Want to know all about the project start to finish?

The ‘before’ pictures {I can’t believe the previous owner lived like this…and that we did too!}

The plans

Day 1: Demo and Wainscotting

Day 2: Laying Tile and Picking Out Paint

Day 3: Painting the Walls and the Ceiling

Day 4: Installation!

Here is the finished mudroom in all its glory.  There’s still things I would like to do–possibly a roman shade in this funky print to match the ceiling, but for now I’m infinitely happy.

Edit!  We had a Roman shade made.  Click here for pictures of it!


Everything is just perfect.  I’ve done seven loads of laundry with the countertop and I don’t know what I did without it.  It makes the whole laundry process so much easier–from sorting, to letting things air dry, to folding.  And we did it all for $47 for the legs and $69 for the countertop.  That was the best $100 plus change I’ve ever spent.  And speaking of getting the most for your money, I love Ikea’s organizational systems.  Our whole laundry set came from there and it is so well made and easy to put together.


And I love this little rolling cart too.  We got it to disguise the dryer vent, but I also love all the extra storage–including twelve rolls of toilet paper for the downstairs bath…and Vivi’s leash, to boot!


I have a love for homemade laundry detergent and I store it in these two jars that are Martha Stewart via her mail order catalog, circa 1991.


And because I always keep it real, there’s a load in the dryer, a load in the washer, and one waiting to go in.  For such a small family we sure go through the clothes!


And Miss MM is feeling better too which is such a relief.  It turns out she had Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease which she also gave to C., my parents, and myself.  {C. got the high fever + sore throat.  The only thing I got were the *painful* red bumps on my hands and feet.}  Fun times.  Yesterday she smiled for the first time in five days.  It was a beautiful.


19 Responses to Taa-Daa!

  1. Randall March 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Great job! It looks beautiful, functional too!

  2. Chelsea March 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Share your homemade laundry detergent recipe please. 🙂

  3. Mandy March 2, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    I had tried homemade laundry detergent and it just didnt get the clothes clean. What do you use???

  4. drena March 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    looks great! Love the green ceiling.

  5. aunt margaret March 3, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Neato, Nat ! Great job you guys did. So glad MM is feeling better.

  6. Beth April 2, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I am jealous over your mudroom! Its looks like it could be in a magazine, you would make Martha proud! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter

  7. Marla April 2, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Amazing laundry room. It’s beautiful and so very organized.

    Marla @ http://www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

  8. Kelly April 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I love the laundry room! Mine looks a mess all the time! IT’s the catch all room!

  9. The Lumberjack's Wife April 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Oh, all my life I have dreamed of a beautiful laundry room. 🙂

  10. Liza April 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Is it funny to be envious of a persons laundry room? Because I am. I love the wire racks and baskets. Makes it look much cleaner and my dirty solid shelved.

  11. Rona April 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    It’s a terrific looking laundry room.
    I have to be organized. We very busy and if I don’t put appointments on the calendar well, it’s not pretty.
    Today, I forgot that I had a doctor’s appt on Wed. Ugh!
    Have a great weekend.

  12. angela April 3, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    WOW! I love it!! I love doing laundry anyway (weird, huh?) and THIS would make it even more enjoyable!

  13. Susie April 3, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    I LOVE your laundry room. At my house that’s the center of the chaos or organization. If the laundry room is organized then the rest of the house seems to be too!

  14. C April 3, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Awesome. Can you come to Oklahoma and fix mine?

  15. Kathleen April 30, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Oh *drool*

    I am loving your laundry space – it is fantastic! GOOD JOB! AND done at such a good price! Way impressed!!! Found you through the Shabby Nest’s Frugal Friday!

  16. Happy Nester April 30, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Your laundry room looks fantastic!

  17. belinda April 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    That looks sooooo great !

  18. Edna November 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Wonderful laundry space! Love the stainless steels, looks neat.

  19. Rona November 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    I remember those Martha Stewart canisters. I always meant to purchase them.

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