Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mudroom/Laundry project inspiration

For Christmas this year I gave each of the kids a long weekend.  Not for them to go away and relax, oh no.  I gave them each a 3 day weekend of my time to work on a specific project of their choosing at their house. This came with a Lowes gift card to start the project off.
It also came with the caveat that they had to be there to help.
He he he, not much of a gift, eh?
So no long vacation type weekend for them, they have to work through it.
I went ahead and scheduled the days off work beforehand and gave them specific dates so that this gift would not go unused all year. (since I’m such a procrastinator this seemed the right thing to do)
My son and daughter-in-law each got one of their own, on consecutive weekends, with the option to combine weekends to get a bigger project done.
It’s their turn coming up this weekend and they decided to go for it and pool their time together to get the back entry/laundry room made over.
This is a tiny area, 7ft wide by 10ft long, and has 3 doors in it. Outside entry on one end, a door to the porch along one side, and the door to the kitchen at the other end.
Currently it is carpeted with indoor/outdoor carpet, not heated, and has a wall of bi-fold doors along one side for the dryer and storage.
They HATE the bi-folds, they are always falling off or sticking or hanging funny, and the space inside this closet is mostly unusable. 
I don’t have pictures of it right now, but I will get some and show you what I mean.. I had suggested changing this room the first year they moved into the house.  I even had a curb found cabinet that would be the perfect starter for the space. (more on that in a later post)
We’ve been in the planning/dreaming stages all week trying to come up with a plan that will work.
This is the fun stage of the game, when anything is possible.
Tonight we will meet up and finalize the design plan.
Want to see some of our inspiration pics?  These all came from the site, one of my favorite sources for inspiration because it has photos of everything imaginable on it.
First off, the locker type area for coats and shoes.  This is a must, as they are struggling to keep the shoes in check. There’s no coat closet at this end of the house, so a hang up spot for several jackets is needed.
Olentangy Falls ~ Delaware, OH contemporary laundry room
Teri Turan traditional entry
This was picked as a favorite by the kids.
Lockers  hall
They also loved this one.  The pop of blue on the door really makes this area!
Classic Coastal Colonial Renovation - the Mudroom contemporary entry
Birmingham mud/laundry room, MI  laundry room
Shhh, these next 2 are my personal favorites.  I’m saving these to MY ideabook!
Love the wood planks on the ceiling and the floating bench!
ASID Showcase House traditional entry
Had to throw this one in just because I love the mirror and curved header above the shelf.
Peggy traditional laundry room
Now for the laundry side of the room.  Right now they just have a dryer in the space and the washer is in a kitchen closet, but down the road plan to buy a stacking front load washer/dryer set for the space. 
We’ll make it so it works for now with just the dryer, and still can be easily modified for the stacked set and a sink.
KBK Interior Design Portfolio contemporary laundry room
Laundry Room, NJ  laundry room
Laundry traditional laundry room
Must have a bar for hanging up clothes fresh out of the dryer.
Laundry  laundry room
Can’t forget a foldaway drying rack for delicates!
stephalain  laundry room
Under counter cubbies for laundry baskets, definitely needed.
Dream Mud Room traditional laundry room
Built in recycling bins are another must for this space.
Laundry Room Remodel - Erin & Brians traditional laundry room
Love the clean look of the cabinetry here.
Custom Amish Cabinets traditional laundry room
Pretty colors here!
fresh laundry traditional laundry room
Love the crown on the cabinets and the granite on the countertops.  Not so much the washer/dryer on the platform though.  Takes up too much space.
21st Century Bungalow contemporary laundry room
This area packs a lot into the small space.  Good example of what we can do.
McClelland Residence traditional laundry room
Now this one looks so clean and practical!
Laundry with cat contemporary laundry room
Here’s an idea for extra shoe storage we may be able to squeeze on the adjacent enclosed porch.
storage  laundry room
So many ideas and every one of these photo’s are beautiful.  It’ll be interesting to see what the kids end up choosing!
I just love this phase of a project, don’t you?
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  1. wow! that's going to be a great DIY. I'm glad you'll have help on this one. :)
    I can't wait to see before/after pics. Have fun! be safe!
    ps I'm on overload with the pics! I'd never be able to choose a fav. :)

  2. i just finished our laundry/mudroom...there are some things we need to tweak but it makes life so much easier! good luck!

  3. Rose, what a great gift idea. So many choices... I don't know which one I love more. That is the next room on my To Do List this year... wanna come do mine???

    Can't wait to see what you come up with. I am sure it will be amazing as always.

    Hugs, Deb

  4. How fun. Can I get one of your weekends? :-) You don't even have to throw in the gift card...

  5. What an amazing gift. Your time and building skills are a great gift and one I would love to have! Can't wait to see this makeover!

  6. Wow! What a generous and thoughtful gift! I have just one question. Do your days have 72 hours?! I need some of your get-up-and-go!!!

  7. I think that's a wonderful gift! I might forward your post to my dad. Give him a super subtle hint. :)
    I can't wait to see what you do! I know it will be fabulous!

  8. I love that gift idea! Your inspiration photos are to die for. I can't wait to see what you do. The question I'm wondering about is where you are gonna throw in an old door project ;)

  9. I can't wait to see what you do. I know it will be amazing! Great inspiration pictures too :)

  10. Can't wait to see the after. Although, I'd take the before. I'd kill for a mudroom!


  11. Kitchen countertops without paying over the odds. If you spend a fair amount of time in your kitchen you can really improve your quality of life by making improvements to this room through remodelling

  12. Great ideas and every one of these photo’s are beautiful!


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