after picture below: